Fire Service Training Contract

Photocall: 11.30am, Monday 3 October, Cauldon Campus, Stoke on Trent College, Stoke Road, Shelton, ST4 2DG.

Stoke on Trent College has won a contract to train apprentices for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The college will work with the service to provide training for apprentice firefighters and other trades such as vehicle mechanics, hospitality and catering, and administration staff.

The agreement will be officially signed at the college’s Cauldon Campus, Shelton, on Monday, 3 October.

Stoke on Trent College works with several companies and public sector organisations to provide targeted vocational training for their staff.

These include British Telecom trainees who are educated to Foundation Degree level while they learn their trade at the company’s Yarnfield training centre, Staffordshire.

Andy Greenhough said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to work with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service on their apprenticeship programme.

“Clearly, much of the operational knowledge for people such as apprentice firefighters is provided by in house training but we have drawn up an agreement to provide training in areas such as literacy and numeracy, health and safety, and workplace rights over a two year apprenticeship qualification.”

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Training Manager, Tim Wareham said: We’re really recognising the benefits apprentices bring to the table – the work that they do is valued by all stakeholders and we’ve been able to unlock some fantastic young talent from within the local community.

“These young people are our future workforce, so it’s important to engage them and develop their skills at the earliest opportunity, which is exactly what the apprenticeship programme has been designed to do. We are looking forward to working alongside Stoke-on-Trent College to develop the apprentice’s skills to the highest standard.”

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