Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are celebrating after being awarded a licence from the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme which runs in partnership with the Service’s Cadet+ Programme.
"It is fantastic that we are now able to help these young people gain important skills that they may not otherwise be able to develop."
Mark Downes Partnership and Engagement Co-ordinator
The Learning and Development Department within the Service is now able to instruct young people between 14 and 24-years-old in order for them to achieve their Bronze Award.
The current group of 40 young people are halfway through their six month course which aims to give young people, not only an insight into the Service but also the opportunity to learn new skills and develop existing talents in preparation for life and work.
There are currently two groups of cadets based in Hanley and Rugeley but the service is hoping to expand the programme in the future and will be recruiting again in February for young people to start the course in May.
Mark Downes Partnership and Engagement Co-ordinator said: “It is fantastic that we are now able to help these young people gain important skills that they may not otherwise be able to develop. Now we have licence with the DOE we can sign off the amazing work they do so they can achieve their Bronze Award and hopefully go onto to work with our partners and achieve their Silver and Gold Awards.
“We are hoping to expand the programme even more in the future and take it into schools so we can reach even more young people in Staffordshire.”