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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Get Started Programme is Proving to be a Success

07/07/2014

Thirteen young people have completed the first Prince’s Trust ‘Get Started’ programme that was in partnership with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

“The first week of the Get Started programme went extremely well. All of the young people gained some valuable work experience and got a flavour of what it is like to provide a vital emergency response service."

James Hettihewa-Young, Service Programme Manager – The Prince’s Trust

The pioneering project helped young people to experience different aspects of the Fire Service, improve their soft skills and to establish and sustain a positive outcome in volunteering, education, employment or training through further mentoring support.

This programme was delivered over five days at the Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters and involved workshops from Learning and Development, HR, Marketing and Communications, Prevent and Protect departments. The experience also involved attending local operational incidents and driving lessons with dual peddle cars.

At the end of the week the group had a celebration of success event where local employers and family got the chance to see what they had learnt over the 5 days.

James Hettihewa-Young, Service Programme Manager – The Prince’s Trust, said: “The first week of the Get Started programme went extremely well. All of the young people gained some valuable work experience and got a flavour of what it is like to provide a vital emergency response service.

“The programme provides support to young people who may have difficult backgrounds and need support with their initial career steps. As a fire service, we are committed to providing a first class course for participants with the aim of making a real and positive difference to their lives.”