Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Sponsors Uniformed Services Programme
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) has sponsored Ashfield School’s Uniformed Services Programme by providing its pupils with NFRS polo shirts.
The Uniformed Services Programme teaches students aged 16 – 18 years about employment opportunities in the uniformed services, physical fitness, teamwork, health, safety and hygiene, map reading and navigation, military drill, competitive team sports, citizenship and volunteering in the local community.
On successful completion of the course, students achieve a nationally accredited qualification, the Level 2 NCFE Diploma for entry to the Uniformed Services or, if they choose to study to Level 3, the Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma for Uniformed Public Services.
Firefighters from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, along with representatives from other uniformed professions, work closely with the school, speaking to students and showing them what it is like to work in their profession. These visits are a key influencing factor as to why so many pupils go on to choose a full a time career in a uniformed profession after completion of their course.
“We are delighted to be part of Ashfield School’s Uniformed Services Programme,” said Danny Mason a firefighter at NFRS. “The students get a real insight into what it is like to work for the fire and rescue service, indeed, as well as other uniformed professions. Our firefighters demonstrate to students what the role of an officer is like as well as answering any questions they may have.”“We are extremely grateful to NFRS in supplying us with our polo shirts, we rely greatly on the support of the uniformed services to make the programme a success,” said Julie Taylor, Uniformed Services Co-ordinator at Ashfield School. “Our Uniformed Services Programme is always well received by students, particularly the visits from industry professionals. Following their studies, many of our students choose a full time career in one of the uniformed services.”