WMAS is on the hunt for 300 student paramedics


Friday 11th November 2016 – 10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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Do you like helping people? Are you passionate about the West Midlands? If so, you have two of the ideal qualities we are looking for.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) is recruiting 300 student paramedics and you will be able to find out everything you need to know about applying at a careers event being held in conjunction with Sandwell College and Jobcentre Plus. The event will take place at the college’s Central Campus on Saturday, November 26th.

For those of you who cannot wait that long, the good news is that the vacancies open on Monday, November 14th. For more details about the role, qualifications required and to apply, log on to NHS Jobs from Monday.

If you are wondering ‘What if I haven’t got the correct qualifications?’ ‘What does the fitness test include?’ ‘What about the driving aspect of becoming a student paramedic?’ The answers, and solutions, to all of your questions will be on offer at the careers event, together with advice on other job opportunities that are available within WMAS.

There will also be the chance to look around an ambulance and chat to student paramedics who will be on hand to talk about their experiences and offer advice on the best way to secure one of the 300 places.

Sandwell College will also be showcasing the apprenticeships they are able to offer whilst West Bromwich Job Centre will be represented to help those trying to find employment.

There are student paramedic positions available within the Black Country, Birmingham, Staffordshire, Coventry & Warwickshire and Shropshire.

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WMAS Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Marsh said: “Being a paramedic is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world and it offers the chance to have an amazing career.

“The feeling of satisfaction you get when helping someone in their hour of need is something unique.

“The job fair is a fantastic opportunity for people to get the guidance they need to becoming a student paramedic, whatever stage of the journey you are at.”

Sandwell College Principal, Graham Pennington, said: “We are delighted to be working in collaboration with WMAS and Jobcentre Plus for such an important careers fair. We are proud to be hosting at our dedicated careers college campus, which prepares students for the world of work in the healthcare sector with its state-of-the-art facilities and simulated hospital ward.”

Pauline Jones, Jobcentre Plus District Provision Manager for the Black Country, said: “These vacancies represent magnificent opportunities for our claimants, and we will be actively marketing them and encouraging people to be in attendance on the day.”

The careers event takes place at Sandwell College on Spon Lane between 10am and 2pm and is open to all to attend.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please email recruitment@wmas.nhs.uk.



  1. I’m very interested im at college at the moment to gain qualifications to get on the paramedic science course, is this another way if becoming a paramedic? What do I need to do? I’m in coventry, I drive although I will need to apply for the c1 which I’m in the process of,

  2. My daughter as her heart set on be coming a paramedic but her leaving results was not the best and the college she is at as put her down to a level 1, but they told her she as to get o a level 2 before she can do the cause so is it still with in her interest to attend the open day. Thank you

  3. I have always wanted to become a paramedic and I’m currently an active St.John Ambulance Volunteer training Advanced First Aider.

  4. Hi. My son has been hoping to become a student paramedic for a while now but has not yet passed his driving test. Can he still apply?

    1. Hi Andrea…your son will need to have passed his driving test and at least applied for his C1 before he puts his application in. It is likely, though not certain, that there may be further opportunities to apply in 2017, but getting his driving licence is a must. Good luck to him for the future.

    1. Hi Alison…being 41 is certainly no obstacle to becoming a student paramedic – we have had people well into their 50s apply before. 👍 As for the application, you need to go onto NHS Jobs where you will find all the information you need to apply. Good luck

  5. Hello, I want to apply for the student paramedic rold. I’m aware that you have to go onto NHS jobs, but where do I go from there, as I can’t find it? Thankyou in advance.

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