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.