Get on course to boost future prospects

Young people enjoying themselves on a previous EVOLVE course

Young people enjoying themselves on a previous EVOLVE course

A ten-week course to boost confidence and job prospects of young people living in the Redcar and Cleveland area gets under way next month (June 18).

The course, called EVOLVE, is run by Cleveland Fire Brigade on behalf of Redcar & Cleveland Council and the Elite programme.

It is aimed at young people aged 16-19 who are currently not in work, education or training and have not taken part previously in an Elite training programme.

To help young people decide whether the course is for them, a special taster day will be held at Redcar Community Fire Station on Wednesday 5 June between 1.30pm and 4pm. You can view directions here.

Abby Burton, Youth Development Co-ordinator with Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “This will be the second time we have run this course and we have received excellent feedback from the young people who are part-way through the first course.

“It builds confidence, leadership and team building skills which are all important to help people into work. There’s also the chance to learn a range of Fire Brigade skills and gain a BTEC level 2 award as well as first aid accreditation.

“The course is designed to ease people into employment and is followed up with one-to-one coaching on completion, to support young people to search for jobs and apply and prepare for work effectively.

“I urge young people who are eligible to come along to the taster day to find out more about the course and how it could help them kick-start their lives to a brighter future.”

Young people need to devote between two and three days a week over the 10-week course period. Assistance with travel fees may be offered and young people on the course may be eligible to receive a £100 Training Support Allowance. The course is funded through the European Social Fund.

There is no need to book, but more information can be obtained by contacting Abby on 01642 777651. For those who can’t attend the taster day but are still interested in the 10-week course, held at Redcar Fire Station, should contact Abby on the number above.