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Introduction To Ambulance Support Worker And Paramedic Degree Apprenticeship Standards

So, it’s no more school or full time study for you. No. You have decided that you want to be out there in the world of work rather than in the classroom. But you want a job that is rewarding and meaningful where you have room to grow whilst also making a real difference to people’s lives.

The types of jobs out there where you can have a direct impact on people’s lives are plentiful. If you are the type of person who would thrive from being on the front line, helping people with injuries and illness, sometimes in life threatening situations, then you could well make a fantastic ambulance support worker or even a paramedic.


How do you train to become a paramedic?
To make sure you get the best training possible and to make sure you achieve nationally recognised qualifications, there are now two types of Apprenticeship Standards you can do, depending on the level you want to work at. If you have always thought about how to become an ambulance driver, there is an Ambulance Support Worker (Emergency, Urgent and Non-Urgent) Apprenticeship Standard. And for those of you who are wondering how to become a paramedic, well now you can do a Paramedic Apprenticeship.

Whichever career you are looking to embark upon, ambulance jobs or paramedic jobs, you can be assured that you will earn while you learn and come out of your Apprenticeship programme armed with all the necessary experience and qualifications to carry out such an important and vital role to the best of your ability.

Let’s take a look at how these two Apprenticeship Standards work. If you haven’t decided which route you want to take, these outlines should give you a bit more of an idea. Both Apprenticeship Standards have been designed by NHS Ambulance Trusts from different areas around the country. These are the guys who really know about the skills you need to ensure the future of the ambulance services is in good hands.

How Do Ambulance Support Worker Apprenticeship Standards Work?
Ambulance Support Worker Apprenticeships are for those of you who primarily want to become an ambulance driver. Ambulance jobs mean you will be working in both emergency and non emergency situations, transporting those with health problems to hospitals and other health facilities. Depending on the health status of your patients, you could be working as part of a team that will also include paramedics, or you might be working alone.

Whatever the case, Ambulance Support Worker Apprenticeships will make sure you are given the full training to carry out your role. As well as patient care, you will also learn how to manage your manage your ambulance and build up the skills to drive safely at high speeds during an emergency.

These ambulance Apprenticeships will give you the opportunity to work in a variety of settings - both indoors and outdoors - and you will also experience emergency situations and learn how to respond to those. Doing ambulance driver jobs of this nature also means you will learn a basic level of life saving techniques.

Ambulance jobs are not for everyone. As well as learning specific skills, you must also have particular traits that can make you successful in your role. Ambulance drivers are often working in stressful and pressured situations and you must be able to remain calm and professional in these situations. For ambulance Apprenticeships, employers will be looking for you to be:
  • Caring - As well as providing transport and, sometimes, healthcare to patients, a caring personality is also a part of your role in ambulance jobs.
  • Compassionate - showing empathy with both patient and those surrounding the patient.
  • Honest - Ambulance job will see you working on different premises and patients can also often be carrying valuables.
  • Conscientious - ambulance drivers must be fully alert and on task at all times.
  • Committed - Ambulance jobs can be very demanding with varying shift patterns and emergency situations. You need to be committed to the role to be able to carry it out safely.
  • Resilient - Ambulance jobs mean you must be able to move onto the next duty when needed, whatever emergency has happened previously.
  • Responsible - You will develop leadership and supervisory skills during ambulance Apprenticeships so that you can supervise more junior members of the team in the future.
How Do Paramedic Apprenticeships Work?
If working in the health sector is what you are looking to do and you were wondering about how to become a paramedic, then Paramedic Apprenticeships are going to be ideal for you. Paramedic Apprenticeships equip you with the skills and knowledge to work independently and to carry out your role to the highest standards.

After you have completed your paramedic training, you will be able to work in a whole variety of settings. Paramedic jobs are so much more than just NHS ambulance jobs. In some situations, you could be on the frontline, working with ambulance teams and using your medical knowledge to treat patients.

In other situations, however, Paramedic Apprenticeships will equip you to work in other settings, providing emergency care. As well as doing ambulance jobs, as a paramedic, you could also be working in GPs’ surgeries, medical centres and also be a point of contact for remote medicine.

Paramedic jobs are highly responsible roles as you will be qualified to diagnose illnesses and injuries and administer treatment for these. Where relevant, you will also be qualified to discharge patients once you think they have overcome their illness or injury. Other traits employers will look for when applying for Paramedic Apprenticeships are:
  • Commitment: A commitment to your role in making sure you are always providing a high standard of care and also a commitment to keeping yourself up to date with latest developments in your profession.
  • Compassion: Being compassionate with both your patient and also worried family or friends.
  • Leadership qualities: Paramedic jobs mean you will often be working as a team and you will be the senior member of that team.
  • Supportive: As new people take on paramedic jobs, you will be looked upon to support and mentor those people to help them reach the highest standards.
Ambulance Support Worker Apprenticeship Standard - Qualifications
The Ambulance Support Worker Apprenticeship Standard is a Level 3 Apprenticeship and it will take you between 13 and 18 months to complete the programme.

Depending on the route you take for Ambulance Support Worker Apprenticeship Standards, the Level 3 qualifications for ambulance Apprenticeships are:
  • Level 3 Diploma in Ambulance Emergency & Urgent Care Support OR
  • Level 3 Certificate in Ambulance Patient Care
  • All Apprentices looking to become an ambulance driver will also need to achieve Level 3 in Ambulance Driving
If you haven’t already achieved this, you will need to have at least Level 2 Maths and English before completing the programme. For those of you with a British Sign Language qualification, if this is your primary form of communication, this is an alternative to the English qualification requirement.

Other requirements for those of you looking to become an ambulance driver are:
  • Full GB driving licence for the class of vehicle you are driving
  • You will also need to take a fitness test and organisational interview
Paramedic Degree Apprenticeship Standard - Paramedic Qualifications
As you can see from the title, the Paramedic Degree Apprenticeship Standard means that once you have completed the programme, your paramedic qualifications will be at honours degree level.

The Paramedic Degree Apprenticeship Standard is a Level 6 Apprenticeship. After completing the programme and receiving your BSc Hons degree, you will also be eligible to apply to the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) for registration as a paramedic.

Other requirements that need to be fulfilled for the Paramedic Apprenticeship programme are:
  • Level 2 English and Maths if you haven’t already achieved this.
  • Enhanced disclosure and Barring Service - you will need to do this before beginning your paramedic training. This is necessary because you will be dealing with adults and children and they will often be in a vulnerable position.
  • Occupational Health screening. This is to make sure you are fit to carry out your paramedic job safely and effectively and you might be advised on some lifestyle changes if you are at risk of developing any illnesses as a result of your lifestyle.
  • Because you will sometimes be doing frontline ambulance jobs, during your paramedic training, you will also be trained to drive safely at speed by doing an Emergency Response Ambulance Driving Course. When you have completed this, you will be awarded a Level 3 Certificate.

The Paramedic Degree Apprenticeship Standard is in the Health and Science Route of Apprenticeships. Paramedic training and achievement of the Standard will take around 36 months to complete.


Can you become a paramedic without a degree?

To become a paramedic you will need a degree, but you don’t necessarily need to go to university as you can obtain a degree through a Paramedic Degree Apprenticeship.

Further Career Progression After Ambulance Support Worker And Paramedic Apprenticeships
If you did the Ambulance Support Worker Apprenticeship Standard and have been ambulance jobs for a while, you might decide to take your career further by perhaps doing paramedic training.

Once you have completed your paramedic training by doing the Paramedic Degree Apprenticeship Standard, you can start to develop your career. As you gain more experience, paramedic jobs can increase in salary if you decide to become a team leader, for example. You might also become a specialist paramedic or emergency care practitioner. For some in paramedic jobs, they move into education and training or operations management. As you progress your career, you will gain an idea of where your strengths lie and choose roles accordingly.
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How do you get a paramedic apprenticeship?


So do you think you have got what it takes to do ambulance jobs and other types of paramedic jobs? If so, apply for Apprenticeships and know you are receiving high quality training and gaining all the necessary qualifications. You could soon be enjoying a dynamic and rewarding career. If you want to work in medical care but are not sure if paramedic jobs are for you, you could also consider Apprenticeships in Nursing.

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