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Work Experience Winning Award

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Training and Development Team have won the Staffordshire Partnership’s Work Experience award, which recognises the Service’s outstanding contributions to work experience.

"The course was a great success and we are both delighted and honoured to be the first recipients of the Staffordshire Partnership’s Work Experience award."

Lead Trainer, Becky Gill

The award was presented to the Training and Development team by Pete Walthorne from the Staffordshire Partnership. Mr Walthorne said: "We have for a number of years co-ordinated a work experience award process whereby schools nominate employers for an award.

"Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has been a recipient of this award in previous years however this year we have decided to have a separate awards ceremony and created some additional awards, including the Work Experience Award.

"There is only one of these awards and it is given in recognition of an outstanding contribution to work experience. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is the first recipient of this award to honour the long term commitment the Service has shown to organising and continuously developing an outstanding work experience programme for schools pupils. The programme has inspired numerous young people and is an eagerly anticipated event on the schools calendar."

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service received over 50 applications for a placement on Fire Service Work Experience Week this year and 18 young people from schools across the county were selected to take part in the course.

Lead Trainer, Becky Gill said: "The students were all from differing backgrounds and were all keen and eager to learn.  The group worked well together and excelled in the challenges presented to them.

"The students experienced and participated in hose running and pumping, hydrants, road traffic collision and breathing apparatus exercises and team development. They also visited Stafford Fire Station and looked around the appliances and participated in sessions which covered the Leadership message, role of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, arson, hoax calls and risk reduction.

"The course was a great success and we are both delighted and honoured to be the first recipients of the Staffordshire Partnership’s Work Experience award."

Mr Walthorne added: "We use the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service work experience programme as an example of excellent practice when supporting other large employers who wish to develop their programmes. We regard Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service as one of the very best of our many partners and always enjoy working with them."