Over a hundred teenagers will be graduating from the Young Firefighters Scheme tomorrow as proud parents and teachers look on.
The teenagers, aged between 14 and 16-years-old, have all completed the course and achieved a ‘B’ TEC Level Two Award/Certificate. This is a Fire and Rescue Services in the Community qualification, in partnership with Edexcel.
The youngsters, from schools across the county, will be attending the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) Headquarters, in Birkenshaw, on Wednesday evening (May 13).
They will carry out four separate drills to demonstrate what they have learned before receiving their certificates from fire chiefs.
Arran Huskins, Youth Training Team Deputy Manager, said: “The Young Firefighters scheme continues to help young people to explore their potential.
“The Young Firefighters have all achieved a ‘B’ TEC Level 2 qualification and have developed many new practical skills. Above all, the improvement in the young people’s confidence, communication skills and ability to work as a team has been brilliant. We are extremely proud of the dedication and accomplishments of this year’s cohort.”
This year the scheme has also worked with older students from Castleford Academy to deliver evidence towards their ‘B’TEC Level 2 and 3 in Public Services (uniformed). Those who have successfully passed the fire service element will also be commended at the ceremony.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton added: “Our Young Firefighters Graduation Ceremonies are always occasions that overflow with pride and a sense of real achievement by so many people in so many ways.
“Delivering these courses is a huge commitment and I thank those people who have made this challenging year of activity possible. The young people who are set to graduate have made a giant step on their path to being such valuable members of our community.”
The Young Firefighters Scheme, originally conceived in Wakefield, was set-up to engage with young people in a more practical way helping them build a more positive attitude towards the fire service.
The success has resulted in the expansion of the scheme across West Yorkshire, with the aim of promoting social inclusion.
The scheme is aimed at young people attending formal education who are between 14 and 16 and who have been identified as being able to benefit from a practical element to their learning that takes places outside the traditional school environment.
The schools participating in the Young Firefighters Scheme are:
Kings High School
Thornton Grammar School
Royds Hall School
Whitcliffe Mount School
Kettlethorpe High School
Wakefield City Academy
Youngsters from Swallow Hill Community College will also graduate but are unable to attend the ceremony.