A test of fire for the young jobseekers
YOUNG jobseekers were given a crash course in what it takes to be a firefighter last week.
A group of unemployed adults – aged between 18 and 24 – were put through their paces at Yeovil Fire Station to improve their self-confidence and communication skills.
The students were taking part in a Phoenix course which includes firefighter training and gives them the opportunity to obtain recognised qualifications in first aid and food hygiene.
Organised in conjunction with Jobcentre Plus, the course works with young unemployed people in an attempt to raise their motivation, self-esteem and self-confidence to get them back into the employment market.
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Participants even wear official fire service uniforms, and are given a chance to use equipment, learn firefighting techniques and carry out emergency first aid drills.
Devon and Somerset Fire Service spokesman Paul Slavin said: "This particular course is specifically designed in conjunction with Jobcentre Plus to provide young adults with an opportunity to enhance their employment prospects, learn more about themselves and where they can develop to realise their full potential."
The final day of the course gives students the chance to meet local employers to discuss current job opportunities.
Participants are given challenges that will enhance communication skills, raise achievement levels, and encourage teamwork and self discipline.
MP for Yeovil David Laws also visited the station and presented the young people with certificates of achievement.