Three apprentice firefighters from County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS) have volunteered to join with the National Apprenticeship Scheme as ambassadors to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from today until Friday 9th March.
Connor Moir, Michael Oliver and Jamie Preston are all taking part, and as the title indicates, will become ambassadors for apprenticeship programmes and the opportunities they can offer.
CDDFRS unveiled ten firefighter apprentices in May last year and is one of the first in the country to launch an apprenticeship scheme of this kind.
The five male and five female apprentices, who are aged between 18 and 25, have spent the first 10 months of their apprenticeship based at fire and rescue headquarters in Belmont where they have been attached to every department learning how the organisation works.
In year two, they will each spend time at different fire stations and watches across the service area learning the role of a firefighter.
As well as the firefighter apprentices, the service also employs apprentices across all departments in a variety of roles.
In January 2018, CDDFRS was the only blue light service in the UK to be named in top 100 of apprenticeship employers and was formally recognised at a ceremony in London.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Sarah Nattrass, commented: “I am extremely proud of all our apprentices, they are a vital part of our organisation and over the past year have enhanced our service to the public and have become an integral part of our workforce.”
“I am especially proud of Connor, Michael and Jamie who have put themselves forward becoming national ambassadors for the apprenticeship scheme.
“We fully support National Apprenticeship Week and look forward to recruiting more amazing apprentices in the near future.”