The work Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is doing to
help young people gain new skills and experiences was highlighted
on national TV and radio this morning.
Representatives from the Service joined an audience of 200
people for a live debate about unemployment with Victoria
Derbyshire, a presenter on BBC Radio 5 Live.
The programme was broadcast live on radio, TV and the internet,
via Radio 5 Live, the BBC News Channel and the BBC News
Assistant County Fire Officer Peter O'Reilly was among those who
were in the audience and was keen to highlight the work the Fire
Service is doing with young people to give them skills and
experiences that could help them find a job.
Speaking live on the show, he said: "Greater Manchester Fire and
Rescue Service over the last two years have had over 1,000 young
people through its schemes and provided them with over 2,000
recognised qualifications to make them employable.
"The Fire and Rescue Service right across the UK is doing
exactly the same thing.
"Next year we are going to increase the schemes we provide for
young people (to help them with CV skills, interview skills,
finding work placements and how to make themselves more employable
to the employers of Greater Manchester) from 18 to 21."
Some of the young people who have gained skills and
opportunities through Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
were also part of the programme.They included Alex, 19, who had
taken part in a GMFRS-run Prince's Trust course. He told the show:
"I have been out of work for six months but through the Fire
Service I have a job as a lifeguard."
The Prince's Trust course is just one of the projects being run
by GMFRS for young people. Over a 12 week period, young people
aged 16-24 receive careers advice, work placements, a week of team
building activities and a series of community based projects. Fore
more information about the whole range of projects, visit the
Service's website: /community_work.aspx
Catch Peter O'Reilly's interview on this morning's show here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17043301