Young islanders are being offered the opportunity to join Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service's Prince's Trust Team Programme for the very first time.
The team is looking for people aged 16 to 25 across the Island to sign up for the free twelve-week development course starting on Monday 24 January.
The programme has been running successfully in Hampshire for two decades.
To mark its 20th anniversary and celebrate the formation of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service in April last year, the team is launching a new programme on the Island.
Delivered at Ryde Fire Station, the programme aims to reduce the number of young people not in education, training or employment, providing them with life skills and a qualification.
A taster day is being held next Wednesday (January 19) to give prospective team members a flavour of the activities, work experience placements and community projects within the programme.
HIWFRS Prince’s Trust manager, Joanna Gregory, said:
“It is brilliant we are now able to bring our highly commended Prince’s Trust Team Programme to the Isle of Wight.
“The programme really does help to change the lives of young people we work with.”
Team leaders have worked hard to adapt the programme in line with government Covid-19 and education guidance using a blend of virtual learning and face-to-face delivery over the twelve weeks.
A thorough induction process with all young people will take place before the course starts to ensure everyone is safe.
More information about the course and upcoming taster day is available by calling 07918 887 897 or emailing [email protected]