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Apprentices aim high in the fire service

THIS week Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is recognising the hard work put in by its current apprentices.

GMFRS is celebrating the work of the nine apprentices currently gaining qualifications and work experience at the Service this week as part of National Apprentice Week.

Ryan Lee, an apprentice in the Emergency Response Hub, said: “Being an apprentice at GMFRS is great, it has taught me lots of valuable experiences and I have met lots of good people.”

GMFRS has apprentices across several teams and sites, including GMFRS Headquarters, Training and Development Centre and Leigh Technical Centre.

The apprentices are working towards qualifications in Business Administration, Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Digital Marketing.

Apprentice Keeley Southern said: “It’s very interesting being an apprentice within GMFRS.

“Seeing how helpful and friendly everyone is and seeing how everyone works together within the organisation and behind the scenes to help save lives is great.

“I know that the information I have learned on this apprenticeship will really help me in the future.”

As well as this, GMFRS has been working in partnership with Manchester College since 2012 to deliver Community Fire Safety and Business Fire Safety apprenticeships.

In 2011, GMFRS first employed and delivered Community Fire Safety and Business Fire Safety to 11 apprentices, who achieved fantastic results.

Cheryl Peet, Associate Partner for Talent, Attraction and Retention said: “Due to the success of our apprentices we will be looking for delivering these apprentices internally as an employer-provide.

“Future apprenticeship opportunities will include Community Safety Advisor/Business Fire Safety Advisor (CSA/BFSA) and finance plus also potential apprenticeship opportunities for internal staff to support staff development.”

Chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “We are proud to be able to offer so much opportunity for young people through our schemes, to help them as individuals and also give something more to the communities that we serve.

“GMFRS has created a long-lasting pathway of skills development and opportunities from volunteering to youth programmes and apprenticeships.

“We can take someone at school age and provide them with a range of experiences to give them skills that employers would benefit from – and there is proof the scheme can lead to young people gaining employment with many now working at GMFRS after successfully completing an apprenticeship.”

ENDS

Notes for editors:

Results from previous apprentices:
• Held or achieved Maths Level 2 - 91%
• Held or achieved English Level 2 - 100%
• Held or achieved ICT Level 2 - 100%
• Achieved the CSA/BFSA Apprenticeship Framework - 91%
• Positive progression rate - 81%

Last update: 10/03/2017 16:43:38
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