What will the apprentice be doing?
A typical day in a life of an apprentice would be to arrive at work for 7:45am ready to start at 8am. A mentor will brief you on your role for the day which could vary from going out on the van all around the county to one of many critical tasks such as:
- Reactive Work - completing defects at fire stations. These defects could be changing a bulb to filling the fire engines up with ad blue or diagnosing a vehicle or piece of equipment such as a ladder or Cutting equipment.
- Planned Work - Your day could also be staying in the workshop to help with interim safety inspections or a major yearly service on a fire engine or service a response car.
- BAU (Business as usual) – record keeping, writing up inspection documents, rectification of defects and importantly ensuring coursework needs are met. This may be work towards a module or write up for an assessment.
From the onset your journey will be guided by mentors and as you develop your skill and enhance your knowledge, independent working will be promoted where competence is achieved.
What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?
You will gain an NVQ Level 3 Heavy Vehicle apprenticeship as well as receiving specialist training at the end of the apprenticeship.
The training provider running the apprenticeship programme is based in Watford. You will study at their college in Watford as block release for 4 days in every 5 weeks.
You will be provided with appropriate IT equipment, tools for the job, and travel and accommodation will be paid for during attendance at college.
You will be supported and monitored throughout the apprenticeship with visits from a Skills Coach every 28 days.
What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?
On successful completion of the apprenticeship, you will be offered a permanent job as an Engineering Services Technician with ESFRS. This role currently attracts a starting salary of £29,174.
Reality CheckYou will need to have a driving licence or a commitment to working towards one at your own time/expense. This is because a fundamental part of the role is visiting multiple sites across East Sussex that are sometimes inaccessible by public transport. Some heavy lifting will be required in line with Health and Safety Executive Guidance.
Skills RequiredCommunication skills, IT skills, Problem solving skills, Team working
Qualifications RequiredGCSE or equivalent English (Grade C / 4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C / 4) Desired