Christmas comes early for student paramedic hopefuls

Thursday 15th December 2016 – 3pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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Nobody likes being rejected, especially at Christmas. But that is what happened to hundreds of applicants to our recent student paramedic recruitment programme, for one simple reason.

The message cannot be clearer – if you haven’t already got your C1 driving licence, or at least applied for it, your application to become a student paramedic will not be looked at, let alone considered.

As an early Christmas present for all those who missed the recent deadline to get your student paramedic application in, or submitted it without having the relevant driving criteria or qualifications, applications are reopening on Monday (December 19th) and you have until Sunday, January 8th to ensure you have all you need in place for your application to be considered.

Hundreds of the original applications were not even looked at, because the C1 licence was missing or had not been applied for. Therefore, if you are planning to spend your Christmas holidays perfecting your application, please ensure you have your C1 application in place, otherwise you will have wasted your time.

There are 300 student paramedic places on offer with positions available in the Black Country, Birmingham, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Coventry & Warwickshire.

As well as the C1 licence, you will have to provide original certificates showing that you hold a minimum of five GCSEs (including English, Maths and Science) plus an A-Level qualification or equivalent.

Recruitment Manager, Louise Harris, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for those who missed the deadline or were not shortlisted last time.

“If the C1 isn’t in place, the application form is not looked at, so please make sure this is done. It is the biggest reason why applications are rejected.

“Applicants also need to make sure they hold the required qualifications and have the certificates, as you will be asked to produce them.

“I would urge anyone looking to apply to make sure that they read all of the information on NHS Jobs thoroughly, particularly the ‘Additional Information’ document that you can download.

“All of the information that you need to be able to apply is there, but unfortunately some people apparently miss some of the requirements.”

If you need support or require further information about filling in your application form, please contact


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