Friday 30th August 2013 – 10.00am – Murray MacGregor.
When Daniel Egan first joined West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) as an apprentice with the non-emergency Patient Transport Service he had no idea of the positive opportunities it would create for him.
Daniel, who is 22 and from Tamworth, initially worked with ambulance colleagues taking patients to Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospitals. During that period he built excellent communication skills between himself and patients which is an essential skill.
However, that was only the start of his career in the ambulance service. Not only did he complete his apprenticeship he decided to take his calling to the next level by joining the emergency side of the ambulance service applying for and successfully being taken on as a Trainee Ambulance Technician based at the WMAS hub in Coventry.
For the Trainee Technician post, Daniel embarked on eight weeks of clinical training followed by three weeks of intensive blue light driver training allowing him to be fully qualified to drive ambulances on blue lights.
Daniel who previously worked at a Call Centre and Nightclub said that starting out as an Apprentice has brought about a positive outlook for him.
“I had to complete and pass my training to be accepted as a Trainee Technician. I still need to complete 750 hours of supervised practice and build a portfolio of work and take a final assessment before becoming a fully fledged ambulance technician.
“I love my job; I enjoy all of it and I look forward to going to work. Every day provides new and exciting challenges for me.
“This proves that working as an apprentice can help you progress in your career. It has helped me to move forward. If I hadn’t taken this opportunity, I wouldn’t have been able to become a Trainee Technician. I see this as a chance to work my way up the career ladder.”
Daniel’s long term outlook is to become a paramedic.
If you are interested in joining the Trust as an apprentice, West Midlands Ambulance Service currently has a number of vacancies with the Patient Transport Service. You can find out more by going to http://www.jobs.nhs.uk and searching for the following reference numbers:
217-VN095-13-14 PTS Apprentice – Coventry & Warwickshire
217-VN096-13-14 PTS Apprentice – Worcestershire
217-VN097-13-14 PTS Apprentice – HEFT & UHB, Birmingham
The closing date for all three is Tuesday 9th September 2013.