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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Young people celebrate successful completion of course

15/07/2015

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A duo of celebration events will take place for young people who have successfully completed a Prince’s Trust course, run by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

"The young people have really enjoyed the programme and have gained a lot of experience that will put them in good stead for their future years in education. It is a really hands on course which the participants enjoy and learn a lot of practical skills from. The presentations are a great way for the young people to have their achievements throughout the course recognised and are a fitting way to celebrate their success."

James Hettihewa-Young - Programme Manager - Prince's Trust

A total of 24 school pupils aged between 13 and 15 will receive a certificate after taking part in the xl programme.

The first event will be held at Stafford Fire Station at midday on July 16 and the second will take place at Chase Terrace Community Fire Station at 11am on July 17.

Director of Prevent and Protect Dean Stevens and Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority Councillor Len Bloomer will present the certificates at the ceremony in Stafford.

Group Manager Tim Hyde will attend the event at Chase Terrace along with the Chairman of Burntwood Town Council Councillor Pamela Stokes and the Chairman of Lichfield District Council Councillor Norma Bacon.

Kate Staples, Head of Safer Communities CIC, will attend both presentations.

The young people took part in the xl programme for one day a week over a 12-week period. The course aims to give them the chance to boost their confidence by working together and learning team-building skills. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, training or education.

During the sessions, the participants went to Beaudesert Activity Centre, carried out firefighter training at the Service’s headquarters and completed a graffiti project on road traffic collisions.

The experiences they have had during the course are designed to help them to achieve their goals in education and training as well as in future careers.

James Hettihewa-Young, Programme Manager - Prince's Trust, said: "The young people have really enjoyed the programme and have gained a lot of experience that will put them in good stead for their future years in education. It is a really hands on course which the participants enjoy and learn a lot of practical skills from. The presentations are a great way for the young people to have their achievements throughout the course recognised and are a fitting way to celebrate their success."