NEET opportunity to get into work

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An exciting training course is starting in Fenland to help young people into work.

The 12-week programme is aimed at NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) young people aged between 16 and 25 and is being run by a collaboration of partners, including the Princes Trust and Norfolk Fire Service.

The programme has already been successfully run in West Norfolk, with many young people in the King’s Lynn area benefitting. Now young adults in Fenland will get the opportunity to reap the rewards from the fast-paced scheme.

Steve Lucas is from Norfolk Fire Service and explained there are only 15 places available on each course, so the young people will have to prove they really want to be involved.

A taster day will be held in May where the young people will be put through an assessment. The ones who then show the most promise will be given a place on the course.

The programme follows a planned schedule of activities aimed at improving self-confidence and skills. It starts with team building exercises and working closely with the fire service.

The young people will then go on a five-day residential visit to Grafham Water where they will be challenged to push their limits and work together.

They will then spend four weeks working on a community project that they have to find and carry out themselves. Work experience will play a part in the programme and Steve said several young people had actually secured employment from this. They will also be helped with interview techniques, CV writing and job searching.

More details on the programme will be released closer to the time.

The other partners involved are Cambs Fire Service, Cambs Police, College of West Anglia, Cambs County Council and King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council.