A TALENTED teen has created a mural on the walls of her college in Catterick Garrison after being challenged by staff to produce artwork that would inspire students.

Darlington College students on the Project-U course at the Catterick Garrison Skills Centre are encouraged to view the college as their own space so staff invited Abi Davies, 18, to create a mural to cover an entire wall of the centre.

Project-U manager Tracey Laycock said: “Abi is an amazing painter and she decided to select the different subjects that we teach here and paint something for each.

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“We run courses for hair and beauty, public services, health and childcare and painting and decorating, and she found images for each and painted them with painstaking detail – it took her about two months to complete and she spent hours and hours each day.”

Miss Davies said she wants to be a graphic designer and that she has enjoyed learning new skills at the college.

She said: “The course has taught me to be more patient and that if I try hard I can succeed. It has given me something to focus on and work towards.”

The mural includes badges for police and fire services and the Army.

Ms Laycock said: “It is great for her to have had a project of this size to focus on, especially when it something she enjoys so much.

“It is all part of the Project-U course which helps students gain skills for employment.

“One of the key focuses is on developing good communication and working skills, all essential for seeking employment.”