Young people fire up their career

Young adults in Northumberland are being given the opportunity to get their careers off to a blazing start.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) will be delivering the Prince’s Trust Team programme, a 12 week personal development course, this September.

The programme is aimed at unemployed 16 to 25 year olds, and offers work experience, qualifications, practical skills, community projects and an action-packed residential week.

The ambition of the programme is to help young people, especially those whose qualifications are holding them back, improve their confidence and find direction for their future. During the course, young people will get the chance to develop team-working skills and gain a nationally recognised qualification.

Team members will be offered career advice, help with job-hunting and putting together a CV. As a result, young people will have a better chance of progressing into a job, education or training after completing the course.

The development course will also have a positive impact in the local area, giving young people the chance to make a difference through work experience placements within community projects.

Councillor Dave Ledger, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council and cabinet member for the fire service, said: “We are committed to providing opportunities for young people and helping them find jobs.

“This course has had great success in preparing people for the world of work and I’d urge people to get involved.”

NFRS has a long history of success with the Team programme. Previous participants have gone on to receive a prestigious Prince’s Trust award and gained apprenticeships with NFRS.

The programme starts on Monday 14th September at Pegswood Community Fire Station. It is free of charge and will not affect jobseeker’s allowance, and transport and lunch will be provided.

For more information on the programme please email Ian Moffat: or phone 07825 366 008, or email Shaun Arundel: or telephone 01670 621168 or 07787 508 327.

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