Former public services student secures apprenticeship with Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service

A former Warrington Collegiate student is one step closer to her dream of becoming a firefighter after securing an apprenticeship with Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service.

Working as a fire and community safety apprentice, Rachael Main is responsible for carrying out home safety checks. She will be offered a full-time job as a firefighter at the end of her apprenticeship.

The former Beamont Collegiate Academy pupil, who studied public services at the Winwick Road campus, started her apprenticeship with the Princes Trust on a 12-week volunteer programme, before starting the paid apprenticeship in December.

Racheal, from Orford, said: “The public services course at the college helped me to gain the confidence and discipline I need to succeed in my apprenticeship. The course improved my fitness massively which was really important as I had to complete the fire service’s fitness test on joining.

“My ultimate goal is to become a firefighter and without my time at Warrington Collegiate and my role as a fire cadet, I wouldn’t have had this opportunity.”

Rachael, who spent five years as a fire cadet before becoming one of the first apprentices to be hired by the fire service, added: “I would absolutely recommend the public services course at Warrington Collegiate. Studying here helped me to get my apprenticeship and now I’m taking part in so much training. I’m confident I’ll be able to reach my dream of becoming a firefighter, thanks to everything I learned here.”