Councillor lauds ASDAN programme

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An innovative project launched by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service that sees participants gain an ASDAN qualification has been praised by councillors.

The course, which was developed by the fire services's Phoenix Works team, has recently been completed by a group of people referred by Helston Job Centre. The programme aims to provide support and training to increase the employment opportunities of those who take part.

All participants were given the opportunity to gain Level 1 Wider Key Skills qualification in Improving Own Learning and Performance, while taking part in a range of fire service activities to promote teamwork, communication skills, raise confidence and aspirations. The course includes train the trainer, first aid, presentation and life skills.

Cllr Lance Kennedy, Cornwall Council cabinet member for community safety and public protection, said: "These courses are an excellent example of how, by working with partners such as Cornwall Works and Jobcentre Plus, we can really make a difference to the lives ofthese individuals. I am delighted to celebrate the people who have embraced this opportunity to learn from the best."

Throughout the course participants get the opportunity to learn and develop transferable skills through participating in fire and rescue service drills and activities. These skills can then be taken forward and put into practice when the group members meet local employers, support agencies and community groups to help the individuals to identify future employment, training or voluntary opportunities.

CFRS Chief Fire Officer Des Tidbury said: "I am encouraged to see how Phoenix Works team has been able to use the work and reputation of the fire and rescue service to help this group of people develop useful new skills."