Thursday 23rd January 2014 – 4.45pm – Murray MacGregor.
Ambulance bosses say they are delighted with the response to an advert to become a frontline member of staff.
Over 1,100 people applied to become student paramedics with West Midlands Ambulance Service. The Trust is currently recruiting people to fill 120 places.
Recruitment Advisor, Louise Harris, said: “This is a fantastic response. We thought it would be a popular role, but to get so much interest is tremendous as it means we will be able to ensure we have the highest quality of candidates.
“We have been pleasantly surprised by the wide range of people who have applied. They come from all sections of our area and have a wide range of backgrounds and communities which is really positive.
“Clearly with so many applications to go through we will be a little busy for a while, but will let candidates know as soon as possible; please bear with us. The assessments are due to start from week beginning 3rd February.
“We are currently planning to run four courses of 30 over the coming months.
“For those that are successful, it is a really good programme which is both challenging and rewarding.
“As a Trust, we are committed to ensuring that we have a paramedic on every vehicle. We already have one of the highest rates of paramedics in the country but this programme will take us one step closer to that vision.”