West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has teamed up with Halifax Boxing Club to run an exciting new initiative aimed at the unemployed.
The free, 12 week course hopes to give participants something to put on their CVs that will knockout the competition.
It offers training in skills, such as food hygiene, fire marshalling and how to do a risk assessment, which will appeal to employers across the board, and furnish participants with accredited qualifications.
Meeting for one, three-hour session per week at the club in at Ladyship Mills, Old Lane, Ovenden, there’s always the opportunity to have a go at some sparring too!
The initiative is supported by Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative, as well as West Yorkshire Police’s Neighbourhood Policing Team.
Induction has started for the first cohort of a two year rolling programme, funded through grant money secured from The People’s Health Trust.
Boxing enthusiast, Kyle Scully, has signed up as a summer activity despite having a place secured at Leeds Trinity University in September, and there’s still time for others to get involved.
The 18-year-old, who has recently completed a Btec diploma in sport at Huddersfield New College, said:
“I’m really excited to take part in this initiative. I think this is something different in the community.
“I’m hoping to get an idea of the hazards in the general working environment and what it’s like to be in a situation where you have to think on the spot.”
Head Coach at the boxing club, Mick Rowe added:
“This course is not specifically about boxing but the opportunity will be there to get involved in that side of things.
“Boxing gives you confidence, discipline and it a route to good fitness.”
Elements covered during the course are:
• First aid
• Fire/road safety
• Fire marshalling
• Risk assessments
• Manual handling
• Food hygiene
• Personal safety
• Cyber crime
Anyone who is interested in completing the course can contact Dominic.Furby@westyorksfire.gov.uk or Karen.Scanlon@calderdale.gov.uk
The course is open to men and women and there is no upper age limit.