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Young baker rises to the challenge!

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service are proud delivery partners of The Prince’s Trust Team Programme, helping young people throughout Northumberland build their skills and confidence and helping to prepare them for employment or further education. 
 
Joseph McFarlane, 19, from Cramlington is a recent graduate from the Prince’s Trust Team Programme and after spending two years searching for his dream job in catering, through the Prince’s Trust Programme, has now landed his perfect job at a local family owned bakers. 
 
Delivered from the NFRS Headquarters in West Hartford, The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is a 12 week programme aimed at 16 to 25 year old who are currently not in employment, education or training (NEET). The programme is an opportunity for these young people to develop a range of new skills, meet new people and achieve a nationally recognised qualification. 
 
Joseph McFarlane commented on his positive experience: "12 weeks ago, I was unemployed and low in confidence. Thanks to the staff from Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service who deliver the Prince's Trust Team Programme and Glenton's Bakery, I now have the perfect job. I feel so proud." 
 
Chief Fire Officer at Northumberland Fire and Rescue said: “I am really proud of all our participants in The Prince’s Trust programme, we have delivered this programme for over 10 years and each time we run the programme I continue to be inspired by the young people who take part. I have the fantastic opportunity to see these young people transform and grow, seeing them build their confidence and develop their skills. 
 
“I would like to extend my congratulations to Joseph from our most recent cohort on his employment at Glenton’s Bakery. His confidence has grown throughout this process and it’s fantastic that Glenton’s Bakery were so impressed with Joseph during his work experience there that they offered him a job. 
 
“Glenton’s Bakery are one of our longest serving programme partners and they have supported our Prince’s Trust work placements for many years and I’d like to thank them for their continued support. 
 
“I’d also like to thank all of our delivery staff and partners as part of the Prince’s Trust Team Programme as it is through their hard work and dedication that we are able to make a difference to the lives of young people from our area.”
 
Councillor John Riddle, cabinet member with responsibility for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service said: “The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is a great opportunity for young people throughout the County who are not in employment, education or training to have the opportunity to gain practical work experience and build upon their skills. 
 
“Programme’s such as this help our communities, not just for now but also for the future, providing young people with the skills and opportunities to pursue further education or employment, with over 70% of our graduates going on to employment, training or education within 3 months of finishing the programme.”
 
If you are interested in finding out more, or possibly taking part in in The Prince's Trust Team Programme, please contact Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service on 01670 621111, alternatively visit our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/NFRSPT/ 
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