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Newquay firefighters help unemployed gain qualification

By CGHollie  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

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Newquay firefighters help unemployed gain qualification

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Unemployed people from Newquay have taken part in an intense course at Newquay fire station as part of a scheme to enhance their CVs and get them back into work.

The candidates took part in the Phoenix Works course which was developed by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) in partnership with Cornwall Works and supported by Jobcentre Plus.

Held at Newquay Community Fire Station, the group took part in a range of fire service activities to promote teamwork, communication skills, raise confidence and aspirations. The scheme aims to provide support and training to increase their employment opportunities.

All participants, who are referred by Newquay Jobcentre, are given the opportunity to gain an ASDAN level one qualification in Improving Own Learning and Performance together with the HeartStart accreditation in emergency life support techniques.

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Councillor for Newquay central ward and cabinet member for homes and communities, said: “These courses are an excellent example of how, by working with partners such as Jobcentre Plus, we can really make a difference to the lives of these individuals.

“I am delighted to celebrate the people who have embraced this opportunity to learn from the best.”

Throughout the course, which is run by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service’s Phoenix Works team, participants get the opportunity to learn and develop transferable skills through participating in fire and rescue service drills and activities.

These skills can then be taken forward and put into practice when the group members meet local employers, support agencies and community groups to help the individuals to identify future employment, training or voluntary opportunities.

CFRS Chief Fire Officer Des Tidbury said: “I am encouraged to see how Phoenix Works team has been able to use the work and reputation of the fire and rescue service to help these groups of people develop useful new skills.”

All those who had completed the course took part in a special presentation at Newquay fire station last Tuesday.

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