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Apprenticeships at Kent Fire and Rescue Service
Business administration apprentice – Level 3
"I chose to do an apprenticeship for career progression and to build on my existing knowledge of administration processes and to find more efficient ways of working. I enjoy my role as it is very diverse. We not only do standard administration, but in my team we each specialise in a subject area of training – in my case incident command and officer courses. An apprenticeship is very beneficial and helps you to gain new skills and develop yourself within your role, ready for future progression. It allows you to learn alongside your existing role, meaning that you have the chance to apply the knowledge and skills you are learning, giving your learning context and build experience. I was given the opportunity to complete this apprenticeship to add strings to my bow as part of my ongoing development in the fire service. The learning fitted in well with my existing role and I liked that I could quickly put my new found skills and knowledge into practice."
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."
Business administration apprentice - Level 2
"I chose to do an apprenticeship because university was not for me, but I still wanted to continue learning without all of the debt for university fees, and I thought I was better suited to working and doing things to encourage my learning rather than just writing my knowledge down. My favourite thing about my role is that there is always something new to learn, there is such a wide range of content within the service that you are constantly learning. It has been enjoyable because it has allowed me to work while learning, this has helped massively with developing myself and gaining vital skills needed for a fast-paced working environment. Apprenticeships have many benefits, they allow you to look at your working environment from a different perspective. The coursework that I completed gave me ideas and questions that I probably wouldn’t have asked before completing one. I chose to do an apprenticeship at Kent Fire and Rescue Service because it is such a well-known establishment. I wasn’t really sure how business administration would fit in with it, but since being here I have realised how well it fits in and how vital it is to the organisation."
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."