Rescue team’s programme is ‘outstanding’

A PROGRAMME designed to help young people get into work or training has been described as ‘outstanding’ in a recent inspection.

The Prince’s Trust ‘Team’ programme is a 12 week personal development course delivered by Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service for 16 to 25-year-olds who are not in education employment or training (NEET).

Six programmes run each academic year; three rural and three urban with 14 people in each team.

Participants take part in a wide range of activities and challenges including: a residential team building trip, a community project, a team challenge to raise funds for a local worthy cause, work placements, development of presentation skills and help focusing on next steps in training and job search.

In a recent review of the programme run by NFRS the ‘outcomes for learners’, ‘leadership and management’ and ‘capacity to make and sustain improvements’ were are judged to be ‘outstanding’.

Alex Bennett, chief fire officer for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, said: “This programme aims to equip young people for the world of employment and training and help them overcome any barriers to doing this in an environment of mutual support and respect.

“Feedback from those who have taken part over the twelve weeks is extremely positive; it is no exaggeration to say that for some of the people who have completed the course the experience has been life changing.

“We are very pleased that the team programme and the work of the officers who run it has been given such an outstanding endorsement from he Prince’s Trust.”

The next rural and urban ‘Team’ programmes will begin on April 29 and run until July 18.

For more information on the urban programme call John Young on (01670) 621150 or email and for the rural programme call Shaun Arundel on (01670) 621168 or email