A former Bury College student is providing life-saving care to the public as he undergoes his training with the ambulance service.

Lewis Fouracre is currently working with the North West Ambulance Service where he has been appointed as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT1). The 21 year old started with the trust in July and is in the process of completing a yearlong training programme named the Associate Ambulance Practitioner. This is a qualification which is recognised across the country, and holds the equivalent of a year of a degree in BSc (Hons) Paramedic Practice

The former St Monica’s RC High School pupil is enjoying being out on the road where he is responding to a wide range of 999 calls. Lewis said, “I like the unpredictability of my job and knowing that every day is a new challenge. It is a really rewarding job and requires me to think on the spot.”

Lewis studied at Bury College between 2012-2014 where he achieved triple distinction star in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Cadet Scheme). From there Lewis undertook the position of a Radiology Assistant at Manchester Royal Infirmary for two years assisting with a multitude of clinical interventional procedures.

When reflecting on his time at Bury College, Lewis said, “My time at college was really good. I spent two days a week out on placement which varied from working on wards to A&E placements. During my placements I covered clinical observations, basic patient care and built on my communication skills with patients. These placements were a real eye opener to the industry that I was going into and gave me a hands-on approach to my studies.”

The Bury College Cadet Scheme provides learners with the underpinning knowledge to progress directly into industry. Learners gain a range employability skills including how to work as part of a team, but how to also make decisions and use initiative. These skills enable learners to embark on careers within all branches of nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, radiography and physiotherapy.

Lewis, who is originally from Radcliffe, but now lives in Tameside, works a wide range of shifts including 12 hour days and nights and also weekends. Although the job can be challenging, Lewis is proud to be working towards his ambition.

Lewis added, “Even before I enrolled at Bury College I knew I wanted to work in the ambulance service. I was so happy when they rang me to tell me that I had secured a job with them! My family are really proud of me.”

Jo Haslam, Curriculum Manager for Health and Social Care and Animal Care at Bury College commented, “It's great to see our students achieve their childhood career goals. The Health and Care courses at Bury College allow students to gain an insight into what is needed for a career within a care profession. I wish Lewis all the best with his future with the North West Ambulance Service, his determination throughout his time with us, was rewarded with the highest grades possible and allowed him to pursue his dream career.”

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