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Not so unlucky! 13 young apprentices join Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

TO COINCIDE with National Apprenticeship Week, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has welcomed its latest intake of apprentices to its team. 

The 13-strong group started their apprentice journey on Monday, March 9, 2015, when they took part in a two-day induction programme to get them ready to become trainee community safety advisors, business safety advisors and administrators. 

National Apprenticeship Week celebrates apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider society. 

During their 12-month apprenticeship, the group will get involved in a range of activities to help make the community safer as well as gaining valuable skills and experience with the hope of securing more permanent positions with GMFRS or elsewhere in the future. 

GMFRS introduced its apprenticeship scheme as a pilot in October 2012 and due to its success a second programme started in November 2013 followed by the third programme in March 2015 with Manchester College. 

Those to secure apprenticeship roles are: Ella Donaghue, Aaron Hirst, Robert Muir, Adam Jones, Ruby Abbott and Carys Thompson who are Apprentice Community Safety Advisors and Jacob Buckley, Alex Power, Caerlan Lord, Rahul Ahmed and Christopher Collar who are Apprentice Business Safety Advisors.  Amy Lowe and Arron Maunder will be working in the Emergency Response Hub at GMFRS’ headquarters. 

Eighteen-year-old Ruby Abbott who lives in Ramsbottom is overjoyed to have secured an apprentice role with GMFRS and Manchester College and is now looking forward to fulfilling her position of Community Safety Advisor. 

Ruby said: “I have always had a lot of time for the fire service and since 2011 have been a fire cadet at Ramsbottom Fire Station, more recently securing a voluntary role in the team as a cadet instructor. 

“I can’t wait to get stuck in to my new Community Safety Advisor role and help to make a real difference to the people of Greater Manchester.” 

To see some of the activities our apprentices get involved with, check out their blog here: 

Trudy Burrows, Director of Apprenticeships and Employer Training at The Manchester College, said: “This is an exciting time for the apprentices as they take the first steps in their careers. We will work closely with GMFRS to give them the support they need to succeed in their apprenticeships.” 

The news comes just weeks after figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed that in the last three months of 2014 (October to December) nearly one million young people in the UK were not in education, employment or training. 

Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “We are proud to be able to offer so much opportunity for young people through our youth engagement schemes, to help them grow as individuals and also allow them to give something more to the communities of Greater Manchester. 

“A long-lasting pathway of skills development and opportunities has been created over the past few years at GMFRS, from volunteering to youth programmes and more recently traineeships and apprenticeships. 

“We can take someone at school age and provide them with a whole range of experiences to give them skills that employers benefit from – with many now working at GMFRS and in other organisations after successfully completing an apprenticeship with us.” 

For information about GMFRS’ youth schemes, visit

You can follow apprentice activity this week on social media, with #NAW2015 being used on Twitter.

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Photos above of new apprentices with Deputy County Fire Officer Jim Owen and Councillor Steve Williams and apprentices taking a group ‘selfie’

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:31
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