Michael, Community Safety Apprentice

After leaving sixth form, Michael worked in a number of different jobs, ranging from in supermarkets, bars and events work, before joining MFRS as a Community Safety Apprentice.

As an MFRS apprentice I get the opportunity to see the inner workings of prevention as well as the whole fire service. On top of this, I am working towards gaining my community safety qualification. My role is to assist advocates on home fire safety checks and learn the role of an advocate. I have gained an abundance of new skills to a much greater extent than I first imagined. Working with some challenging and vulnerable people every day has massively developed my social skills as well as professional skills. I have also gained some cherished relationships in my time as an apprentice.

I decided to go for the apprenticeship as I knew it would give me experience in the fire service which I could on my CV. I view the chance to work in MFRS as an honour so jumped at the chance. The more qualifications I have the better and with the qualification being relevant to the career I want, it was the perfect choice.