Youth charity The Prince's Trust, the Fire Industry Association and the Fire and Rescue Suppliers Association are today calling on businesses in the fire sector to help tackle the UK's youth unemployment crisis.

As youth unemployment levels continue to reach record highs, The Prince's Trust is looking for employers in the fire industry to offer work placements for young people who are struggling to find a job. More than a million young people are now unemployed across the UK.

Graham Ellicott, Chief Executive Officer, Fire Industry Association is backing the campaign, commenting: "The number of unemployed young people is now twice the population of Manchester. It is vital that we help young people back into work for the sake of our future economy. We are urging companies in the fire world to work with the nation's young people by providing work placements.

"The benefits of these placements are not only for the young people themselves, but also for employees and the communities in which we operate."

Angus Fire is the first company in the industry to step forward and support this campaign. The company has already offered work experience to a young person - 22 year old Chris Hannaford - who had never had a job before joining a Prince's Trust scheme to help him turn his life around.

Chris said: "Before joining The Prince's Trust course, I felt as though as I was doing nothing with my life. I had no motivation - my life was at a standstill. I was applying for hundreds of jobs, but found myself being knocked back so many times because I didn't have any work experience.

"The Team programme, run by The Prince's Trust and Lancashire Fire and Rescue, changed my life. It helped me to secure work experience with Angus Fire, which was my first real experience of having a job, and it was amazing. Thanks to this support, I'm now doing an IT training course which will help me get a job."

Dave Russell, UK Sales Manager, Angus Fire said: "Working with Chris has been inspirational and has allowed us to give something back to our local community. We look forward to working with more young people in the future and we are urging other employers to step forward to help the next generation."

 The Fire and Rescue Service has already helped over 15,000 unemployed young people through courses run by The Trust. Fifteen local Fire and Rescue Services across the UK supported more than 1,700 disadvantaged young people through The Trust's Team programme last year alone, which gives unemployed young people the skills and confidence to find work.

The Trust will help 50,000 disadvantaged young people this year across the UK. Last year, more than three-quarters moved into jobs, education or training.

For more information on how to get involved in offering work placements or helping to run Prince's Trust programmes for unemployed young people, call George Martin, The Prince's Trust Fire and Rescue Service National Liaison Officer on tel: 07900 268701, or email: fireandrescue@princes-trust.org.uk 

 

Posted February 20th, 2012 at 1615 by Andrew. Comment by emailing: andrew.lynch@pavpub.com