Success for Prince’s Trust scheme
12 December 2013
In an era where many young people find it difficult to gain a foothold in society, one group from North Lincolnshire are celebrating the prospect of future success following 12 weeks of working under the guidance of Humberside Fire and Rescue Service.
On December 17 each will collect a certificate to confirm they have qualified on the Prince’s Trust Team Programme after working with staff based at the Peaks Lane fire station in Grimsby. Thirteen unemployed people, all in the 16 to 25 age group, have completed the course, which has involved a residential visit, work placement and community-based project. Their qualification is nationally recognised and should help them find work, get into further education or be accepted for voluntary posts, putting them on course to leave unemployment behind. Prince’s Trust Team Leader Jamie Morris, who has been working with the team, known collectively as Blaze to Amaze, said: “The idea is that people on the course will leave better developed than when they started. “On the last course, we had 12 people complete the work and 11 of them are now in education, employment or volunteering. Different people get different things from the course and the results overall are very good.” The awards ceremony, to take place at Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education, will mark the end of the seventh session run by the service, in conjunction with the institute, which provides funding for the scheme. Overall, around 100 individuals have so far benefited from the courses, with more expected to follow in future. “The courses target those who are out of work, educational under-achievers, those lacking confidence and people who may have social or personal problems,” said Jamie. “We try to provide them with a new outlook on how to handle situations and it seems to work. “We keep in touch with people who have been on the course, either in person or through Facebook, afterwards to make sure they are progressing well.” The significance of the qualifications, which recognise newly acquired employment skills, team work and community skills, is reflected in the fact they will be presented by Chief Fire Officer Richard Hannigan, with other senior fire service staff and civic dignitaries also expected to be present. Each of those receiving an award will speak about what the course has meant for them personally.
Notes for Editors: The presentation will take place at Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education, Room 4H01, University Centre Nuns Corner, Grimsby, DN34 5BQ, from 1.30 pm. The event is expected to last an hour. For details of interview/filming opportunities please contact Jamie Morris, telephone 07970969425