GMFRS hosted a visit from Co-op Group CEO Steve Murrells on Monday 17 May, to meet some of the apprentices supported by the apprenticeship levy.
The Co-op has pledged almost half a million to the service supporting 41 apprentices on two-year programmes.
Through the Greater Manchester Levy Matchmaking Service, the Co-op has transferred £492,000 to support the cost of training two cohorts - one last summer and another who started in the Autumn.
Co-op Group CEO, Steve Murrells visited Manchester Central Community Fire Station, and met with Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Leon Parkes, Station Manager, Dave Wilson and firefighter apprentices Ryan Mather, Aaron Crawley and Craig Austin.
During the visit, Steve got involved in a number of activities to learn more about the station and the apprentices, including going up on an aerial appliance with one of the apprentice firefighters.
GMFRS Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Leon Parkes, said: “Our apprentice firefighters are a valuable asset to the service, as we continue to transform GMFRS into a modern, progressive organisation. Our fire stations and serving crews welcome the arrival of apprentice firefighters who work hard to develop their skills and knowledge to provide the best service possible for their local communities.
“We’d like to thank Co-op for their continued support through the Levy Matchmaking Service, which has allowed us to train our apprentices to a high standard and keep Greater Manchester safe.”
Co-op Group CEO, Steve Murrells, said: “As a champion of social mobility, we know how apprenticeships form a vital part of the lives of thousands of people as they start their careers – and vital for the UK economy.
“It’s great to see our levy being used to help frontline Fire and Rescue service, as they learn vital skills needed to help save lives. It’s another great example of the Co-op’s commitment to communities.”
18/05/2021 17:14 PM