Shropshire’s ambulance staff of the future?

Wednesday 12th March 2014 – 11.55am – Chris Kowalik.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has been to a Shropshire school’s inaugural careers fair speaking to potential future recruits.

Bridgnorth Endowed School held the event on Tuesday 11th March in which representatives from all the emergency services, the military and a variety of trades spoke to pupils and the visiting public.

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The ambulance service was represented by paramedics, a paramedic area support officer, a student paramedic and recruitment advisors. An ambulance and rapid response vehicle were also on show.

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Paramedic Edd Davis said: “The event went very well and there was a lot of interest in careers in the ambulance service or other areas of the health service. We were asked about the qualifications needed. We informed the GCSE students that they need five passes, the A Level students need to achieve grades D,D and E at the very least. The most common question we were asked by the students was about the most dramatic case we had been to!”

Recruitment/HR Advisor Louise Harris from West Midlands Ambulance Service added: “This is the best recruitment event we have been to, it has been really well organised. All the students were fully briefed beforehand, they were interested in seeing our vehicles and they asked questions about the various roles within the ambulance service, not just about paramedics. They asked about calltaking, NHS 111 and even the job I do.”

Sarah Nicklin, Learning Mentor at Bridgnorth Endowed School said: “We welcomed about 800 students of different ages and year groups through our doors. A lot of them had a lot of questions to ask. The ambulance and rapid response vehicle received a lot of interest from the students who have loved looking around them and seeing what the ambulance service does at first-hand.”

“This was our very first careers fair and we think it has been a real success. We will look to do it again in the future.”


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