Programme inspires young people to plan

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A 12-week South Yorkshire youth programme has helped local individuals gain new skills and qualifications.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue and South Yorkshire Police have teamed up with the Prince’s Trust to deliver the programme, which has already worked with 100 young people, aged 16-25 years old, offering work experience, qualifications, practical skills, community projects and a residential week.

And now past participants are championing the programme, encouraging others to sign up.

Elise Morton, a member of the second programme, held in the Dearne in January, initially struggled to engage with the team and the staff, but with each week gained more confidence. Since completing the course in May, Elise has gained employment as a care support worker at a care home in Rotherham.

Elise said: “I would recommend this programme to anyone, as it really helped me to build my confidence, improve my communication skills and got me into a job that I now love.”

Connor Simpson joined the Dearne team in January. Initially he had no idea what he wanted to do, but with a young family to support, he knew he needed a plan.

During the programme he arranged work experience with Kingswood, an outdoor education company, and attended a taster day with them.

He has now secured an apprenticeship as an Activity Leader.

Connor said: “I would recommend the programme to anybody who is unsure what they want to do with their life. I now wake up every morning doing a job I love and look forward to going to work and seeing what the day has to offer.”

Call John Daley on 07769 887249 for details.