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Barking & Dagenham College becomes first to train paramedics

Ambulance apprentice Jamie Brough with tutor Poojah Kaur (Credit: Barking and Dagenham College)

People who want to start a career in front line emergency ambulance services can now train at Barking and Dagenham College’s Rush Green campus.

The college has partnered with MediPro to provide courses that will upskill existing members of the ambulance service and train new candidates who want to enter the profession.

The courses on offer include apprenticeships as well as other specialist qualifications in remote medical sectors.

Students will be able to learn in a specialised skills room and practise within an ambulance which is now permanently based at the college. When the skills room is complete it will have hyper-realistic resuscitation dummies and a mock hospital bay.

They will also take part in real-life simulations including rescues from vehicles involving the fire brigade.

Ambulance apprentice Jamie Brough being trained (Credit: Barking and Dagenham College)

Jamie Brough is one of the first students to study for her apprenticeship at the college.

She said: “I started my MediPro journey in February 2022; I was nervous coming back to education after 10 years of working as well as having the previous year off on maternity leave.

“I instantly felt at ease with my tutors, they were approachable and knowledgeable, and I was excited for the coming months. Although I’m now working for London Ambulance Service, I still have regular contact with my tutors and Medipro as I complete my apprenticeship.

“If I ever feel like I need support in my coursework I know that Medipro are there to help me no matter my query. I have learnt so much already from my time with Medipro, and I feel confident in my ability to progress and achieve my dream career.”

MediPro have existed for 12 years and are the only non-university provider for education that leads to HCPC Paramedic registration. Their clients include London ambulance and East of England ambulance.

Barking and Dagenham College will serve as their south of England base and they are expecting to attract people from across the region to the specialised courses.

Kirsty Wharton, head of apprenticeships at MediPro, added: “It has always been our ambition to have a site in the capital, since we have students that come to us from London but also who fly in from around the world.

“This partnership with the College, will ensure that we can offer ambulance, Paramedic and Post-graduate medical courses to a wider audience.

“Our aim is to have a realistic and enjoyable learning experience that will equip the students to have a successful career caring for and saving the lives of the people of London.”

People can find more information about the course online here.

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