Students learn the ropes at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Students on work experience with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Public Services students from Bradford College gained a valuable insight into the work of West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) during a week-long work placement.

The Bradford College contingent was among 25 students from colleges across the county who spent the week taking part in exercises to build teamwork and communication skills as well as first aid skills.

Twenty of the youngsters are on public services courses that prepare students for a career in uniformed services – from the Fire Service to Police, Paramedics and the Armed Forces.

Public Services students on work experience at WYFRS

After a day at WYFRS Headquarters in Birkenshaw, the teenagers spent time at stations at the five districts across West Yorkshire, where fire crews got them involved in a range of exciting activities and drills including road traffic collision (RTC) mock-up demonstrations as well as pretend water rescue scenarios.

They also got to see the equipment used in firefighting including breathing apparatus and a host of different rescue equipment on fire engines.

Public Services students on work experience at WYFRS

Students taking part in a mock water rescue

The young people also learned about the variety of other departments based at Headquarters, including transport, IT, finance and human resources.

Assistant HR Manager, Joanne Hardcastle said: “This is a great opportunity for the Service to support and develop young people within our communities and improve their key skills and employability opportunities.

“Equally, it is an opportunity for us to engage early with young people with an interest in the Fire Service as a future career, including young women and young people from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds where the operational side of the Service is currently under-represented.”

Public Services students on work experience at WYFRS

Students from Bradford College and other colleges on work experience with WYFRS

Conrad Williams, Public Services tutor at Bradford College, said: “This was a fabulous opportunity for our students who aspire to have a career in the uniformed services to gain some hugely valuable hands-on experiences. As well as developing their leadership and teamwork skills, the placement has offered them a real insight into what it takes to work in the Fire Service.

“Quality work experiences complement what is taught in the classroom and are a key way in which, as a College, we can help students get ready for employment and progress into their chosen career.”