Programmes for children and young people

Here you will find information on our different courses and programmes for children and young people.

The Prince’s Trust team programme is a 12-week course for 16-25 year olds. This programme allows you to take part in community projects, gain work experience with a residential week, gain practical skills, and nationally recognised qualifications to help with your future career.

PLEASE NOTE: This programme won’t affect your Job Seekers’ Allowance, and can be a great way to build the skills and confidence you need to apply for jobs.PLEASE NOTE: This programme won’t affect your Job Seekers’ Allowance, and can be a great way to build the skills and confidence you need to apply for jobs.

PLEASE NOTE: This programme won’t affect your Job Seekers’ Allowance, and can be a great way to build the skills and confidence you need to apply for jobs.


How will the course help me?

More than 70% of our unemployed participants go on to jobs, training, or education within 3 months of completing the course.

Over your 12 weeks with us, you can:
  • Make friends and gain team-working skills
  • Develop communication skills and confidence
  • Uncover your hidden talents
  • Gain nationally-recognised qualifications including:
    • Prince’s Trust Certification in Employment
    • Teamwork and Community Skills
    • Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate
    • Drug & Alcohol Awareness and Sexual Health Awareness Training

Shaun Arundel: (01670 621168)

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Week 1 
Getting to know each other through team building activities

Week 2 
Residential, including outdoor adventure activities

Week 3 
Fire Safety, First Aid and Drug & Alcohol Awareness Training

Week 4 
Planning for Community Project 

Weeks 5 & 6 
Community Project (helping improve the area we live in)

Weeks 7 & 8 
Work Placements (we work with you to arrange a placement in an area of work that you’re interested in)

Week 9 
Employability Training Week (Interview skills, help with filling out applications forms and CV’s)

Weeks 10 & 11 
Team Challenge (helping members of the community who really it)

Week 12 
Final Team Presentation (a celebration of all the team’s achievements)

“While on residential, we took part in a variety of outdoor activities which included rock climbing, zip wire, archery and raft building. Some members of the team had different fears to overcome so as a team we helped to encourage them.” - Shania

“This made me confident and helped me make new friends who I will keep in contact with now that the course is finished...all in all, we have had an unbelievable experience, and this course has helped us to grow and develop.” - Kieran
The NYFA is open to people aged 13-17 who live in Northumberland. Cadets participate in a wide variety of fun and educational activities during weekly meetings (term-time only).

As a cadet, you will get the chance to learn firefighting skills such as:
  • using fire hoses
  • climbing ladders
  • road traffic collision awareness
  • search and rescue techniques


How will NYFA help me?

You should definitely consider joining the NYFA if you want to have fun and make new friends, all the while developing knowledge and skills that will help your future career.

You will learn valuable team-working skills, leadership skills, and communication skills.

Meetings are held once a week, between 6pm and 8pm, at local fire stations.

Alnwick, Berwick, Hexham, Rothbury, and Wooler currently have NYFA branches.

Please click here to find out more about your local fire stations.


What will I do at NYFA?

As a cadet, you will learn about Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, including key practical skills such as hose running, pump operation, and ladder drills.

You will be given the opportunity to work towards Northumberland’s Fire Cadet Award, and to apply and progress through the ranks of the fire cadets.

Please watch the video below to find out more:



Contact us

For more information, you can contact us on 01670 621158, or find us on Facebook @NorthumberlandYFA.

To apply, please fill out our online form below, and we will post the recruitment information out to you:

Community activities

These can include beach cleaning, fundraising, attending fetes and fairs to provide safety information, and completing home fire safety checks.

Social events

Young firefighters also get plenty of opportunities to attend social events such as ice skating, bowling and team building events. 


The bi-annual drill competition gives young firefighters the chance to showcase their skills and work as teams to compete in a series of firefighting drills, with the chance to become the annual drill competition champions.