Young­sters of­fered ‘a brighter fu­ture’

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

YOUNG peo­ple are in­vited to sign up to a ‘life-chang­ing’ course to equip them with skills for a brighter fu­ture.

The Prince’s Trust is the Prince of Wales’s char­ity which pro­vides pro­grammes to young peo­ple who are un­em­ployed, out of ed­u­ca­tion or face is­sues and are vul­ner­a­ble. It aims to give them skills and con­fi­dence to find work or go into ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing.

Cheshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice has for nearly 20 years been work­ing with the Prince’s Trust to run a pro­gramme for young peo­ple in Mac­cles­field.

The team at the fire ser­vice are look­ing for the next batch of re­cruits aged be­tween 16 and 25 to sign up to the free 12 week course, to learn new skills, com­plete qual­i­fi­ca­tions and gain greater self con­fi­dence.

Those who work on run­ning the pro­ject say it’s a ‘life-chang­ing’ op­por­tu­nity.

Tam­sen Lesko, Cheshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice Prince’s Trust Pro­ject Co-or­di­na­tor, said: “We hope that through this pro­gramme we can help de­velop young peo­ple’s skills and con­fi­dence through prac­ti­cal com­mu­nity projects and work ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Ex­pe­ri­ence shows us that 80 per cent of all pre­vi­ous young peo­ple who have grad­u­ated from the pro­gramme have gone on to achieve things as a re­sult.

“This in­cludes get­ting back into or go­ing for­ward into ed­u­ca­tion or gain­ing em­ploy­ment and train­ing.”

Cheshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice has had a long part­ner­ship with Prince’s Trust and con­tin­ues to see the ben­e­fits from the work it does.

John Walkey, Mac­cles­field Pro­ject Man­ager, said: “We are look­ing for young peo­ple who are not cur­rently work­ing or not in ed­u­ca­tion who may need a bit of a boost to their con­fi­dence. “They may also lack mo­ti­va­tion to de­velop skills that are cru­cial to them get­ting a job.

“If you think that this sounds like you then please phone the Mac­cles­field team for an in­for­mal chat.

“Al­ter­na­tively, you may know some­one in your fam­ily or a friend who you think might ben­e­fit from the pro­gramme.”

The course starts on Mon­day, Septem­ber 28.

To find out more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Pro­ject As­sis­tant Matthew Hub­bard on 07817 690 600 or John Walkey on 07837 057489.

Al­ter­na­tively visit the web­site at cheshire­fire.

●● Young peo­ple grad­u­at­ing from a Prince’s Trust pro­gramme in Mac­cles­field

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