National Apprenticeship Week


‚ÄčThis week, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service will be releasing a series of case studies to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week.

Starting today, 8 February, this week is an opportunity to recognise and show some of the apprenticeships on offer at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service. We will also be celebrating the successes of those currently working for the Service after their apprenticeship.

All wholetime firefighters now come through an Operational Firefighter Level 3 Apprenticeship. This is so we can align them to a common framework of training, learning and assessment, as all services move towards a national guidance.

Recently, our newest batch of firefighters passed with 10 distinctions to mark strong performance in the theory exams, practical scenario assessments and professional discussions. All apprentices passed first time as a result of their dedication, commitment and professionalism throughout their development programme.

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We offer a range of apprenticeships at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, including the Level 3 Business Administrator Apprenticeship. This apprenticeship entails the taking of minutes in meetings, to understand the finance procress and to understand the organisations visions and goals.

Sophie recently started as our Business Administrator Apprentice.

Sophie said, "I wanted to work for the Fire Service because its an area I have always been interested in. I wanted to help protect communities and keep people safe. I knew the apprenticeship would be a good way to get into the Service and i was eager to learn more and finally settle in a job I enjoy."

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Sarah has also recently started her Business Administration Apprenticeship.

Sarah said, "As well as learning all the basic computer skills needed as a business administrator, I am also going to be training to be a software specialist for the database we use at NFRS.

"I am really enjoying it, everyone is so friendly and helpful. At 36 I was worried I would be too old to be considered for an apprenticeship. Its opened up an amazing career path for me and I'm excited for the future."

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Gemma, Specialist Home Safety Operative, also started in the Service as an apprentice.

Gemma said, "My apprenticeship went quickly and I felt support from start to finish, it built my confidence a lot, especially with computers.

"I enjoy working for NFRS as it is a happy, non-judgemental environment to work. I liked it so much I have stayed on working for the Service at the end of my apprenticeship."

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