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Army teaching life skills to young Muslims in Huddersfield

Young Muslims and members of the British armed forces have teamed up in Huddersfield to tackle radicalisation.

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The army is teaching workplace skills - to build positive relationships with young Muslim men.

The lessons at Birkby Community Centre which will run for 12 months are also aimed at keeping young Muslims off the streets. They focus on using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) to develop skills for the workplace.

In the first session the youngsters aged 13-19 worked in teams to build a toy buggy car.

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The Army is a great British institute that is vast in size, vast in resources, vast in skills. It makes sense for us as a community organisation to empower our young people using the army. There's not been any kind of hostility, any shape or form whatsoever. These are British young people working with the British army in developing themselves.

– Rashad Bokhari, Huddersfield Pakistani Community Alliance

Organisers also want to challenge the negative image of soldiers among some minority groups.

In the first session the youngsters aged 13-19 worked in teams to build a toy buggy car. Credit: ITV News

One of the things we're really trying to do is to open up to some of the communities we haven't really engaged with as much as we could have done and perhaps in some of the communities in West Yorkshire - we need to do a little bit more. There is lots of mythology out there and it's really important we can break down those myths.

– Col Mike Butterwick, Deputy Commander 4th Infantry Brigade

Click below to watch Umar Farouq's report