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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Dealership helps put young people on the road to success

08/10/2014

Sean Cosgrove and Kate Staples with the KIA
Sean Cosgrove and Kate Staples

Young people taking part in a pioneering project are on the road to success thanks to the generosity of a car dealership in Hanley.

"Many of the young people have not had any driving lessons yet so it will be great for them to get some experience, free of charge, in a brand new car. We hope that it will put them on the road to success for when they are in a position to sit their test and will assist them when they are taking their first steps on the career ladder." 

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

Ken Jervis Kia is lending a brand new Kia Picanto to Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service for three months.

The car, which has been fitted with dual controls, will be used to give valuable driving experience to participants of The Prince’s Trust’s Team programme.

The Service is running the scheme in partnership with Safer Communities CIC and is the only facilitator of the course in the country to offer driver training.

Participants will also be given the chance to sit their theory test at the Pirehill headquarters while those who do not have provisional licences, will receive help to apply.

James Hettihewa-Young, the Service’s Programme Manager for The Prince’s Trust, said: "We are absolutely delighted that Ken Jervis Kia has agreed to lend us a Picanto for the duration of our first Team programme. The aim of the 12-week course is to build the confidence of young people who are not in education, employment or training and equip them with the skills they need to have a successful future, both in terms of their careers and their personal life.

"Many of the young people have not had any driving lessons yet so it will be great for them to get some experience, free of charge, in a brand new car. We hope that it will put them on the road to success for when they are in a position to sit their test and will assist them when they are taking their first steps on the career ladder."

Managing Director at Ken Jervis Kia David Norwood added: "Ken Jervis is extremely proud to be asked to sponsor this very special initiative with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. We are asked daily to support many different sponsorship opportunities but we thought this new initiative in collaboration with The Prince’s Trust was something very special for the young people of Staffordshire. We wish everyone who learns to drive in our car the very best of luck not only with this but also in their future."

As part of the course, the young people will also be able to achieve The Prince’s Trust Certificate or Award in Employment, Teamwork and Community Skills.

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 on the full-time programme, which started on September 29 and runs 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.

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