New and specialist courses have arrived at a Devon college to train today’s young people to become tomorrow’s police officers, paramedics and fire fighters.
The emergency services sector is fast paced and exhilarating, but with Brexit looming there is an emphasis on training enough young people ready to take on these vital roles within the South West.
Bicton College, situated in East Budleigh, Devon, is taking the bull by the horns and has introduced new training programmes which prepare young people for careers with the police, ambulance service, fire and rescue service and in emergency planning.
The range of job opportunities in the emergency services is vast, from being a dog handler for the police to being a paramedic or working as a firefighter, according to Mike Rose, Programme Manager for the new FdSc and the BSC (Hons) programmes at Bicton College.
“Introducing the Rescue course as well as a brand new BSc to Bicton provides exciting opportunities for those wanting to pursue a great career in the emergency sector,” he explained.
“We only need to see the recurring news reports of terrorist atrocities and natural disasters to appreciate the very real need for these courses, and the fantastic students of all ages that want to join the sector and make a positive impact are learning from industry experts at Bicton.”
The FdSc Rescue and Emergency Management course began with a firefighting module, where students practiced with fire hoses and fire drills in full firefighting uniform to give a real taste of life as a firefighter.
This will be followed by other modules including two paramedic-taught modules, rope and water rescue and others including how to prepare for and manage major emergencies and disasters.
“These students are all seeking a future career within the Emergency and/or Public Sector so exposure to all these elements is fantastic experience and will help the students to make career and life decisions,” Mike added.
The other new course available is the BSc (Hons) Emergency Sector Management and Interoperability. Interoperability is the ability of military equipment or groups to operate in conjunction with each other. The first ever cohort for this ground-breaking and innovative BSc (Hons) have now started their top up year.
The course provides an automatic progression route from the Group’s Foundation Degrees in Rescue and Emergency Management, Police Studies and Public Sector Leadership and Management. Students on this course will be studying counter terrorism, interoperability, risks threats, health & safety, people and workforce management as well as completing industry focused dissertations.
To find out more about the range of Military and Public Services courses available at Bicton College visit www.bicton.ac.uk or call 0845 60 50 455.