Teamwork leads to graduation success

Young people who have trained with a fire crew will graduate tomorrow (Thursday 16th May) at Gloucester South fire station.

The nine year 11 students from Severn Vale School have taken part in The Prince's Trust XL award, a programme for young people who would benefit from a vocational learning environment.

The Trust programme, supported by Prospect Training Services, is aimed at 13-19 year olds and ran one day a week during school hours for the whole of year 11 (30 weeks).

During their time on the programme, the young people learned to work as a team, improved their communication skills, prepared for the world of work and run an enterprise project. This project, which they planned themselves, was to design, bake and sell cakes at Severn Vale School.

One of the most exciting aspects of their programme was to train with a Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue service fire crew. The young people trained in full fire safety gear and learned to operate a fire hydrant.

Jon Hall, chief fire officer, said: "Links with The Prince's Trust and other organisations demonstrate our determination to support young people around all aspects of safety. An in-depth course like this has real benefits for the young people involved. Working with firefighters and in the fire station is really inspirational for young people."

Helen Douglas, from The Prince's Trust, said: "The young people have all come such a long way since starting the course and we would like to thank Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service and Prospect Training Services for their support. The xl club is a fantastic way for young people, who may have struggled at school, to build up their skills and improve their confidence so they are ready to move into further education or find a job."

Ruth Hall, employability coordinator at Prospect Training Services, said: "It's really nice to provide exciting opportunities like this and be able to offer something to work outside the school curriculum - and dovetail with other partners to create cohesive opportunities for young people to develop skills and attitudes that are highly valued within the world of work and training environment. Allison Selwyn at Severn Vale and I have worked hard to deliver work related learning activities that are valued by employers and we have been really successful in securing post-16 destinations for the students involved to provide that pathway to the world of work."

Jane Ireland, assistant headteacher, Severn Vale School, said: "This has been an exciting opportunity for our students who have been able to gain experiences of working outside the classroom. They have worked exceptionally hard and have approach new challenges with enthusiasm, which has greatly improved their confidence."

Parents, Severn Vale staff and representatives from The Prince's Trust and Prospects Training Services will all go along to the ceremony tomorrow.


Notes to editors

The Prince's Trust supports disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track by giving them skills for work. Three in four young people helped by the charity move into jobs, education or training.

To find out more about The Prince's Trust go to Follow them on twitter at @princestrust or go to

Issued by: Sarah Wood, Gloucestershire County Council Media Team, 01452 425093,

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15th May 2013