Thursday 24th March 2015 – 3.45pm – Chris Kowalik.
West Midlands Ambulance Service is once again looking to give hundreds of people the chance to become a paramedic. We will not only train you to become a lifesaver, we’ll pay you to do it too!
The new roles are being created to increase the paramedic workforce of the Trust still further; we already have one of the highest skill mixes in the country. It will also help Trust to meet the increased demand that we have been experiencing.
Trust Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said: “As a paramedic you will have one of the most amazing careers; saving lives and helping people in their hour of need.
“As someone who has worked in the ambulance service for over 25 years, I know just how rewarding the job can be.”
There are student paramedic positions available within the Black Country, Birmingham, Staffordshire and Coventry & Warwickshire.
The 30-month training course will lead to you becoming a state registered paramedic.
To apply, you need to hold a minimum of 5 GCSEs (inc. English, Maths and Science) plus an A – Level qualification or equivalent. In addition, successful applicants must demonstrate a passion to deliver excellent patient care and hold a full UK driving licence with no more than 3 points. You must also have a Category C1 licence, a provisional C1 or have applied to gain one with DVLA.
Candidates must fully complete the application form via NHS Jobs. Search under “West Midlands Ambulance Service” for job reference 217-VN325-15-16
Applications must be made before 11.59pm on Monday 4th April 2016.
You can request a paper application by calling the Recruitment Team on 01384 215 896.
Appointments will be subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check, references and medical clearance (you will be advised of the process by WMAS).
Hi im really interested in this position of becoming a paramedic could you please send me any additional information that i need.
Hi Jayne…you should find all the information you need on NHS Jobs. – the reference number is in the release or search for West Midlands Ambulance Service. However, if you need something specific, probably best to contact the Recruitment Team when they are back in on Tuesday on 01384 215555 – good luck
Above states that if you do not already hold a C1 license then you must have applied to gain one from the DVLA. I stated this was the case during my recent application, which was unsuccessful. When gaining feedback from a member of your team I was told I must have a C1 license already. Therefore it seems a little unfair that I met the current criteria, but wasn’t given a chance.
Hi Justin…sorry to hear that. Probably best to raise that with the Recruitment Team – you can contact them on Tuesday on 01384 215555.
What’s the age limit for applicants please ?
Think it is 18 and above Tracey, but it should be part of the information on NHS Jobs – search for West Midlands Ambulance Service
I’ve wanted to become a paramedic for years but course costs always stopped me. My only problem now is that I don’t drive, I’ve never been able to learn because of time and money. Is it a real necessity, to have a licence?
Hi Dana…the advantage of this course is that we pay you to do it. I’m almost certain driving is integral but if you want to be certain, contact the recruitment team on Tuesday on 01384 215555
You may wish to also inform people of fitness requirments. As I found out 2 years ago applied for job with wmas Informed your specialist driving instructor that I was blind in left eye in his words as long as you can read that number plate over there Im happy. Passed all the tests and was given a full time post handed my notice in with employer at time. Only to be to told at the medical because Im blind on left eye. Im not capable of doing the job correctly.
Sorry to hear that Barry. We’d always recommend that people are up front with their situation.
Hi. I have my access to health and 3 gsce is this enough? I also have 3 years A&E experience as an auxiliary nurse. Thanks
Hi Michelle…probably best to contact the Recruitment Team when they are back on Tuesday. 01384 215555. Good luck
Hi Michelle, did you have any luck with grades enquiry? I have similar grades and experience and also want to apply. Thanks, Paul
Hi Paul…like Michelle, if you’d like to talk through your own specific set of circumstances, by all means contact the Recruitment Team on 01384 215 555 and they’ll be happy to offer advice. They’re back in on Tuesday.
I would have loved to apply, however I only have a couple of grade c’s in GCSE, I am nearly 50. Are you doing something similar for a ” A levels below”
Hi Andy…if you hVe any queries about your personal situation, we’d recommend that you speak to the Recruitment Team who will be able to assist. The number is 01384 215 555. Good luck
Hi I’m really interested in becoming a paramedic but I don’t have the qualifications need , is the a college course or some other way around it ? Thanks.
Hi Jason…the qualifications requested are as a result of the university based part of the programme. There are a variety of further education colleges where you can study both GCSEs and A levels. However, if you’d like to talk through your own specific set of circumstances, by all means contact the Recruitment Team on 01384 215 555 and they’ll be happy to offer advice. They’re back in on Tuesday.
I’m unfortunately not in a financial position to apply at the moment but do very much want to apply in the future. Will you be recruiting again in the near future?
Hi Debbie…yes, almost certainly we’ll be recruiting again. Are you aware that the Student Paramedic course is a paid one?
Hi, I am aware that it’s paid but it’ll be a substantial salary cut. One that I’m very willing to take bit unfortunately am not able to just yet.
As it’s a student role would I qualify for council tax exemption?
Hi im rinterested in this position of becoming a paramedic could you please email me the additional information that i’ll need to apply.
Hi Christopher…unfortunately the position closed a few days ago. However, you can set up an alert on NHS jobs that will tell you when we next start recruiting. Hope that helps
Hi, just wondering of there will be any oppotunities to join the paramedic team in Staffordshire as a trainer in the near future. I have a forensic science bsc(hons) degree and have 9 years dental nursing experience. I would love an opportunity to train as a paramedic.
Hi Natasa, it may well be worth you setting up an alert on NHS Jobs to discover when any potential positions become available. Not sure if this route is of interest but we expect our next Student Paramedic opportunities to open up again around April next year. Failing that, if you wanted further advice you could drop a line to our recruitment team by emailing email@example.com. Alternatively in office hours you can call 01384 215896.
Hi,please interested in this training course please could you contact me on my email address.
Hi Amy…perhaps you could contact the Recruitment Team on 01384 215896 and they should be able to help.
Hello, I am very interested in this role, who do I contact for further details and how to reply.
Thanks for your message. We are not currently recruiting for student paramedics. However, if you go to NHS Jobs you can register and set up an alert which will tell you when we next are. In the meantime, there is more information available on our website http://www.wmas.nhs.uk