Today sees Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service celebrate a twenty-year partnership running The Prince’s Trust Team programme in the county of Lancashire. Since April 2001, the delivery partner has welcomed more than 6,000 young people through its doors.

The Prince’s Trust Team programme is a twelve-week free course for unemployed young people aged 16-25, which helps to improve their confidence, motivate, teach new skills and gain employability experience. Alongside this young people receive a nationally recognised qualification.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service are now the biggest provider of Team programmes within the Fire and Rescue Services in the country, and run from nine sites: Preston (Deepdale and Central), Burnley, Blackburn, Pendle, Fleetwood, Blackpool, Morecambe and Hyndburn.

This year also sees its Blackburn Team celebrating its 100th Team programme.

Chief Fire Officer, Justin Johnston, said:

It is a fantastic accolade that Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service have been able to deliver these programmes consistently for twenty years, no doubt shaping and improving the lives of so many young people during that time."

The programme not only provides young people with a qualification, but gives them confidence, new skills and increased motivation to take the next step forward in their lives. 

Alongside Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, The Prince’s Trust works with delivery partners across the UK, with three out of four young people on Team going on to work or college courses within three months. The programme runs regularly throughout the year.

Clare Crabb, Director for the North at The Prince’s Trust, said: “The Prince’s Trust is thrilled to be celebrating our long-standing partnership with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service. The numbers are staggering; 20 years of running Team programmes together, which have supported over 6,000 young people. Behind those numbers are real young people who have left Team with greater confidence, more skills and a better outlook on life. 

It is particularly heartening that Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service have adapted during the pandemic and continued to reach young people remotely. Now more than ever, young people need support to build their resilience during the pandemic, a time when many have faced disrupted education and job markets. The Prince’s Trust looks forward to helping the next generation of young people work towards brighter futures through Team with the support of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service."