Princes Trust Volunteers Graduate
9:20am 21st December 2013
(Updated 9:26am 21st December 2013)
In January we reported high levels of youth unemployment in the county, nearly a year on and Dorset Fire & Rescue service have been doing their bit to try and lower these figures in Dorchester.
The first ever Dorchester Prince's Trust group, who work with the fire service, graduated from their 12 week skills-building programme on Friday the 20th of December. This is in the same week that there's been a reported fall in unemployment figures nationally.
The service took place at the Dorset Fire and Rescue Head Quarters in Poundbury, with the four who took part in the programme all receiving a certificate and making a speech about what they had learnt from the experience. It was attended by family, friends, people who'd worked alongside the group as part of the project and various figure heads of the community.
Their programme included treks across Dartmoor, community projects- such as redecorating rooms in a care home, CV workshops, mentoring and more.
The four young adults who graduated from the Dorchester Prince's Trust Programme are Steph Elmore who's 20 years old, Sean Robinson and Alicia Bamber who're 18, and Conner King who's 17 years old.
Steph Elmore spoke to Wessex FM and told us she was struggling to get work before the programme, "I didn't really know how to go about getting on to it, like having the confidence to go up and ask people different things and phone people up about jobs, and things like that. I'm now a lot more confident about phoning people up and applying for things."
She encourages everyone aged between 16-25 to get involved with the project next year, "You learn quite a bit, because you don't really get out and get to go round and see the different people in your community, and you just get to learn about them and do different things."
For more information about the Prince's Trust head here: http://www.princes-trust.org.uk/