A determined Solihull teenager has ensured her desire to join the fire service is one step closer after a speculative email resulted in a work placement.
Lucy Lovatt, from Chelmsley Wood, is currently on study programme – a voluntary course designed to improve maths and employability skills delivered by Pertemps People Development Group (PPDG) in north Solihull.
The 17-year-old was so keen to realise her dreams of becoming a firefighter that she asked for work experience with West Midlands Fire Service and is now spending five months with it. She will be undertaking varying roles including learning about fire risk reduction, helping with marketing and media relations and seeing how Green Watch fits smoke alarms for the public.
Lucy said: “The study programme is helping me attain better grades, particularly in maths, so I have a greater chance of reaching my goal of joining the fire service.
“But I’ve also learned the importance of teamwork, punctuality at work, being responsible for the safety of others and even dressing to impress. This is an incredible opportunity and I’m so grateful for all the support.”
Having learned so much from the West Midlands Fire Service team, Lucy has now been spurred on to the top of her class with PPDG. Michael Bryan, the station’s youth engagement officer, added: “Lucy is shadowing the crews and helping to spread the fire safety message.
“The watches particularly admire the enthusiasm she brings to the role.”
As a thank you for supporting Lucy, PPDG has also made a £300 donation from its payroll giving scheme, whereby employees give to local good causes.
The donation will help WMFS reinvest in additional youth activities so that similar invitations may hopefully be extended to other unemployed young teenagers in the future in order to gain them valuable work experience.