Firefighting, first aid, raft building and canoeing activities were included in the first of several 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 first course on the Tees Valley Pathways Inspire Project started in May and and has led to 10 participants gaining a BTEC qualification in Fire and Rescue Services in the Community. And the course has already proved a success with some of the participants being offered jobs and further education places.
During a passing out ceremony at the Brigade’s Learning and Development Centre in Grangetown, the young people got a chance to show off their recently acquired skills to friends and family as well as Brigade management.
Presenting the young people with their BTEC certificates, Phil Lancaster, Director of Community Protection, said: “This course has provided you the opportunity to demonstrate what you can do and you have grabbed that opportunity with both hands. I’m delighted to hear so many of you are applying for jobs and apprenticeships and college courses and we wish you the very best for the future.”
Funded by the European Social Fund and Youth Employment Initiative, the Inspire Project is part of the the Tees Valley Pathways Youth Employment Initiative Programme, managed by Hartlepool Borough Council and aimed at 15 to 29-year-old young people who are not in education, employment or training.
Sue Knott, Commissioned Services Manager for Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “We are delighted the first course has been so successful with a number of participants finding routes into work, further education and apprenticeships.
“The aim of this course is to give young peole 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. We wish all the participants luck in their future and look forward to welcoming another group of young people very soon.”
Anyone wanting to participate in a future course or get more information can contact Kelly McNeil, Youth Development Team, on 07802 864017 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
The videos below are from the Demonstration & Passing Out Ceremony that took place on Friday, 1 July 2016.