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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has been congratulated by the government for its role in developing top-quality apprenticeships that help young people have a better future.
The Service has been running its government apprentice scheme in conjunction with local colleges since October 2012, and has seen a number of young people go on to find employment as a result of the scheme, including some with GMFRS.
GMFRS’ partnership with Manchester College started in November 2013, when the college was successful in its bid to deliver the Service’s tailor-made apprenticeship programme.
The college worked with the Service to develop the apprenticeships and create training programmes which were relevant to GMFRS’ specific needs and directly related to the jobs available – that included Business Safety Advisors and Community Safety Advisors.
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 schemes, to help them as individuals and also give something more to the communities that we serve.
“GMFRS has created a long-lasting pathway of skills development and opportunities from volunteering to youth programmes and apprenticeships.
“We can take someone at school age and provide them with a range of experiences to give them skills that employers would benefit from – and there is proof the scheme can lead to young people gaining employment with many now working at GMFRS after successfully completing an apprenticeship.”
The government’s Department for Business Innovation and Skills has revealed that more than 1,000 employers are now involved in the trailblazers scheme with 700 set to design new apprenticeships.
As part of the trailblazer programme GMFRS will join forces with organisations from across the fire and rescue sector to design a new business safety apprenticeship that will see apprentices work with businesses offering advice and educating people to help keep their properties safe from fire.
Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “I congratulate Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service for the key role it is playing in developing new top-quality apprenticeships.
“Through the trailblazers initiative companies like GMFRS, in collaboration with their industry partners, will give people the skills they need to thrive and our businesses need to compete.”
To find out more information about apprenticeships visit the government website here: http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/employers/steps-to-make-it-happen/apprenticeship-standards-in-development.aspx