Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week

ApprenticeIt’s National Apprenticeship Week and we’re celebrating the annual awareness event by celebrating the success of the apprenticeship programme at Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS).

Since the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in 2016, over 63 AF&RS staff from various areas of the organisation including Resource Planning, Learning & Development, Supplies, Operational Response, Community Fire Safety, Risk Intelligence, Control, Partnerships, and Corporate Communication have successfully enrolled in the programme, leading to either a diploma in Leadership and Management at level 3 or 5, or a level 3 qualification in Business Administration.

AF&RS actively encourages their staff to consider apprenticeships as an opportunity to develop work related skills and experiences, while also helping them to gain a qualification.

Liz Marchant, who is the apprenticeship lead for AF&RS, said: “Since its launch four years ago, 63 members of staff have successfully enrolled in the programme from various areas of the organisation. The apprenticeship programme has provided our staff with the opportunity to develop their skills, while also gaining a qualification.

“At AF&RS, we truly believe that our staff are our biggest asset, and we are proud to be investing in their futures and supporting those who wish to develop their skills.”

Rachel Lowers who is currently undertaking a Business Administration apprenticeship said: “Since joining AF&RS as Community Partnerships Advisor last year, I’d heard so many positive things about the apprenticeship programme from my colleagues, and knew that I wanted to develop my skills further, so decided to enroll in a Business Administration apprenticeship.

“The programme not only allows me to develop my skills further, but it also provides an opportunity for me to gain a qualification alongside my existing role, which is what really appealed to me. I would definitely encourage those who are thinking of enrolling, to do so.”