We are excited to announce we have ADDITIONAL openings for EMT Apprentices!
I had a job, and it was o.k., however I wanted a career. I wanted to work someplace that my advancement and progress was determined by my skill and abilities and not someone else's. I saw the online ad for Bennington Rescue's EMT program and I was intrigued. After the first day of class, I was not only inspired, I was hooked!
The educators at Bennington Rescue are second to none. They ensure that I have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to take care of my patients and save a life. That doesn't mean that it is easy, but when you graduate from Bennington Rescue's EMT program, you know you are ready to handle what the world throws at you.
After finishing my EMT class, I was offered a position as an EMT with Bennington Rescue. Since that time, I have never looked back. I continue to take courses to challenge myself and advance, in fact, I am working on increasing my certification level right now!
I am happy to work for a place that invests in their people. They know by that creating a professional environment, they are providing the best care for their patients.
If you are looking for a change like I was, or maybe starting something new then join me, trust me, it's worth it.
I am Rebecca. I am an EMT. If you need me, I hope to be the best part of your worst day.
Why an apprenticeship?
No prior training required!
Traditionally, someone interested in becoming an EMT would need to pay out of pocket to attend EMT training then look for a job... If you are looking for work or want to change careers, that kind of money or time off of work may not be accessible.
Apprentices solve this problem for the employee and employer. We hire the right candidates then we train them. There are no normal out-of-pocket costs for the students, plus you are employed with benefits!
The Bennington Rescue EMT apprenticeship is a registered apprenticeship with the Vermont Department of Labor.
How are apprentices paid?
An apprentice is a hired employee and paid for all hours at work for required training, clinical experiences, and the field training process. Like any other employee the apprentice receives biweekly paychecks.
As an apprentice meets objectives of the program, wages and benefits increase. Once an apprentice graduates the program, they make equivalent wages of an entry-level EMT and receive equivalent benefits for a new, full-time Bennington Rescue employee (For example: medical benefits are currently 70% employer paid for a single or family plan).
Example of the apprenticeship pay scale:
$12 per hour through initial education
$13 per hour after receiving VT EMS license
$14 per hour once in final phase of Field Training & Evaluation Program
$15 per hour when grauated from the EMT Apprenticeship Program
Would I make a good EMT?
Good EMT apprentice candidates have the ability to:
Be genuinely empathetic with others. We work with all populations, must be appreciative of many perspectives, and provide care without judgement.
Communicate well in spoken language, body language, and written form. There is a lot of communication & documentation in healthcare. The ability to speak, type, and submit accurate, comprehensive documentation is a must.
Calmly handle stressful situations and abrupt sensory stimulus. We experience loud/chaotic environments, flashing lights, strong sometimes foul odors, weather extremes, emotionally disturbing scenes and injuries, etc.
Work 8- or 12-hour shifts which include days, nights, weekends, and holidays. Sometimes all our time is spent caring for patients or driving.
Learn to safely operate complex equipment. This includes vehicles, medical equipment, and be attentive for alarms and other dangers.
what is the schedule like?
During apprenticeship, the schedule will vary.
Instruction phase: Orientation and EMT class will be typically 6-8 hour days on week days and weekends. Clinical experience shifts on the ambulance are typically 12 hours and hospital emegency department experience shifts are 8 hours. Clinical shifts may be days, afternoons, nights, and weekends
Field training phases: You will be partnered with a field training officer and work their schedule. This is typically three 12-hour shifts or two 12-hour shifts plus two 8-hour shifts each week. Again these may be days, nights, and will include mandatory weekend shifts.
After graduating apprenticeship, schedules typically are three 12-hour shifts or two 12-hour shifts plus two 8-hour shifts each week and may be days, nights, and will include mandatory weekend shifts.
What are the minimum requirements?
Eighteen years of age or older
High school diploma or graduation equivalent
Valid driver’s license, 2+ years of licensed driving, and driving record acceptable to Bennington Rescue insurance
Clear record on criminal background check (requirement to obtain and maintain a VT EMT license). If you have a concern about a background check issue, please contact us. Not everything on a background check exempts you from service. We can discuss your issue and put you in communication with the appropriate state officials.
After I become an EMT, what advancement opportunities do I have?
After practicing as an EMT, there are a variety of career paths. They all have different training and skill requirements, but all are attainable for dedicated individuals .
Critical Care Paramedic
Quality Improvement Specialist
Other related healthcare professions
What is the application process and timeline?
The application period for our EMT Apprenticeship program closes on March 31, 2019.
Complete an application and cover letter. A CV or resume is preferred but not required.
Submit the application and cover letter via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Application period: open through March 31, 2019
Interview days for selected applicants: April 15 or 16, 2019 (keep your calendar clear)
Job offers, background checks, medical screening, and uniforms: late April-May
First day of work: June 17, 2019 for instructional phase (orientation, training, EMT course, etc.)
other frequently asked questions:
I am in an EMT course already, can I still apply? Yes. If hired, you receive credits toward your apprenticeship and do not have to repeat those objectives.
I am an EMT already with little or no experience, can I still apply? Yes. Similar to above, you will receive credits toward your apprenticeship and do not have to repeat those objectives.
Can I negotiate the salary? No, the wage structure is set and the same for all the 2019 EMT apprentices.
I applied for the previous EMT Apprenticeship program, do I need to submit a new application? Yes, all interested parties must file a new application and cover letter.
Is the training schedule flexible? No, the training schedule is set in advance for all the apprentices. All hired apprentices will receive their schedule upon hire for the instructional phase. After the instructional phase, apprentices must be able to follow the schedule of their assigned field training officers.
Can I be a per diem or part time apprentice? No, apprentices are full time employees. At Bennington Rescue this is 36-40 hours of work depending on your schedule.