A group of job-seekers have been given a unique insight into what it’s like to train with Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service.
The Phoenix Project, a Cornwall-wide initiative which has been delivered by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service since 2002, is partnering with Health Works for Cornwall, who are dedicated to improving employability and increasing confidence to help people into work.
Over a five-day course, groups take part in a range of fire service activities including hose running, marching, and learning how to use breathing apparatus. The course is designed to promote teamwork and communication skills, as well as teach the participants about fire safety and first aid. These skills can then be taken forward and put into practice when attending further education and training or in the workplace.
Cornwall’s Chief Fire Officer Kathryn Billing said: “We are really proud to be supporting people to broaden their skills and hopefully give them an experience which builds their confidence and self-belief. The participants have worked extremely hard throughout the course and should be very proud of their achievement.”
Councillor Martyn Alvey, portfolio holder responsible for Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service at Cornwall Council, said: “I’d like to thank the fire service and Health Works for Cornwall for delivering this brilliant initiative and wish all participants the best of luck for the future.”
Marita Ward, Project Manager at Health Works for Cornwall, said: “Restrictions due to the pandemic meant that we had to delay our plans to access the amazing sessions run by Phoenix.
“Our team had a taster day in between lockdowns and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We cannot wait to see the reactions of the first tranche of participants as they learn new skills and build confidence and self-esteem. “
Laura Best, Employer Advisor at St Austell Jobcentre, said: “We are delighted to have the fantastic opportunity to access funding from Health Works Cornwall in order to participate in the Phoenix Project again.
“Some of our customers are over the age of 50 and are incredibly nervous to try new ventures. Initiatives such as this help our 50-plus customers develop a range of transferrable skills.”
Press release issued on February 28, 2023