Have you got what it takes? Could you be one of our firefighter apprentices?

Wed 6 Apr, 2016


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Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service is holding a number of familiarisation days later this month, for people interested in becoming an apprentice firefighter.

The events are the latest step in the Authority’s roll out of an apprenticeship scheme which will see people recruited and developed into career pathways across the Authority, into both support and operational roles.

Later this year we will be advertising to recruit firefighter apprentices who will be trained to Emergency Fire Service Operations Level 3 qualification - the same as our trainee Wholetime Firefighters have previously attained. The plan is for this recruitment and training process to then be repeated in the next two financial years. Individuals who are interested will need to be at least 18 years old at the start of the apprenticeship.

Lynne Swift, Director of People and Organisational Development said: “We are looking forward to starting the recruitment process and subsequent training for our firefighter apprentices, which makes up a significant component of our authority-wide apprenticeship scheme.

“The familiarisation days we are running this month will be a great opportunity to give people who are interested in becoming one of our first firefighter apprentices, an insight into the role they could be applying for.“

Those attending one of the familiarisation sessions will be able to observe operational crews in a drill and ask questions about the role they play in keeping our community safe. They will be invited to take part in a practical session and witness the sort of tests that they will be expected to complete during the recruitment process. 

The apprentices will be employed by Encompass, an Apprentice Training Agency, and seconded to BFRS for the majority of their workplace training and development.

The decision to introduce an apprenticeship scheme was taken at a meeting of the BMKFA Executive Committee held on the 29 July 2015, and supports the government drive to encourage public sector organisations to help generate three million apprenticeships by 2020.

To find out more and book your place on one of these familiarisation days, please click here