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applications for firefighters apprentice scheme is now closed

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service are recruiting firefighter apprentices to start their employment in September 2021. 

The registration window has now closed. 

All communication regarding applications will be done via email so please ensure you have an active email account (and don’t forget to check your junk or spam email folders). 

Eligible applicants must be aged 17 or older before September 13th 2021. 

Should your initial application be successful you will be invited to participate in further stages of the recruitment process. Please note you must be successful at each stage to progress. 

The recruitment stages are as follows: 

  • Initial registration and application 
  • Online situational judgement and behaviour assessments 
  • Online ability tests in verbal, numerical and mechanical reasoning 
  • Role related, practical assessments 
  • Interview and presentation 
  • Fitness tests, medical assessment, references and security check 

If you would like to try the practice tests for the ability testing stage (Mechanicalnumerical and verbal  reasoning). Please click each link to access the online practice tests.

Further information on the programme and recruitment process can be found here in the Candidate Information Booklet  

Successful apprentices will follow a tailored and structured training programme covering business fire safety and operational firefighting apprenticeship standards. If successful you will receive the national minimum wage for apprenticeships in year 1 which will increase to national living wage from year 2. If you are successful in achieving pre-set milestones and progress accordingly, national firefighter wages will apply. 

For further information or support please contact Human Resources:

Apprenticeship recruitment is now closed. Thank you for your interest.

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