Ignite project launched in Hereford
The IGNITE project, which is run by Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS), aims to mentor young people through various challenging activities during a week-long course. The first of which has been held at The Brookfield School & Specialist College, Hereford.
The course is designed to build on the skills of young people aged 14 and 15 who are not in mainstream education. They are encouraged to use communication skills, teamwork, leadership, and problem solving during the course. English and maths skills are also evidenced for future employment opportunities.
Some of the other activities they take part in during the course include; hose running, using knots and lines, pitching ladders safely, pumping water as well as a more classroom based element where the day’s activities are evidenced in order to obtain a certificate at the end of the course.
Station Commander Jon Butlin, who runs the course on behalf of HWFRS said: “This course aims to teach young people valuable skills. It’s about working in a team and having a respect for others. We also hope to steer people away from anti-social behaviour and during the training period each young person learns a variety of skills which they can use in everyday life.”
Oremi Evans, Headteacher at Brookfield School, said: “We were delighted to be offered the opportunity to participate in the IGNITE project. Not only has is allowed students to improve their skills and gain an ASDAN qualification, but it has also helped them understand the role of one of the Emergency Services.”
Funding for the pilot scheme was provided by the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner and it is hoped that the project will be rolled out to pupil referral units across Herefordshire and possibly Worcestershire in the near future.