A PROJECT to help people find work will be making its way to Minehead later this month.

The Phoenix Project is an eight-day course designed to motivate young people aged 18 plus either back into work, further education or training.

It is being run by Devon & Somerset Fire Rescue and the Job Centre Plus in Somerset in partnership with West Somerset Council.

The course focuses on communication skills, team work and personal aptitude using firefighter training.

In addition, the participants gain a First Aid qualification and a Food Safety and Hygiene certificate.

On the last day, they will have a chance to demonstrate their new skills in front of family, friends and local employers.

They will then have a chance to speak to employers about job opportunities.

Cllr Karen Mills said: “This project provides an excellent opportunity for local jobseekers to develop their skills and gain necessary qualifications required for the world of work in a fun and practical way.

“It also provides the opportunity for those on the programme to speak face to face with local employers about current and future employment opportunities.

We hope to see some really positive outcomes as a result of this project.”

If you are currently working with the Jobcentre in Minehead and you are interested in taking part in this project then please speak to your advisor.

Any employers who are interested in supporting the event should contact Emily Swaby-Halls on 01643 495822.