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Apprenticeships at Kent Fire and Rescue Service
Business resilience administrator apprentice – Level 3
"I chose to do an apprenticeship because I wanted to pursue a more prosperous career path and this was the obvious choice to starting a new career. I have a number of different roles as an apprentice. What I enjoy most about my apprenticeship is how some of tasks I am responsible for have an impact on both the public and the organisation. Seeing changes in communities that I am partly responsible for is one of my favourite things about my role. Especially, when these changes ensure an area has adequate fire cover in the event of an incident. The main benefit for me doing this apprenticeship is that most organisations look at a person’s work experience before hiring them. This makes it difficult for young people to pursue the career they want. As an apprentice, I am able to gain skills and experience in a working environment that both matures and develops me as a person. Plus I also get paid for the work I do which is one of the benefits of choosing an apprenticeship over university. I chose to do an apprenticeship here because as part of the public sector, Kent Fire and Rescue Service is responsible for preventing incidents and reducing the risks to property and life. Starting an apprenticeship with such a commendable organisation may help to benefit me when applying for other jobs in the future. Additionally, the fire service has a number of different departments, each with their own responsibilities. This means there are lots of potential opportunities for when my apprenticeship is over."
Procurement apprentice for fleet – Level 3
"I choose to undertake the apprenticeship scheme because I believe that I would be able to benefit from this style of learning and really kick-start my career in a working environment. The main factors of why I chose to do an apprenticeship is because it gives me a great opportunities to progress within an organisation, learning on the job and expanding my knowledge in the field of procurement. What I enjoy about my role and my apprenticeship is the fact that I have highly qualified individuals around me at all times to help me embark on my career path, as they offer their assistance without a moment’s hesitation and give me the support whenever I may require it, helping me progress with work load and my learning. From my experience the benefits of doing an apprenticeship is that you are able to channel the correct career path for you. This allows me to learn on the job and develop my skills and understandings in procurement. The reasons I wanted to enter into the fire service and the public sector was because my role in procurement means I’ll be heavily involved in projects which can make a difference within the department, as well as helping within the community, which is a real personal achievement."
HR apprentice - Level 3
''I chose to do an apprenticeship as I was leaving sixth form with the goal of a career in HR in mind and I believed the only option was University, although I wasn’t completely convinced that university was for me.
So when I found a HR Apprenticeship within Kent Fire and Rescue Service, a couple of months before I was going to start university, I decided to apply and I’m glad I did. The apprenticeship has given me valuable experience in a recognised and respected organisation as well as still being able to complete a qualification, with the added bonus of no university debt.
Being in a professional environment allowed me to gain valuable work based practical experience that I would have been unlikely to have gained in the classroom at university. This has allowed me to use the skills I have learnt on the job to add context to my coursework and ultimately allowed me have a deeper understanding when completing my qualification.''
Business Support apprentice - Level 3
''I chose to do an apprenticeship because I felt that it would be the perfect starting point for me to kick off my working career, particularly within a well-established organisation. I must admit, I was sceptical at first about doing a full time job alongside a qualification but the balance between doing the job and learning has worked very well for me. Over time, I have learnt a lot about not just the organisation but also the different processes I never thought I’d ever understand at first. What I enjoy about my role is that I get to have an impact on helping firefighters progress in their training so they can go out to incidents. As I look after Driving Courses, I get to understand and learn about all the different vehicles the services uses for incidents. It is a really interesting topic as the amount of specialist vehicles we have in the service was a real eye opener for me from an outside perspective. The great thing about working for KFRS is that there are always opportunities to progress which is an exciting prospect for anyone new coming into this sort of organisation for the very first time. I have developed a lot of skills since joining including my confidence as you get to know so many different people that do different types of jobs. In this sense, it has been very beneficial for me because at the end of the day, everything my colleagues do and everything I do all helps massively towards our main goal as an organisation which is to keep people safe from fire related or other emergencies. I must say, that’s a pretty good feeling to take home with you.''