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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Event to celebrate apprentices' achievements

23/07/2015

The apprentices and ceremonial squad with Executive Director / Deputy Chief Executive Becci Bryant
The apprentices and ceremonial squad with Executive Director / Deputy Chief Executive Becci Bryant

Apprentices from across Staffordshire celebrated their achievements during a special ceremony at The County Showground.

"The Service has gone far above my expectations – it really values members of staff and, if you give 100 per cent of your effort to achieving the best you can, it will give you the same back. I would encourage anyone who is looking for employment, whether it is their first job or if they want a change in their career, to look into an apprenticeship with the Service. I, for one, have never looked back."

Dru Lunney - Business Adviser

Ten young people who have completed their Advanced Apprenticeship with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service attended the event.

They were joined by approximately 150 of their counterparts who took part in the scheme at other organisations.

The Service’s apprentices trained in a variety of fields including business administration and mechanics, gaining a Level 3 NVQ in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent College.

Executive Director / Deputy Chief Executive Becci Bryant presented the certificates. She was joined by representatives from other organisations across the county that also run apprenticeships.

Becci said: "The event was a really positive experience for the young people and it was great to celebrate all of the hard work and effort they have put in to achieve their NVQs and successfully complete their apprenticeships. They have proved to be an incredibly important part of the Service and we are very proud of them.

"We strongly believe that the people who work for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are the best asset we have and we are very keen to support enthusiastic young people in getting their first foot on the career ladder. We are always keen to hear from young people who want to join a dedicated team so I would urge anyone who is 16 or over to keep a look out for exciting opportunities that are coming up within the Service."

Dru Lunney, aged 26, joined the Service as a business administration apprentice in the risk reduction team in 2012. He completed a Level 2 NVQ before moving into the learning and development department where he achieved a Level 3 NVQ.

Dru, who is now a business adviser, said: "I had done a fair bit of training and work in different fields before I joined Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service but I was keen to be part of an organisation that could set out a clear career progression, offered excellent training opportunities and had a supportive culture.

"The Service has gone far above my expectations – it really values members of staff and, if you give 100 per cent of your effort to achieving the best you can, it will give you the same back. I would encourage anyone who is looking for employment, whether it is their first job or if they want a change in their career, to look into an apprenticeship with the Service. I, for one, have never looked back."

Apprenticeships range from catering to community safety, ICT, motor vehicle technicians and project assistants.

More information on the Service’s apprenticeship scheme can be found at:
http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/2475.asp

Apprenticeships within the Service are advertised on www.wmjobs.co.uk and www.apprenticeships.org.uk