Fourteen young people have today completed the Prince’s Trust ‘Get Started’ programme, run in partnership with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.
The pioneering project helps unemployed people aged 16-25 to experience different aspects of the Service.
It aims to help improve participants’ soft skills and to establish and sustain a positive outcome in volunteering, education, employment or training through further mentoring support.
The young people also gained a BTEC First Person on the Scene qualification as part of the five-day course.
The programme took place at Hanley Community Fire Station and focussed on the impact of road traffic collisions on the victim, the perpetrator, their families and the wider community.
It included workshops delivered by the Service, Royal Stoke Hospital and Interact Arts.
The young people have today received their certificates at a celebration event attended by Director of Prevent and Protect Dean Stevens, Head of Safer Communities CIC Kate Staples and Get Started Programme Manager Neil Parker.