Fire service helps young people with vital job skills

Published: 21 Apr 2017


Seven young people in Cheshunt have successfully completed The Prince’s Trust team programme, run by Hertfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service.

The programme is a 12 week personal development course that helps unemployed 16-25 year olds develop the skills and experience, along with the confidence and motivation, to find work or go on to further education or training.

All the candidates have now achieved a recognised Prince’s Trust qualification, which they were presented with at a ceremony (Thursday 13 April) at the DeVere Hotel, Theobalds Park, in front of friends and family members.

One of the people taking part, Georgia Terry, 19, said: “I joined the programme because I was unemployed and wasn’t spending my time very wisely, often wasting it doing nothing. The Team programme has helped me overcome self-doubt, improve my CV and interview skills and gain work experience in my chosen career. It really feel like it has kick-started my life.”

Also completing the course was 21-year-old Alex Nadal. He said: “I am certain this course has opened doors for me and the rest of the team. I’ve gained the experience I need to start a career I can progress in and improved my leadership skills too. I’d recommend the programme to anyone, whether they need confidence, experience or skills, as a great way to develop themselves and move forward.”

The Prince’s Trust programme involves:
• a residential team-building week
• a community project
• interview and presentation skills
• help with CV writing
• help with gaining work experience placements and references.

Many of the young people will now pursue college courses or continue with work experience and volunteering placements, and some will take up job offers and apprenticeships they secured while on the programme.

This Cheshunt-based team programme is just one of several the county council’s fire service has run in partnership with the Prince’s Trust. Three more programmes have also taken place in Watford, Stevenage and Hatfield. For more information, or to apply for the next programme, please see: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/princestrust