In April 2017, three of the Service’s Firefighter Apprentices from Milton Keynes West were tasked with creating and delivering a presentation on what it is like to be a Firefighter Apprentice in the Brigade and describe the various stages of their recruitment journey.
Firefighter Ben Taylor was tasked with designing the presentation and this was then delivered by Firefighter Johnathan Quainton and Firefighter Chantelle Koutsou to Bletchley College students who are currently undertaking a Public Services course.
The presentation was a huge success both in content and delivery; provoking some good questions and discussion during the sessions.
The presentation was so successful that it was subsequently used as part of the Apprenticeship familiarisation events which took place to give budding Apprentice Firefighters the knowledge of our scheme.
Following the presentations, students and tutors were invited to come along to an assortment of practical sessions, giving them the opportunity to try some of the various role-related tests new recruits need to pass to prove their fitness levels.
These sessions started with a talk from the duty Watch Commander and the Apprentice Support Officer about how the session would run and what the students could expect to gain from the experience. The students were then fitted out in Service PPE, assigned a mentor for the session and spilt into groups. The students made their way around the circuit trying out the various tests, these included –
- Role-Related shuttle run
- Confined Space test
- Ladder climb
- Ladder extension
- Hose Running
Year 2 students were then given the opportunity to undertake a personal qualities and attributes interview and feedback was supplied on this process hopefully giving them an invaluable insight into future interviews they may embark on.
SC Graham Freer who interviewed the students commented –
“There was many good answers to the questions posed, all students interacted well and I’m sure they will benefit from having this opportunity. I wish them well in which ever career path they choose to undertake.”
The sessions ended with students and tutors having the opportunity to ask any questions they had after their experience.
Lots of the students doubted their ability to complete the various activities but everyone had a huge sense of pride in what they had achieved. Many of the students hasn’t considered the Fire Service as a career; but by the end of the session they had lots of questions on how to apply for the Apprenticeship Scheme.
This was a great piece of engagement with the local college and was greatly enjoyed by the students and tutors alike, raising the profile of the various career opportunities available in the Fire Service.
Please see the below expression of thanks received from the Course Team Leader – Level 3 Public Services
“I just wanted to say thanks very much to you and the apprentices for coming in to speak to my first year students. They really appreciated it and it has certainly sparked a lot of interest in the fire service as a career. It was really useful for their Employment unit too. Please pass on my thanks to Johnny and Chantelle, their presentations were excellent and I have had some really positive feedback from the students.”