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A NEW scheme giving people a step onto the employment ladder is being launched by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS).
Over the next year the Service expects to offer 100 traineeship opportunities, as part of a plan to boost communities and is being done in partnership with businesses and organisations across Greater Manchester.
The scheme is being launched by the Chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, and Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd.
Tony Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "This new traineeship will provide invaluable experience for young people throughout Greater Manchester. Everyone knows that building safer communities is about creating partnerships and generating employment opportunities that offer young people a real stake in society.
"Young people with greater employment opportunities are less exposed to the inclinations and dangers of crime and it is absolutely essential that services, businesses and organisations across Greater Manchester work together to help raise employability and instil community pride among young people.
"GMFRS is to be commended for offering greater opportunities for young people and to tackle unemployment and deprivation."
GMFRS has been developing a suite of initiatives to boost life chances of young people and communities with deprivation and unemployment. It began as a way to engage with the public to reduce deliberate fires, hoax calls and attacks on firefighters.
But it has led to much wider reaching effects, through work placements and providing skills progression that are helping employability, raising morale and aspirations and instilling community pride.
Traineeships will help people develop skills and opportunities to assist in the community and with their future employment, and work alongside current apprenticeship and volunteering initiatives at GMFRS that also develop individuals using the Service's principles such as teamwork, respect and discipline.
Among the initiatives already developed are Prince's Trust, Cadets, volunteering and apprentices.
A number of businesses and partner organisations will make pledges to take on young people once they have completed a development course with GMFRS at the event on Wednesday, February 19.
Chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: "We are proud to be able to offer so much opportunity for people, to help them as individuals and also give something more to the communities that we serve.
"We have created a long-lasting pathway of skills development and opportunities. Lots of organisations offer elements like our pathway, but ours is the most comprehensive we have come across.
"We can take someone at school age and provide them with a range of experiences to give them skills that employers would benefit from - it can lead to apprenticeships, or a job or they can continue their journey with us by becoming a volunteer."
If you are interested in finding out about how to join the pathway please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If your business or organisation is interested in supporting traineeships please contact Marg Potter by emailing: email@example.com