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Watford fire and rescue service and Prince's Trust course gives teens inspiration
The fire and rescue service joined forces with the Prince’s Trust to help nine teenagers back into employment or education.
They recently completed a 12-week full-time course at Watford Fire Station aimed at arming them with the skills and experience to build their confidence and motivation to find work or go on to further training.
All the candidates have now achieved a recognised Prince’s Trust qualification.
The programme involved a residential team-building week, project placement at Harebreaks Adventure Playground in Watford and visiting the Houses of Parliament.
They all secured work experience placements, some of which have led on to apprenticeships, as well as honing interview and presentation skills and getting help with writing their CVs.
Suzie Wiles, 17, has been asked back on a work placement with DRUM (Disability Recreational Unity Movement), which involves working with adults with disabilities.
She said: “I left school last year and since then I haven’t been working or in any education.
“For me to be standing here today is such a big part of my life because I’ve never done anything like it before.
“As a team with DRUM we provided a barbecue and joined in with the art and yoga.
“We all took part in most of the activities and it inspired us a lot.”
Stuart Lowde, 17, has decided to go back to college to do a course in IT.
He said: “Before the programme I was just a normal teenager drifting through life without an aim or purpose.
“No sense of direction. No future. During the past 12 weeks I have acquired a vast array of skills and attributes that will help me a lot throughout my life.”
At 16, Kieran Harris was the youngest to enrol on the programme.
He said: “This course has taught me a lot about myself and helped me gain new skills such as working with others and presentations.”
Others to complete the course included: Sophie Walton, Emma Gray, Barry Hayes, Ryan Williams, Macaulay Tomlin and Catrina Dorsett.
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