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?
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).
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.
Calmly handle stressful situations and abrupt sensory stimulus. We experience loud/chaotic environments, flashing lights, strong sometimes foul odors, rainy/icy/snowy/slippery locations, emotionally disturbing scenes, 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 are the minimum requirements?
Eighteen years of age or older
High school diploma or graduation equivalent
Driving record acceptable to Bennington Rescue insurance
Two years of licensed driving experience
Clear record on criminal background check (requirement for 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 inaugural EMT Apprenticeship program closed on October 24, 2018. Based on our needs for additional full-time employees, there will be future opportunities to apply for the EMT Apprenticeship program.