Beacon Project

Beacon course

A 12-week (one day a week) alternative education programme, run during school term times.

The programme is designed to engage with young people from primary school age to 19 who meet one of the following criteria:

  • At risk of exclusion from mainstream education
  • NEET (Not in Employment Education or Training)
  • Disengaged as they don’t always have the chance to join in eg. Looked After Children, Young Carers, Young People with Disabilities, Young People from Ethnic Minorities

Activities include: Practical fire service activities (using hoses, fire extinguishers, youth breathing apparatus, hydrants, foam, search & rescue techniques), Teambuilding activiites, Outdoor Pursuits, First Aid, Health Awareness, Road Safety, Water Safety, Community Safety Awareness (hoax calls, arson, safety in the home, bonfire & firework safety).


  • To instil fundamental fire service principles of self discipline, leadership & teamwork
  • Develop wider key skills in communication, problem solving, working with others
  • Limit social exclusion


  • Reduction in the number of pupils excluded from mainstream education
  • Positive engagement with vulnerable young people
  • Engage & educate young people to create fire safe citizens
  • Gain qualifications to enhance employment prospects

For further information please contact Karen Metcalf on 0151 296 4603 or email