A YOUNG apprentice has become the first in Greater Manchester
Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) to land a permanent job with the
22-year-old Will Hartley from Blackley joined GMFRS as one of 12
Community Safety Apprentices last September in what was one of the
first apprenticeship schemes of its kind in the UK.
He said: "My apprenticeship really helped me when it came to my
application and I'm delighted to have landed a job as a Community
Safety Support Officer in Bolton."
Like all the GMFRS Apprentices Will came into contact with the
Service through one of the varied programmes it runs for young
He said: "I was given a great opportunity to join a Prince's
Trust 12 week course at Manchester Central Fire Station.
"Shortly after completing the course I received an email
inviting me to apply for the Community Safety Advisor
Apprenticeship and I jumped at the opportunity."
Will began his apprenticeship at Manchester Central Fire Station
where he was mentored by community safety advisors and taught about
He said: "After a short while I was already making strong
partnerships with the community safety advisors, working with them
day in day out.
"I have been able to work, not only within my team, but I was
shown the trust and freedom to develop my own ideas, which allowed
me to grow as an individual within the organisation.
"I am looking forward to starting my new job in Bolton and
facing new challenges. I know the rest of the apprentices have what
it takes to gain further employment and I wish each one of them the
best of luck."
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority,
Councillor David Acton, said: "I'd like to congratulate Will on his
new job - I'm sure he'll be a great success.
"Will's story shows if you give young people a chance to be
successful often they will work hard and take it.
"We're planning to take on 29 more apprentices in the future and
we've developed a pathway to give all the young people we engage
with the skills to be successful at work - so I'm sure there will
be many more success stories like Will's in the future."