Former uniformed public services student Dylan McFaulds
“I can’t believe how much I’ve achieved and how far I’ve come in just four years ,” says 20-year-old Dylan McFaulds who is in his final year of a BSc in Fire and Leadership Studies at the University of Central Lancashire.
“I’d always wanted to work in public services so signed up for the two-year Level 2 extended diploma in public services at the college when I left school at 16 and, whilst the majority of other students on the course wanted to go into the police or army, something about the fire service ‘just clicked’ and I knew that that was where I wanted my future career to be.
“The course taught me communication, presentation, team work and leadership skills, as well as the important things I’d need to include in my university application, and the tutor on the course was really supportive and encouraged me to be the best that I could be.
“Studying at degree level was a big step up from college but it has led to so many opportunities – I’ve been to Zimbabwe to train firefighters there on the use of different types of equipment and I’ve now got the skills and training of a recruit firefighter so can start applying for jobs in Fire and Rescue Services across the country.”