Great Yarmouth college students are steaming ahead in train partnership

Students and staff from Great Yarmouth College with Paul Oxley, Stakeholder Manager, Abellio Greater

Students and staff from Great Yarmouth College with Paul Oxley, Stakeholder Manager, Abellio Greater Anglia and James Reeve, Area Customer Service Manager, Abellio Greater Anglia - Credit: Supplied

Abellio Greater Anglia has recently teamed up with Great Yarmouth College to enable a group of students to adopt and volunteer at Great Yarmouth station, in order to help develop their key skills.

As part of the train operator's Adopter Programme, the students will be taking part in activities to improve the local station for rail users and the wider community. Initial activities will include the planting of station flower displays and Christmas stalls on Friday, December 11.

This project will form part of Great Yarmouth College's foundation skills course, which aims to increase confidence and develop practical skills for life and the workplace.

Volunteering and community engagement is also central to achieving these objectives.

The project will be funded through Abellio Greater Anglia's adopter programme but it is hoped that other local businesses will also support the students as they look to develop their activities at the station.

The scheme was officially launched on Friday, November 20 at Yarmouth station, where the students taking part in the scheme will got to meet the local station management team.

Paul Oxley, stakeholder manager at Abellio Greater Anglia, said: 'We are determined to play a central role in the communities we serve. We are therefore delighted that we are able to form a partnership with Yarmouth College to help their students develop their key skills at our station.

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'Our Adopter Programme is a fantastic award-winning scheme, which is going from strength to strength. With Great Yarmouth College taking part I am confident the programme can only get better.'

Pam Birt, programme area leader for foundation skills, Great Yarmouth College said: 'This is a fantastic opportunity for students in foundation skills to be involved in a project that will benefit the local community and visitors to Great Yarmouth. The students will develop practical work and social skills in a professional work environment. We look forward to developing the partnership between Abellio Greater Anglia and Great Yarmouth College.'