Studying for a firefighting apprenticeship gives you the chance to help people. Be part of a service that is dedicated to making society safer. The apprenticeship is designed to give you all the necessary firefighting skills that will help you succeed in the fire and rescue service.   

Therethe opportunity to improve your knowledge about fire safety and medical techniques. Learn how to control and combat different types of fire. Discover how to safely use firefighting equipment such as hoses, ladders and personal protection equipment. Enhance your fire investigation skills by learning how to assess damage.    

Scotland’s firefighting industry provides a range of jobs. Work as a firefighter and help to rescue people from burning buildings. Develop specialist knowledge in fire safety and become a fire training officer.

What's the qualification?

You will gain an emergency fire service qualification at SCQF level 7The qualification includes: 


  • Core units of aSVQ in emergency fire service at SCQF level 7 
  • Work experience designed to increase your knowledge of a dynamic industry   

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

During your apprenticeship, you'll learn how to:   

  • Take responsibility for effective performance in fire and rescue 
  • Search for, rescue and support endangered life 
  • Resolve fire and rescue operational incidents 
  • Support the development of colleagues in fire and rescue 
  • Contribute to fire safety solutions to minimise risks 
  • Drive fire and rescue service vehicles   

You will develop the following core skills:   

  • Problem-solving  
  • Communication  
  • Teamwork   
  • Time management   

These transferrable skills are useful for working in other roles like fire investigation and command support.  

Where could it take me?

This Modern Apprenticeship gives you a range of options. Carry on your studies with a fire safety degree or go into full-time work.  

Further education: Apply for a higher qualification such as a bachelor’s degree in fire investigation. Your experience will support your university application.   

Straight to work: Use your qualifications and find a job in the firefighting sectorSeveral jobs are listed below:

  • Firefighter   
  • Fire safety officer  
  • Fire services engineer 
  • Emergency fire crew driver 
  • Fire engineer   

Entry requirements

Due to the nature of the role, apprentices must be 18 years old to apply.  The selection process is made up of seven stages:  

  • Application 
  • First psychometric assessment 
  • Second psychometric assessment 
  • Fitness assessment 
  • Practical selection testing 
  • Interview  
  • Conditional offer


The apprenticeship will take 3 years to complete.  

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