Modern Apprenticeship


What's Firefighting like?

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.   

There’s the 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.

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

How does it work?

You’ll learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. You’ll also study with a college or another learning provider. 

How long will it take?

The apprenticeship will take 3 years to complete.  

How to apply

Use the 'Find vacancies near you' search at the end of this page to look for vacancies, then you can apply online.

You'll apply on or the company’s own website – there are details on the vacancy advert.

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