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Wiltshire course fires up jobseekers
9:00am Friday 1st November 2013 in News
The prospects of Wiltshire jobseekers in have been given a fireman’s lift this week, as part of a scheme to develop their practical skills and experience.
Ten unemployed people from around the county completed the Salamander course at Trowbridge Fire Station, working with firefighters to gain team-building, first aid and confidence-building skills.
The course has already taken place in Swindon, and is now due to take place at Chippenham Fire Station.
Firefighter Jon Salisbury helped run the ten-day course. He said: “On the first day we went out with the fire kit, then started drilling with the pumps and ladders.
"Then we went into the smoke house in the training centre in Devizes, where they were searching for casualties in a pitch black fire simulation.
“They’ve also done two half-days of health and safety training for the level two certificate, and a first aid course, so it’s qualifications on their CV.
“We’ve got local firms coming in on the final day when we’ll get the fire engines in to show off all they’ve done, and we’re hoping it can help build their confidence.
“People get that stigma of being unemployed, and we want businesses to not write people off. They want to work and here is the proof.”
Ashley Nossiter, 18, from Trowbridge, was recommended for the course by the Job Centre after looking for work for a year.
He said: “It’s really good, not what I thought it would be.
“It was great abseiling down the tower – it was a bit windy, but not too bad.
“I am thinking of becoming a retained firefighter, so it’s definitely been worth it.”
Olivia Jane Wafer, 19, from Trowbridge, said: “I have enjoyed the whole course.
“It’s taught me some vital skills, I’ve gained a first aid qualification and worked in a team.”
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