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Young people are to embark on a pioneering partnership project

26/09/2014

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A pioneering partnership project which aims to help young people take their first steps towards a successful career is to start next week.

"The aim of the 12-week course is to help the participants to build their confidence, improve social interaction and gain vital skills that will help them not only when they are taking their first steps on the career ladder but also in life generally. It is a challenging programme for the young people but the results can literally be life changing." 

James Hettihewa-Young - the Service’s Programme Manager for The Prince’s Trust

Safer Communities CIC in partnership with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has teamed up with The Prince’s Trust to launch the charity’s Team programme.

The 12-week personal development programme is aimed at 16-25-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training. It will give them the skills and confidence they need to get into work or training.

There are 15 places available on the full-time programme, which will start on September 29 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 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 the first of the Team programmes that we will be running in Staffordshire, in partnership with The Prince’s Trust, so it is a very exciting time both for the Service and for the young people who we will be launching the project with.

"The aim of the 12-week course is to help the participants to build their confidence, improve social interaction and gain vital skills that will help them not only when they are taking their first steps on the career ladder but also in life generally. It is a challenging programme for the young people but the results can literally be life changing."

A Prince’s Trust spokesperson said: "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 get their lives back on track and into work."

For information on how to apply for future Team programme courses call James Hettihewa-Young on 01785 898532, email Princes.Trust@staffordshirefire.gov.uk http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/princes-trust.asp