Give your life a kick-start!

Attendees on the last Prince's Trust Course

Attendees on the last Prince’s Trust Course

Young people in the Redcar and East Cleveland area are being invited to a Prince’s Trust Team Taster Day on Wednesday 18 September at Redcar Fire Station, 10.30am-3.00pm, for a course that could help turn their lives around.

Cleveland Fire Brigade run free, full-time, 12 week, Prince’s Trust Team programmes and our next one starts on Monday 30 September. The course offers the opportunity to meet new friends and work together to carry out a range of tasks which will benefit local communities. Team members who complete the course successfully will gain a Prince’s Trust Certificate in Employment, Teamwork and Community Skills which is a nationally recognised qualification.

The programme, which is for 16-25 year olds, consists of a one-week residential team building exercise, carrying out a community project, a work placement and a team challenge. Other support is also offered, including help with CVs, job searching and identifying opportunities for progression such as apprenticeships.

Helen Williams, Children and Young Persons Services Manager said, “The Prince’s Trust Team Programme enables you to experience a sense of achievement, which will inspire you to move forward with new confidence and ambition.

“Many previous participants have gone on to achieve great things and many have commented that it has kick-started their lives. In fact more than 70% of unemployed people who complete the programme have gone on to find jobs, training or education within three months.

“We currently have 15 places available on our next course, so if you are stuck in a rut, unemployed or you’re not sure of your next step and you feel you have not reached your educational goals, come and see what the programme can do for you. Not only will we help you gain extra qualifications in areas such as Health and Safety and Emergency Aid, but you will also enjoy a great experience and have a chance to learn practical Fire Brigade skills such as hose running, ladders and search and rescue.”

If you are interested in the 12 week programme, or in attending the Taster Day, please call us on 01642 777645 or email princestrust@clevelandfire.gov.uk. You can also find out more about the course at www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/team.