AMBULANCE Trusts across the country, including West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS), are the latest healthcare employers to gain government approval for developing new apprenticeship standards.
The Trailblazers apprenticeship programme plays a key role in replacing complex apprenticeship frameworks with short, simple and accessible standards written and developed by employers.
Prime Minister David Cameron recently announced the latest Trailblazer groups of leading employers within the healthcare sector. Ambulance Trusts have been working together to develop new apprenticeship standards with the aim of ensuring that every apprentice on a scheme can look forward to learning the necessary skills to pursue a career with the emergency services.
Julian Rhodes, WMAS Head of Education and Training and one of the architects of the new standards, said: “We’re pleased to be supporting the Trailblazer programme. It commits ambulance trusts to a comprehensive training scheme for aspiring apprentices who may wish to consider a future career in emergency and urgent care.”
WMAS Chief Executive Anthony Marsh, said: “I’m delighted that the ambulance service is playing a leading part in the government’s programme to reform apprenticeships. This programme will ensure apprentices get a thorough introduction to the ambulance service and it should prove an influential starting point for those with aspirations of a career in emergency medicine.”