Academic boost with Fire Service degree. (Training and Education).

Pubic service agencies, including the Fire Service, will soon be able to recruit graduate entrants as Anglia Polytechnic University (APU) in Cambridge is running the Public Service Degree. The degree is aimed at people who wish to join any of the uniformed public services including the police, prison, customs and excise, fire and ambulance services, and the military.

Government policy on increasing the academic capital of those working in the public services is supported in all modules of the new degree, as is the commitment to increasing equality and cultural diversity. It is also suitable for people already working in the uniformed services and two members of the Fire Service are currently taking the degree part-time.

The main advantage for emergency services such as the Fire Service is that those wishing to improve their academic capital at degree level do not need to take a degree in an unrelated academic field. "Too often in the past prospective public servants and those currently serving have had to look at less related topics", said Dr Dave Baigent, the academic (and ex firefighter) responsible for the running of the degree at APU. …

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