FIRMS in Tameside are being asked to provide
opportunities for a group of 16 to 25-year-olds taking part in a
The group is taking part in the Prince's Trust with Greater
Manchester Fire and Rescue service and part of the programme
includes doing work in the community and gaining work
GMFRS runs a 12-week programme with the trust to help unemployed
people in that age group to gain skills, experience and confidence
that should help them work towards gaining employment.
Weeks three to five of the programme see the group taking part
in a community project - this could be painting and decorating or
The team will raise funds to provide materials and then do the
Tameside Prince's Trust Team Leader Emma Sercombe said:
"Ideally, we are looking for a project that will take a team of 15
young people about 10 days to complete and it has to be of benefit
to the whole community we're doing it for."
During weeks seven and eight, the participants are on work
placements to give them valuable experience.
Emma said: "Companies won't receive payment for it but shouldn't
be out of pocket as they will not be expected to cover any of the
costs of our young people.
"Placements are always very varied and so far the young people
we have interviewed are interested in everything from factory work
to retail and childcare to admin."
In weeks 10 and 11, they complete a team challenge where they
must show their caring skills and may include arranging a day out
for people or attending a day centre and putting on some
Emma said: "We would be really interested in hearing from any
groups or businesses that could help with any of these
"We are also looking for people to help us with our fundraising
efforts - for example, we've already approached local supermarkets
for bag packing opportunities."
The first course begins this week but those who might not be
able to offer a project that quickly can help later in the year as
there are also courses starting in May and September.
Anyone who can help the Tameside GMFRS Prince's Trust
team with any of the elements of their programme is asked to
contact Emma on 07973966407 or email [email protected]