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London Ambulance Service and Inclusive Response programme apprenticeship


Starting salary: £29,460

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shift patterns of 6am-6pm, 2pm-2am, 6pm-6am, 4 days on duty and 5 days off duty

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London Ambulance Service and Inclusive Response programme apprenticeship

This vacancy is for consideration onto the OLIR programme. Once successfully completed, an interview is guaranteed for the Assistant Ambulance Practitioner (AAP) apprenticeship.

Step 1: The pre-apprenticeship OLIR course

Essential criteria for the OLIR course:

  • Must be 18+ years old
  • Must hold a full clean UK driver licence
  • Must have right to work in the UK or proof of right to work
  • Must be in receipt of universal credit or unemployment benefit; Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance (all categories). Unfortunately those on Restart are unable to apply
  • Must live at a London postcode
  • Must have GCSE English and Maths A-C Grades or equivalent

Support can be arranged to achieve your Functional skills Level 2 qualification

Course details:

  • All training is delivered at Newham Dockside Education Centre, E16 2QU
  • The course will be Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm
  • The course is unpaid and runs for four weeks
  • The course does not affect eligibility for benefits
  • The course runs a new cohort every month
  • Any travel and childcare fees during the course will be reimbursed by London Ambulance Service – evidence will be required

Step 2: The AAP apprenticeship

Essential criteria for the apprenticeship:

  • Successful completion of pre-apprenticeship OLIR course and a successful interview
  • Must hold a full licence, valid in the UK with no more than 3 points
  • Must also hold a C1 provisional category (support to achieve this available via LAS)
  • A medical examination is required for the C1 provisional, LAS can refer individuals to a private GP who charges approximately £55 for this service (paid for by individual)
  • No previous convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol / drugs

Course details:

  • Starting salary: £29,460
  • The qualification is Level 3 Ambulance Support Worker Apprenticeship
  • The apprenticeship is 15 months in duration but can be achieved in 13 months
  • The apprenticeship starts every other month run directly by NHS training
  • Training can be Newham (Dockside Education Centre) or (Brentford Brentside Education Centre)
  • The apprenticeship starts with an initial 13 weeks class-based learning, Monday - Friday 9am – 5pm
  • Following this, practical ‘blue light’ training alongside a paramedic on shift patterns of 6am-6pm, 2pm-2am, 6pm-6am
  • The shifts follows 4 days on duty and 5 days off duty, covering 7 days a week

Information about LAS and the OLIR course

The LAS are the capital’s emergency and urgent care responders. We are the world's busiest emergency ambulance service and the largest ambulance service in the UK, serving the city’s nine million residents as well as those who visit from other parts of the UK and abroad. Each year we receive more than two million emergency 999 calls and two million urgent 111 calls. We provide care to a million patients face-to-face at the scene and treat 180,000 people over the phone.

We want to ensure that our frontline roles reflect the diversity of all of the communities we serve, and this 4 week programme will give you the opportunity to not only gain valuable work experience observing and shadowing our colleagues on our ambulances and in our 999 and 111 call centres, but will also help you develop employability skills and key life-saving skills. Our dedicated programme staff will support you through the 4 week programme, which will also include the delivery of Level 2 Functional Skills in English & Maths to help support your career and progression with us in the LAS.

Person specification for the Assistant Ambulance Practitioner – if successful following course and interview

As an AAP you will deliver emergency and urgent care to a wide range of patients. Where appropriate, you will assess and treat patients at the point of contact or refer them onto another healthcare provider in conjunction with other ambulance clinicians. When necessary you will transport them to treatment centres, hospitals and emergency departments, according to their needs.


  • Ability to handle stressful/sensitive situations with tact, diplomacy and assertiveness
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Potential and willingness for personal change with the ability and commitment to learn new skills
  • Ability to interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety issues

Personal Abilities:

  • Understanding of the nature of the work involved and the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust (LAS)
  • Must be able to undertake rotating shifts covering 24 hours a day, including shift changes at short notice in line with the current arrangements
  • Understand the need for service policies and procedures

Benefits to working for London Ambulance Service:

  • Competitive annual leave package
  • NHS Pension Scheme
  • Emergency service discount
  • Funding for C1 theory & practical test
  • Access to comprehensive welfare support
  • Working for a diverse organisation
  • Car Lease Scheme

This is a live rolling vacancy so there is no set closing date. There is a new cohort entry every month for the OLIR pre-apprenticeship course. The AAT apprenticeship starts every other month.

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