A NEW scheme giving people a step onto the employment
ladder is being launched by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue
Over the next year the Service expects to offer 100 traineeship
opportunities, as part of a plan to boost communities and is being
done in partnership with businesses and organisations across
The scheme is being launched by the Chairman of Greater Manchester
Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, and Police and
Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd.
Tony Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "This new
traineeship will provide invaluable experience for young people
throughout Greater Manchester. Everyone knows that building
safer communities is about creating partnerships and generating
employment opportunities that offer young people a real stake in
"Young people with greater employment opportunities are less
exposed to the inclinations and dangers of crime and it is
absolutely essential that services, businesses and organisations
across Greater Manchester work together to help raise employability
and instil community pride among young people.
"GMFRS is to be commended for offering greater opportunities for
young people and to tackle unemployment and deprivation."
GMFRS has been developing a suite of initiatives to boost life
chances of young people and communities with depravation and
unemployment. It began as a way to engage with the public to
reduce deliberate fires, hoax calls and attacks on
But it has led to much wider reaching effects, through work
placements and providing skills progression that are helping
employability, raising morale and aspirations and instilling
Traineeships will help people develop skills and opportunities to
assist in the community and with their future employment, and work
alongside current apprenticeship and volunteering initiatives at
GMFRS that also develop individuals using the Service's principles
such as teamwork, respect and discipline.
Among the initiatives already developed are Prince's Trust, Cadets,
volunteering and apprentices.
A number of businesses and partner organisations will make pledges
to take on young people once they have completed a development
course with GMFRS at the event on Wednesday, February 19.
Chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority,
Councillor David Acton, said: "We are proud to be able to offer so
much opportunity for people, to help them as individuals and also
give something more to the communities that we serve.
"We have created a long-lasting pathway of skills development and
opportunities. Lots of organisations offer elements like our
pathway, but ours is the most comprehensive we have come
"We can take someone at school age and provide them with a range of
experiences to give them skills that employers would benefit from -
it can lead to apprenticeships, or a job or they can continue their
journey with us by becoming a volunteer."
If you are interested in finding out about how to join the pathway
please email: [email protected]
If your business or organisation is interested in supporting
traineeships please contact Marg Potter by emailing: [email protected]