Pride was the word of the day when 13 young people completed their passing out parade of the Prince’s Trust Fenland Team programme.
The participants – aged between 16 and 21 – completed a fire drill at Wisbech Fire Station before taking to the microphone to tell an audience about their 12-week journey.
Programme team leader Steve Lucas said: “This programme is about young people developing and moving on into positive outcomes. The scheme has been running in Fenland for almost two years and this was one of the highest functioning teams we’ve had and was a huge success.”
The Fenland initiative is run by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS), with partners Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and The College of West Anglia.
The 12-week personal development course aims to increase confidence, motivation and skills; helping young people to gain employment, move into education or undertake training or an apprenticeship.
Twice a week the participants engaged with firefighters in drills and development exercises, and took part in teambuilding activities, a community project, work placements and more.