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4 hundred 18-24 year olds are unemployed and claiming benefits in North Devon.
But a new scheme has been launched at Barnstaple fire station to help build self-esteem, develop leadership skills, improve communication skills and increase motivation.
Jobseekers are treated as trainee firefighters and issued with 'work wear' uniform and fire fighting uniform, on loan, during the course.
Here's project officer and crew manager Alan Kyle:
It lasts for 7 weeks and includes hose running, use of breathing apparatus, road traffic collision drills and basic first aid.
Two of the young adults who took part have given it the thumbs-up.
Anyone interested in joining the course needs to get in touch with their Jobcentre Plus.