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Young people graduate from life changing police and fire led course

Eleven young people have successfully graduated from the Prince’s Trust Team Programme having completed a challenging 12 week programme.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue (SYFR) and South Yorkshire Police (SYP) teamed up with the Prince’s Trust to deliver the Prince’s Trust Team Programme. Team is a 12 week personal development course for unemployed 16 – 25 year olds, offering work experience, qualifications, practical skills, community projects and a residential week.

The young people have all been thrown out of their comfort zone during the last few weeks, participating in a week-long residential in the Peak District, transforming the Swinton Lock area as part of their community project and learning new skills in individual work placements.

The graduation which was held at Rotherham Town Hall was a celebration of all their hard work and efforts. It was attended by their friends and family as well as local dignitaries.

SYFR Team Leader Rhian Oxley said; “I am so proud of this group, throughout the last 12 weeks they have really strived to achieve their best. Team Programme is about more than simply boosting young people’s employment skills. It gives them hope, confidence and the opportunity to make a difference. We wish them all the luck for their future.”

SYFR Area Manager Steve Helps said: “The last 12 weeks have been about building the confidence of these young people and equipping them with the skills qualifications and experience to find employment and build better lives for themselves. From classes in CV building to work placements we have been able to offer participants crucial skills and insights they otherwise may never have experienced. I am truly proud of the role the fire service has played in helping these young people aspire to a better future.”

SYP Chief Inspector Jenny Lax said; “The team programme is about giving young people confidence and skills to find employment or get back into education. They have to commit to the full 12 weeks, but in return they meet new friends, boost their confidence and take part in work experience and a residential trip. Well done to everybody that has graduated from this latest programme, and if anybody is thinking about joining up to the next one, go for it you won’t regret it!’

Would you like to be part of the next Team Programme?  We are now recruiting for the Sheffield and Barnsley programmes, to be part of the Team or for further details contact the team leaders John Daley on 07769 887249 or Rhian Oxley on 07919 565122 or email

This content was last updated on August 01st, 2017