Young people have been testing the water in a Cleveland Fire Brigade programme giving them the skills and confidence to get back into education, employment or training.
Raft building and canoeing activities are included in a series of nine-week courses to be rolled out across Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough and Redcar over the next two years with up to 200 young people expected to take part.
The Tees Valley Pathways Inspire Project also gives young people the chance to try a range of firefighting activities, teamwork and leadership exercises, work experience and one to one support alongside qualifications such as First Aid and Health and Safety.
The project is part of the the Tees Valley Pathways Youth Employment Initiative Programme, managed by Hartlepool Borough Council and aimed at 16 to 29-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training.
The first course based at Grangetown started last month. It will be rolled out to other venues across Cleveland over the two years and leads to a BTEC qualification in Fire and Rescue Services in the Community.
Sue Knott, Commissioned Services Manager for Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “The funding is great news and means that many young people will get the chance to get their life on track and gain enough confidence, skills and training to put them on the road to getting a job.
“Each course will have two co-ordinators and a team leader from our Youth Development Team and I am sure all those taking part will hugely benefit from what they learn.”
Anyone wanting to participate or get more information can contact Kelly McNeil, Youth Development Team, on 07802 864017 or at firstname.lastname@example.org