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As part of National Apprenticeship Week, we’re shining a light on the opportunities and the experiences of our current apprentices.

Apprenticeships provide a great opportunity for people to learn and gain valuable experiences while in paying job. Alongside on-the-job training, apprentices spend a portion of their working hours completing classroom-based learning which leads to a nationally recognised qualification.

To kick start the week we’re congratulating Station Manager Aiden Evans, who was awarded the Higher Apprentice of the Year Award at North Lindsey College for his commitment and integrity during his learning.

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) has apprentices working and learning in teams such as Finance and Corporate Assurance, and as part of this week as checked in to find out their experiences.

Chloe and Eleanor both joined HFRS in March 2022 and work in Finance. Talking about her reasons for applying, Chloe said “It’s a great way to become part of a team to grow into and learn all the different areas of Finance and Procurement, building on that knowledge throughout studying the AAT.

“I have really enjoyed my apprenticeship so far. It’s a great foundation in the world of finance while learning alongside the team. It has allowed me to put my studying into practice and improve my knowledge. The team have been really welcoming and supportive, showing and explaining their work.”

Eleanor had already worked at HFRS as part of temporary agency work before applying for an apprenticeship in the Finance team. Commenting on her experience so far, “The team has made me feel like part of the family, both in and out of work. I’m enjoying that I am learning about everyone’s role and the apprenticeship is through a great training provider, who are on hand for further support.

“I have loved the experience so far and I am looking forward to my future at HFRS.”

Ed joined HFRS in July 2022 as a Digital Communications Apprentice in the Corporate Assurance team, commenting on his experience so far; “I was instantly made to feel like part of the team, starting during the week of British Firefighter Challenge, I was given the opportunity to meet people from across the Service. This role has allowed me to develop my skills and learn about the Service and the world of digital communications.”

This isn’t the first time HFRS has hired apprentices, some of whom have continued to work for the Service after their apprenticeship finished. Luke started his apprenticeship in July 2008, “I applied because after I went to college, I knew I didn't want to go to university and an apprenticeship seemed like the best option.

“I didn't think I'd be here as long as I have! In my 14-year career, I’ve always felt supported and given opportunities to progress. One of the many highlights, was being awarded the Innovation Award last year at the Services Recognition Awards and being nominated by colleagues.”