Prince's Trust helps unemployed youth find dream job

The Bolton News: Charnay Tomblin, aged 22, Kate Goley, aged 20, and Charlotte Hinds aged 17, with Chris Bradley aged 23, front, at Bolton Central Fire Station Charnay Tomblin, aged 22, Kate Goley, aged 20, and Charlotte Hinds aged 17, with Chris Bradley aged 23, front, at Bolton Central Fire Station

OUT of work for the past six months, 23-year-old Chris Bradley was low on confidence.

But now, thanks to a course which helps young people get back on their feet, he is well on his way to his dream job as an outdoor activity instructor.

Mr Bradley is one of a group of people, aged 16 to 25, not in education or training, who are taking part in a 12-week Prince’s Trust programme that is being run by the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

The scheme consists of careers advice, work placements, a residential trip and community based projects.

So far the team has completed qualifications in health and safety and food hygiene, been on a team-building trip to the Lake District and completed a project to improve the vegetable patches at Bolton Central Fire Station.

Mr Bradley said: “When we went on the trip to the Lake District, it made me realise that I would like to be an outdoor activity instructor. I have been able to get an interview for a job in that area already.

“I last had a job more than six months ago and this course has helped to give me confidence, get me back into a routine and basically give me a reason to get up every day.”

Fellow group member Charlotte Hinds, aged 17, said: “I have enjoyed every part of the course but the confidence I have gained has been the biggest thing and has made me feel better about myself.”

The course will continue with a bigger focus on employability including CV writing workshops and help with preparing for job interviews and applications.

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