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GMFRS encourages more youngsters to join The Prince’s Trust scheme

GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has been working with The Prince’s Trust for 13 years and during that time has helped change the lives of around 1,700 young people.

The Prince’s Trust is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion a UK tour is taking place, with Salford set to receive a visit on Monday, April 25, 2016. 

During the event at Media City (9am to 6pm) youth workers from GMFRS will be on hand to speak to those interested in The Prince’s Trust and getting involved with a future course. 

GMFRS Director of Prevention and Protection, ACFO Geoff Harris, said: “The Service runs programmes on behalf of The Prince’s Trust youth charity in seven areas of Greater Manchester – Bolton, Salford, Eccles, Hyde, Manchester, Stockport and Trafford – with each programme running three times every year.

“The Prince’s Trust programme is just one of the many youth initiatives run by GMFRS and the 12-week course is aimed at people aged 16 to 25 who are unemployed or not in education or training. It offers the opportunity to work towards a recognised qualification, improves self-confidence and help support young people into employment, education or training.

“GMFRS wants to encourage even more young people to apply for future programmes and to call to Media City on April 25 to talk to members of our youth engagement team."

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One of GMFRS’ firefighters speaks from experience at the success of the course after completing a programme with The Prince’s Trust and going on to become a firefighter with the Service.

Thomas Fox was at the job centre in Stockport when he discovered The Prince’s Trust scheme with GMFRS and signed up to the course at Whitehill Community Fire Station.

Thomas said: “I grasped the opportunity as I thought it could be now or never and I haven’t looked back since.

“I found the course really enjoyable and I used a lot of scenarios in my interview for my firefighter role. I mixed with a lot of people on The Prince’s Trust course and learned a lot about myself.”

Thomas became a firefighter with GMFRS in January 2016 after an internal recruitment drive. 

He added: “Volunteers and those who have a close link with the Service such as through the youth schemes like myself had the chance to apply for a position and I felt confident enough to do this thanks to The Prince’s Trust.”

GMFRS is now recruiting for The Prince’s Trust programmes and you can find out more here:  or by calling 0800 555 815.

Alternatively you can register your interest or find further information about GMFRS’ youth engagement courses by emailing   

You can also follow GMFRS’ youth engagement team on Twitter @FutureHeroesUK and Facebook (Future Heroes).

Last update: 22/04/2016 09:26:30
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