Prince’s Trust Team Programme set to give young people in Fenland careers boost

11:22 15 May 2014

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Signing of Prince's Trust Fenland Team programme at Wisbech Fire Station. Left: Graham Stagg Cambridgeshire Chief Fire Officer. Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hopkins and Norfolk Chief Fire Officer Nigel Williams. Picture: Steve Williams.

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A course to help young people gain employment, move into education or undertake an apprenticeship has been launched.

Signing of Prince's Trust Fenland Team programme at Wisbech Fire Station. Left: Graham Stagg Cambridgeshire Chief Fire Officer. Norfolk Chief Fire Officer Nigel Williams. Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hopkins . Picture: Steve Williams.Signing of Prince's Trust Fenland Team programme at Wisbech Fire Station. Left: Graham Stagg Cambridgeshire Chief Fire Officer. Norfolk Chief Fire Officer Nigel Williams. Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hopkins . Picture: Steve Williams.

The Prince’s Trust Team Programme, a 12 week personal development course for 16 to 25 year-olds, is from Monday being run in Fenland for the first time.

Participants will receive careers advice, learn skills and take part in teambuilding activities, a week-long residential, a community project and work placements.

At the end of the course students can also gain a Prince’s Trust Certificate in Employment, Teamwork and Community skills and an Emergency First Aid Certificate.

The course is a joint Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS), Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) and Cambridgeshire Constabulary initiative.

Signing of Prince's Trust Fenland Team programme at Wisbech Fire Station. Picture: Steve Williams.Signing of Prince's Trust Fenland Team programme at Wisbech Fire Station. Picture: Steve Williams.

To mark their involvement in the scheme, representatives from the three organisations met at Wisbech Fire Station to sign a programme.

Cambridgeshire’s Chief Fire Officer Graham Stagg said: “Signing this agreement today shows our commitment to this programme, which is much needed in the Fenland area.

“This is a great example of partnership working to maximise our resources and deliver creative schemes like this one to communities most at risk. We hope by participants spending two sessions every week with our crew at Wisbech, it will not only give them a multitude of new skills but also open their eyes to some of the local problems including anti-social related deliberate fires and how they can help prevent them.”

The scheme has been run successfully in Norfolk by the Norfolk Fire Service for 10 years - more than 1,000 young people have completed the programme.

Signing of Prince's Trust Fenland Team programme Wisbech Fire Station.Signing of Prince's Trust Fenland Team programme Wisbech Fire Station.

The Fenland programme is funded by Roddons, Norfolk Fire Service, the Robert Hall Trust and Wisbech Town Council.

Norfolk’s Chief Fire Officer Nigel Williams said: “Fire services are uniquely placed to help young people development programmes that help change their lives and improve opportunities and life chances.

“The fire service provides excellent role models and is highly respected and trusted in our communities.

“Fire services work closely together and we are delighted to see this close working with our colleagues at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service and wider working with Cambridgeshire Constabulary.”

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hopkins, Cambridgeshire Constabulary, added: “There are substantial challenges in working with young people, who can be a difficult to reach group, but the sense of fulfilment, achievement and benefits to the individuals and to the wider community is immense.”

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