Unique work placements with Birmingham's police, fire and council
Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Fire Service and West
Midlands Police have teamed up with South and City College and are
looking for 15 young people to take part in a unique three month
work experience placement that will help them get their foot on the
The traineeship scheme is aimed at young people in the West
Midlands to help develop their skills and provide valuable work
experience to support them at the start of their working
Each trainee will spend four weeks working with the council,
police and fire service in clerical assistant roles. They will work
alongside experienced professionals building their confidence and
learning about supporting these important public services.
They will also attend college one day a week to improve their
English and maths, communication skills and other key skills
employers look for in candidates.
At the end of the unpaid traineeship, the trainees will be
guaranteed an interview for a number of full time paid
apprenticeship jobs that are available in the services, which may
be the start of a long career in these highly respected regional
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said:
"As Police and Crime Commissioner, I want to see a focus on
economic development. By reducing crime and the fear of crime, we
can build confidence and help create jobs. West Midlands Police as
an employer can also play its part. I wholeheartedly support this
joint scheme from the police, fire service, council and college,
which, through the apprenticeships programme, will give young
people the skills and opportunities to get them started in the
Mohammed Nabeel, aged 18, from Sparkhill will be applying for
the opportunity. He said: "I have tried to get jobs but it is hard
because employers are looking for people with experience.
"It can be disheartening but I realised I just needed to find a
different way to achieve my goal, that's why I am excited about
this traineeship opportunity. Although it is unpaid for three
months, if I get it it'll give me the opportunity to have an
interview for the apprenticeship I'd like. That would be a step
closer to my dream of running my own business one day."
Cllr Muhammad Afzal, Chairman of Birmingham City Council's
Employment and Human Resources Committee says: "This is an
innovative and exciting scheme, and I hope that it will be expanded
further. As the lead member for supporting and encouraging work
placements, Traineeships and Apprenticeship opportunities within
the Council, I am delighted that we are working with our key
partners to combine resources and expertise to provide good quality
support to our young people, and to enable them to progress."
Joanne Simmonds, HR Manager for West Midlands Fire Service said:
"We are very much looking forward to working with South and City
College and our colleagues at West Midlands Police and Birmingham
City Council, to introduce this excellent traineeship opportunity.
Traineeships not only give young people the chance to experience
the world of work, they also give us the opportunity to tap into a
wealth of talent which otherwise may remain undiscovered.
"We see this opportunity as the chance to introduce young people
to some of the roles which support our frontline Firefighters and
to consider the wide range of career paths available with West
Midlands Fire Service for a career of choice for the future."
Mike Hopkins from South and City College said: "This is an
excellent opportunity for young people in Birmingham.
"Traineeships offer a really exclusive opportunity for those who
have limited experience in the workplace and little in the way of
qualifications to get the experience, skills and confidence they
need to get a job. We have seen them be really successful and think
this scheme will be incredibly beneficial to 15 young people in the
Mia Bye, 16, from Sutton Coldfield said: "I have applied for the
traineeship and I am really excited about the opportunity. I would
like to be a firefighter but you have to be 17 and a half to apply
so I have some time before then. This is the perfect opportunity
for me learn about working in the public services.
"I think traineeships are good because they are training and
prepping you for a job in that organisation. It is hard for people
my age to get jobs. I have applied for jobs but not been successful
- it is hard getting passed that interview stage."
The traineeship is open to 16-24 year olds, who are currently
unemployed, have little or no work experience and are qualified
below level 3 (if 16-18) or have not yet achieved a full level 2
(if aged 19-24).
To find out more and to apply, visit
Applications for the traineeship close on Monday 22 September
Pictured(From left to right): Iram Maroof from South and City
College, Mohammed Nabeel - a traineeship applicant, David Jamieson
- West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, Sara Hall - positive
action coordinator for West Midlands Fire Service and Mia Bye - an
applicant for the traineeship.