National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) takes place between 5 to 11 February 2024 and is an opportunity for the education and skills sector to celebrate the achievements of apprentices around the country and the positive impact they make to communities, businesses and the wider economy.
There is so much going on with apprenticeships across the emergency services, it’s a pleasure to highlight a few this week.
YPO celebrates milestone for National Apprenticeship Week
YPO is celebrating this year’s National Apprenticeship Week with a major milestone. Since launching the Apprenticeship Framework in 2018, YPO has delivered over 1,664 apprenticeship contracts across the public sector.
Currently supported by 215 providers across the UK, the YPO framework offers 688 apprenticeship standards to public sector organisations. Read the full article here.
Poll stats steer National Apprenticeship Week towards a more inclusive fire sector
As the nation gears up to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, a recent poll conducted by The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) revealed that 57% of responders believe that there isn’t sufficient awareness of the diverse opportunities available across fire-related apprenticeships.
Another survey uncovered that 45% of respondents expressed that the diverse job roles across the fire sector aren’t adequately represented in the current apprenticeship offering, highlighting a crucial need for increased visibility and understanding of the various paths available across the sector. Read the full article here.
College of Paramedics expands student membership access during National Apprenticeship Week
To mark this year’s National Apprenticeship Week which is running from 5-11 February, the College of Paramedics has announced that anyone on a paramedic apprenticeship will shortly be able to join the college via the student membership category, rather than the associate member category. Read the full article here.
Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2024: Changing direction, going down a different path
To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, we asked current and former apprentices to tell us about their experience so that we could share that with you.
We were so pleased at the range of responses and the passion that many apprentices feel about this point in their careers. Maybe it will inspire you to do the same. Read the full article here.
Police force helps young vehicle technician onto the career ladder through Autotech Academy
Back in 2022 Dorset Police, together with Devon and Cornwall Police, took a fresh approach to recruiting new talent into its workshops by collaborating with Autotech Academy to create an internship position for a newly qualified female vehicle technician.
Overseeing a fleet of over 1,300 police vehicles across Devon and Cornwall, maintaining staffing levels was critical to Chris West, Workshop Manager across the constabulary’s Plymouth, Bodmin & Camborne workshops. Read the full article here.
Buckinghamshire New University launches Level 6 Resilience and Emergencies Professional apprenticeship
Buckinghamshire New University (BNU) has announced it is launching the new Level 6 Resilience and Emergencies Professional (REP) apprenticeship this September.
It is aimed at professionals working in Category 1 or 2 organisations (as defined by the Contingencies Act 2004) as well as those from the private and social purpose sector who manage risk, hazards and response to major incidents. Read the full article here.
Igniting careers: Insights from fire and rescue employers during National Apprenticeship Week
To coincide with National Apprenticeship Week, employers in fire and rescue services share their experiences of taking on apprentices across a range of roles. Read the full article here.
South Western Ambulance Service launches paramedic apprenticeship
To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, applications are being accepted for a new apprenticeship pathway for those looking to become a paramedic in the South West of England.
The South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT), in collaboration with the University of Cumbria, is offering a new, one-year innovative programme, providing a unique opportunity to enter the ambulance service. Read the full article here.
A journey from a firefighter apprentice to international rescue missions
In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week, Tom Jewell, Temporary Crew Manager for the Urban Search and Rescue team (USAR), shares his experience of completing the firefighter apprenticeship, which paved the way for his thriving career at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS).
Tom was part of the first cohort to go through the Level 3 Operational Firefighting Apprenticeship in 2019. Read the full article here.
The Institution of Fire Engineers pledge to recruit 1,500 student members in 2024
As National Apprenticeship Week comes to a close, The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) has set an ambitious goal for 2024: to recruit 1,500 student members as part of a strategic drive to support early career professionals in creating a well-rounded scope of the opportunities available within the fire sector. Read the full article here.
Police Now: a graduate route into policing
Police Now attracts, recruits and trains outstanding and diverse graduates to be inspirational detectives and police officers with a passion to transform communities. Officers who are determined to be part of the solution, committed to tackling injustice in society and within the police service.
Founded in 2014 by a small group of frontline officers, Police Now is a registered charity seeking to bring improvements to society and support police forces to deliver better outcomes for communities. Read the full article here.