A career in the armed forces or the blue light public services is for anyone who cares about others, wants variety and a new challenge every day. Working with people to help keep them safe, happy and healthy is the driver for public servants and provides opportunity for careers locally, nationally and around the world.
Fire service officers co-ordinate and participate in firefighting activities, provide emergency services in the event of accidents or bomb alerts, and advise on fire prevention.
Workers in this area are full-time members of the armed forces of the UK, the Commonwealth and other foreign countries and perform military duties for which there is no civilian equivalent.
Paramedics provide first aid and life support treatment in emergency situations and transport sick and injured people who require skilled treatment.
Police officers (Sergeant and below) co-ordinate and undertake the investigation of crimes, patrol public areas, arrest offenders and suspects and enforce law and order. Officers of the British Transport Police operate within the specialised police service for the railway network across Britain.
Prison service officers (below principal officer) direct, co-ordinate and participate in guarding inmates and maintaining discipline in prisons and other detention centres.
Fire officers plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the activities and resources of a specific physical or functional area of a statutory or private fire brigade/service and the resources necessary for the protection of property at fires within a salvage corps area. Ambulance officers plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the resources necessary for the provision of ambulance services. Prison officers (principal officer and above) plan, organise, direct, and co-ordinate the activities and resources necessary for the running of a prison, remand or detention centre. Customs officers plan and direct the work of customs, excise and immigration staff in the monitoring and inspection of goods and persons crossing national borders.
Air traffic controllers prepare flight plans, authorise flight departures and arrivals and maintain radio, radar and/or visual contact with aircraft to ensure the safe movement of air traffic.
Ambulance staff transport sick, injured and convalescent persons and give first aid treatment in emergencies.
Officers in armed forces serve as commissioned officers in Her Majesty’s armed forces, foreign and Commonwealth armed forces; plan, direct, organise and administer military operations; and perform duties for which there is no civilian equivalent.
Police community support officers support the local police force by patrolling the streets to provide a visible and reassuring presence and to tackle a range of crime and disorder problems. They are also attached to the British Transport Police who operate the specialised police service for the railway network across Britain.
Probation officers work to rehabilitate offenders. They supervise, counsel and help them before trial, during any prison or community sentence and on release from prison.
Senior police officers plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the resources and activities of a specific geographical or functional area of generalised or specialised police work. Senior officers of the British Transport Police direct the specialised police service for the railway network across Britain.
I was waiting for basic training and the motivation the Uniformed Services (Military Academy) Diploma gave me was a lot more than I could do myself. I've been pushed further physically and mentally than I ever thought possible. We do military preparation with an acting sergeant plus kayaking, rock climbing, abseiling: things I'd never have done outside of this course. Our tutor was in the forces for over 20 years, the acting sergeant is still serving and the people who come in and assess us are all serving military personnel, a massive bonus over other courses.
The course is perfect for anyone joining the forces. You will get a lot of knowledge and opportunities you would not get elsewhere.
I want to be a Police officer and the Public Services (Uniformed) Extended Diploma is a good course for me. The physical side is good, we do a lot of fitness and practical work that will give me a good level of skills to pass the entry requirements for the police force. The location here is good, we're in a nice part of the country, lovely views, basically it's in the middle of nowhere so you can go off and be quiet to do your work. It's really good.