Apprentices from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service joined young people from across the county at a special graduation ceremony.
The Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony was held at the County Showground in Stafford on Wednesday 13 July. Apprentices completing their training celebrated with their employers, training providers, family and friends.
Now in its second year, the ceremony celebrates the achievement of higher and advanced apprentices, putting apprenticeships on an equal footing with a university route to success.
Apprentices from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service were at the event: Laura Aldred, Jack Boote, Jack Burton, Laura Daniels, Lydia Hooley, Rehana Iqbal, Ruth Kewn, Kelly McCulloch, Alison Myatt, James Russell and Rachel Spruce .
Lydia Hooley, aged 21, has completed her Level 3 Advanced Business Administration apprenticeship – and now has a permanent, full-time job with the Service.
“After working on reception at fire service HQ, my job now is in the central prevent and protect team, where I work as an administrator. Being an apprentice at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has been brilliant. You get real experience in a proper work environment, with support from colleagues and from the other apprentices here, too. I’m now looking to do my Level 4 Business Administration qualification – I want to keep on learning and developing.”
Lydia has also attended fire service career events, where she has spoken to many young people about the benefits of an apprenticeship with the Service.
Rehana Iqbal also a Business Administration recipient was both delighted and surprised
“I thought it was just a case of getting a certificate through the post, I’m absolutely delighted with this and it’s nice to be recognised for all our hard work, it makes it all very special with a ceremony.”
Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant said:
“We’re delighted to support the graduation ceremony, which celebrates the enormous success and achievement of Higher and Advanced apprentices across Staffordshire. I’d like to say a huge well done to all the apprentices from the Service. Like university graduates, it is right they get their day on the stage and in the spotlight too.
“The people who work at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are its biggest asset and it is great to have enthusiastic, talented and hardworking apprentices here.”
“I am very proud that Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has been asked to become the trailblazing Service developing the national Emergency Fire Service Operations Apprenticeship Framework for 2017.
This is a clear demonstration of the regard that the Service is held in nationally in terms of our approach to apprenticeships and I was delighted to that the Service was asked to undertake such a prestigious role in apprentice development. “
Anyone interested in an apprenticeship with Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service can find out more by visiting our website www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk
Apprenticeships at the Service include business administration, catering, community safety, ICT technical support, maintenance and more.