Ask the apprentice - Jake Faulkner

Jake Faulkner is a degree apprentice and wholetime firefighter with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.

We asked Jake a few questions recently to find out how he finds being an apprentice with the organisation. Read what he said below:

Which apprenticeship programme are you doing?

I’m currently a firefighter at Warrington Fire Station and I’m a Degree Apprentice. This means that as well being a firefighter I’m also studying the BA (Hons) Chartered Business Management Degree at the University of Chester. This is alongside my firefighter role.

How did you get to become an apprentice on this programme? 

I went through an application and interview processes and was successful. The apprenticeship programme was open to staff that were employed by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) and is designed to help develop people in to new roles.

What is it like being an apprentice working for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service?

I feel well supported and have efficient time and resources which is provided by the Service to complete my studies.

What activities have you been doing in your off-the-job learning? 

I’ve attended various virtual lectures through the University of Chester. I’m also looking forward to upcoming projects and assignments which will be centred around my role as a wholetime firefighter.

What has been the best part of your apprenticeship so far?

I’m in the early stages of my degree apprenticeship still but already I feel I’ve gained the knowledge to help me in my role but just now and in the future.

How has being an apprenticeship helped you achieve your career goals, and what do you hope to do next?
I’ve been working full time alongside this apprenticeship and it has given me an insight into the world of management and what qualities I need to possess to be a successful manager in the future.

What tips do you have for anyone thinking about becoming an apprentice with CFRS?

Be prepared to work hard and manage your time effectively. I would highly recommend the programme I’m on to any of my colleagues who are already employed by CFRS and who want to move on to a management position within the Service in the future.

Last updated: Friday 05 February 2021

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