Tyne Ignite 180Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service have helped young people in the area by offering them community based projects to build on their employability skills and learn more about certain industries.

As part of the first ever Ignite Course, a programme that spanned from September 2014 to June 2015, 13 young people aged 16-19 participated in work placements, workshops as well as outdoor pursuits and team building throughout the course.

Once completed, the students achieved the City and Guilds Diploma in Employability Skills, recently presented to them by the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor Ian Graham, at Gosforth Community Fire Station.

Area Manager for Community Safety Kevin Gardner, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Ignite is a great opportunity to meet new people, widen your experiences and prepare for further education, training or employment.

"The students who have just completed the course have worked hard throughout the year and have earned their qualifications. I am sure it has helped them develop as people and I sincerely hope it helps them on their chosen career paths."

The course was also well received by students with one, Rebecca Johnston, saying that “The course was great, I learned lots of new skills and I feel much more confident about finding a job”.

The Lady Mayoress Margaret Graham, Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah and Assistant Chief Fire Officer Joy Brindle, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, also attended the ceremony.

MP Onwurah added: "I was so impressed by the skills and teamwork of the young people. Unemployment is a major issue for young people, especially in our region, so it is heartening to see a fantastic initiative like Ignite making such a positive contribution.”

Photo: Front L-R, Sam Gains, Chloe Davies, Alan Cave and Rebecca Johnston. Back L-R, The Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor Ian Graham, Lady Mayoress Margaret Graham and Assistant Chief Fire Officer Joy Brindle, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.