What people say about the High Potential Development Scheme

Luke Spencer completed his degree in 2017 through the High Potential Development Scheme with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and is currently a wholetime operational firefighter.

He said:  "Becoming a High Potential Development student whilst I was in university was a very proud moment for me and gave me a clear end goal to work towards once I had graduated. Knowing that I needed to achieve at least a 2:1 degree to have any chance of securing my place on the High Potential Development Scheme and a job as an operational firefighter gave me added determination to succeed.

"During my Summer breaks I had the opportunity to go and work for CFRS on a paid internship, where I spent time within different departments to gain an understanding of how the organisation works. I was also given operational training, exposure to a wide range of experiences and additional qualifications that helped to develop my skill set along the way. Since being on the scheme I have had to work extremely hard to get to where I am now but I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every minute of it.

"The support I have received from CFRS throughout the process has been fantastic and I feel that the time invested in me is enabling me to reach my potential. I am currently a wholetime operational firefighter looking towards the next step of hopefully being promoted to a crew manager and I am excited to see what the future holds for me".

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