Eleven new Firefighters have joined East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (ESFRS) following our first ever Wholetime Firefighter Apprenticeship, offered in collaboration with Capita Learning and the Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire.
Throughout their operational training, ESFRS instructors were actively involved in their induction, pastoral support and a final period of training consolidation at our Service Training Centre in Maresfield, East Sussex, supported all the way by a team of dedicated staff working hard behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly.
Nicky Fahey (T/Workforce Development Manager): “This has been a steep learning curve for all involved in the set-up of our very first Wholetime Firefighter Apprenticeship, and we were determined to give our Apprentices the best possible experience and introduction to East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service. Having met our first Cohort during their induction week at Service Training Centre back in February it was clear to see that they were determined to succeed in their training, and having now watched their Pass-Out it’s a pleasure to see how far they have come. I wish them all the very best for the future.”
Paul Markwick (Station Manager and Pastoral Support): “Throughout the process both Matt Jones (Station Manager and Pastoral Support) and I have been actively involved in the induction, pastoral care and consolidation of the Wholetime Apprentices. The group is extremely positive and proactively engaged in the process to meet the challenges presented. The Apprentices are keen to uphold the standards expected by ESFRS and are looking forward to serving the communities of East Sussex, Brighton and Hove. The group has achieved high standards and demonstrated professionalism throughout the duration of their training, and are ready and prepared to start their careers with East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.”
Annette Harrison (T/Workforce Development Co-ordinator): “It has been my pleasure to be involved with this process and provide ongoing daily support to Paul and Matt. Being the first time East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has offered a Wholetime Apprenticeship, there have been many challenges to overcome and long working hours to ensure things ran as smoothly as possible. However, to see this group start with us on day one and watch them grow as individuals on their journey towards becoming Firefighters has been amazing, and makes every bit of hard work worthwhile. I wish them every success for their future.”
Katie Cornhill (Group Manager – Training, Learning and Development): “The initial Firefighter development training that any individual receives when they start their career in a Fire & Rescue Service is perhaps the most important acquisition of behaviours, knowledge and skills that any of us, as serving Firefighters, experience.
Delivering highly trained and motivated Firefighters who are competent, capable, confident and credible is something that I have taken seriously from the moment the decision was made to deliver new Firefighters to the communities we serve using the UK Government’s Apprenticeship scheme.
There are many benefits to using the Apprenticeship scheme, including the learning of new skills and putting them into practice. During an Apprenticeship, learning will be independently assessed to make sure they achieve the behaviours, knowledge and skills needed to be a Firefighter.
Providing effective, efficient and suitable individuals in our Service using the Apprenticeship scheme is a new experience for ESFRS, but one that our teams have risen to with pride, integrity and respect, because we know and understand that we are accountable to the communities we serve and care for.
It is an honour to serve the public in the role of Firefighter, and I feel assured that our new Apprentice Firefighters will serve you with the utmost professionalism and competence.”
We would like to give a warm welcome to our new recruits and wish them all the very best for their careers in the Fire Service.