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Institute Leads Field; Offering Ambulance Apprentice Training Scheme

The National Health Service (NHS) is seen by many as a last bastion of the welfare state following the privatisation of transport and the selling of the power provision network.

This can also lead to accusations of anachronism, and can result in public outcries over the wasting of public funds and any number of hospital bug stories. Training has never been more important for the health service, with new health risks and greater public scrutiny than ever before. The Grimsby Institute are set to lead the way in training provision, offering a brand new course in conjunction with the existing BTec Diploma in Public Services programme.

New Programme

The new programme, an ambulance apprentice training scheme, has been created through the partnership between the Grimsby Institute and the Lincolnshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust. After completing the BTec diploma, it is anticipated that many of the students will proceed to the Sheffield Hallam University for a Diploma in Paramedic Studies.

It is for this career path that the ambulance apprenticeship was designed, aiming to offer them with first hand experience working with ambulance crews in real life scenarios at the same time as learning the theory behind their desired profession. The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) funded programme will offer the learners a direct route into the workplace with students able to be employed by the NHS Trust as an ambulance paramedic on completion.

Dummy Runs

The Grimsby Institute has recently seen a crash course held for apprentices to give them experience in hands on emergency procedures ““ obviously, carefully supervised. One scenario enacted for the students featured a young man who had broken his leg playing football under the influence of alcohol. The scenario not only offered apprentices the chance for hands on experience, but also gave them the chance to experience the sometimes abusive behaviour that members of the public can inflict upon them.

George, a student on the BTec Public Services course, said: “I didn”t quite achieve what I wanted to with my “A” Levels and I knew I had to further my education to get a career, at that point I thought I”d have to re-sit my exams. When I heard about the apprenticeship scheme being offered by the ambulance service through The Grimsby Institute, I knew it was a great opportunity and something I would be foolish not to go for. It turned out to be a great decision. I”m now on my way to great career in the ambulance service.”

Jethro Marsh

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