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Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service launches second Summer Internship Scheme

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is seeking motivated young people from ethnic backgrounds that are currently under-represented within the workforce, to take part in its paid Summer Internship Scheme.

The scheme, aimed at 16 and 17 year olds from Berkshire, is aimed at encouraging people who may not have considered a career in the Fire and Rescue sector to explore some of the many roles available to them.

Each intern will have the opportunity to gain valuable real-world work experience and transferable skills that they can take with them into their future careers or academic pursuits. Over the course of a five week period, interns will take part in learning and development workshops to enhance their skills, as well as visits to fire stations across the county.

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Councillor Paul Gittings, Chair of Royal Berkshire Fire Authority, said: “The Summer Internship Scheme is an exciting opportunity that provides young people the chance to meet new people, develop new skills and enhance their future prospects in a supportive work environment.”

“As a Service, we remain committed to engaging with young people in our communities and developing an inclusive culture where all are welcome. We look forward to welcoming our new interns in the near future.”

As part of the scheme, which will run between Thursday, 13 July and Friday, 18 August, each intern will be paid an hourly wage. To qualify for the internship, applicants must live in Berkshire, be between the ages of 16 and 17 years old, and come from an ethnic group that is under-represented in Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Abdifatar Hassan, a previous intern, said: “Interning at RBFRS not only provided me with invaluable skills and an understanding of the service’s functions, but also helped me discover my potential and navigate my career path towards unexpected opportunities.

The experience has equipped me with skills that will undoubtedly benefit me in any future career I pursue.”

To find out more information on the internship, the eligibility criteria or how to apply, visit the portal on the RBFRS website.