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Kodak to sponsor Prince’s Trust team in Cambridge - Kodak has announced it will be supporting the unique work of The Prince’s Trust in Cambridge by adopting a Team of young people facing barriers into work or further education. The Team aged between 16-25 will engage in a 12-week programme of personal development at Cambridge Regional College, starting on 18th September, aimed at helping them to transform their lives and realise their potential.
Kodak’s European Research Division relocated to Cambridge in January and the sponsorship is part of a company-wide initiative to strengthen links within the local communities where Kodak is sited. Similar Teams have been supported this year in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire and Harrow, Middlesex where Kodak also has operations.
Anne Pollard, General Manager The Prince’s Trust for Cambridgeshire and Suffolk said, “This is the first time the Cambridge arm of The Prince’s Trust network has received sponsorship and we are greatly looking forward to working with Kodak to support these young people. Kodak’s funding will not only help them get their lives back on track, the Team will also have a significant impact on the local community through the voluntary work they do as part of the programme.”
The Prince’s Trust Team is a 12-week personal development programme, which enables 16-25 year olds, the majority unemployed, to develop their confidence, motivation and skills through teamwork in the community. Nearly 70% of unemployed participants find work or enter full time education or training after completing the programme.
“The Prince’s Trust is well known for its inspiring work with young people and Kodak is very pleased to support its work here in Cambridge,” said Dr Sam Weller, Kodak’s European Research Director. “Learning to work as a team is an important life skill and as part of the 12-week programme they will tackle a number of new and different challenges together. These skills will help them enormously when they move into employment. The scientists in our Research laboratories will also provide support to the group for fund raising ideas and interviewing skills at various stages of the programme. I greatly look forward to keeping up-to-date with their progress over the next three months.”
In addition to adopting the Team, Kodak will provide a digital camera and printer dock to enable Team leaders to record progress and each member of the Team will be given a number of single-use cameras to record their individual experiences and challenges.