Young unemployed people In Staffordshire who want to take their first steps towards a future career are being urged to apply for a place on a pioneering fire service project.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is teaming up with The Prince’s Trust and Safer Communities CIC to launch the charity’s Team Programme.
The three-month course is aimed at 16-25-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training and aims to give them the skills and confidence they need to start a career.
There are 15 places available on the full-time programme, which will start on October 13 and will run from Stafford Fire Station, Hydrant Way. During the course, young people will take part in a residential week away, complete a two-week work placement and get involved in a project to help a community.
The young people will be able to achieve The Prince’s Trust Certificate or Award in Employment, Teamwork and Community Skills.
Participants on the course in Stafford will also be helped to apply for their provisional driving licence, have the chance to sit their theory test at the Service’s headquarters and take part in a driver training programme. This is unique to young people on the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service course.
James Hettihewa-Young, the Service’s Programme Manager for the Prince’s Trust, said: "This is an excellent opportunity for young people to gain some valuable qualifications and experience that will really help them to stand out from other candidates when they are applying for jobs.
"Competition is still extremely tough which is why as a service, we are keen to support young people who are looking for work and want to put themselves in the best possible position to secure employment.
"The course will not only give participants the opportunity to achieve qualifications, it will also give them a taste of a work routine and the discipline and commitment that goes hand in hand with that. It also aims to boost the confidence of young people as well as improving their social skills, putting them in good stead for the future."
John O’Reilly, regional director for The Prince’s Trust, added: "This course is a fantastic opportunity for unemployed young people in Staffordshire to meet new people, gain new skills and give their CV a boost.
"Three in four young people helped by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training and we are pleased to be partnering Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service to help more young people in Staffordshire get their lives back on track and into work."