New hires

BB7 Apprentice Programme

BB7 are proud to announce that we have invested in a new Apprenticeship scheme to nurture and promote the next generation of leaders in the world of Fire Engineering. Our vision will help to promote engineering to a wider audience, whilst enabling those young apprentices to achieve their potential. In August, we will be welcoming Ellie Leadon, and Stanley Smith to our team to embark on their journey here at BB7.

We have proudly partnered with Birmingham who have introduced a new Fire Safety Engineer course which has been developed to provide apprenticeships with a good knowledge base of a range of engineering principles. It will prepare them for the rapidly developing field of fire safety engineering and its supporting operational systems. Not only do BB7 want to support the next generation, but we also want to support our current team in developing their management and leadership skills with the apprentices and graduates we hire

As part of onboarding apprenticeships, we have an apprenticeship levy which is there to fund apprenticeship training for all employers. Any unspent levy funds are used to support existing apprentices to complete their training and to pay for apprenticeship training for smaller employers. So part of this funding will be used towards our fantastic new graduate programme which is currently being developed here at BB7, in which the apprentices will learn alongside the graduates, being mentored by dedicated engineers daily, which will include attending client meetings, and exposure to all disciplines within the business.

So why apprenticeships?

Over the last 20 years, apprenticeships have exploded on the job market as businesses recognised there’s a need to find talent and a need to organically grow team members.

According to a recent Government report 86% of employers said apprenticeships helped them develop skills relevant to their organisation, and 78% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve productivity. These statistics are proof that apprentices are extremely valuable in the modern business environment with new ideas, newfound creativity and an enablement for businesses to be creative with roles.

Of course there are also many advantages of being an apprentice:
  • Earn whilst you learn
  • Gain practical experience as well as work experience
  • You’ll automatically boost career prospects
  • You’ll achieve sought after qualifications

So here is a small summary from both of our apprentices as to why they have committed to an apprenticeship at BB7:

Ellie Leadon

“I have always been fascinated by science and engineering is seen as the practical application of scientific principles in ways that improve and enhance lives providing a feeling of accomplishment. Engineering has intrigued me as it quenches curiosity, by answering how and why questions, it takes a hands-on approach and involves problem solving elements.”

“I wanted to take the apprenticeship route over university as it appealed to me to get hands-on experience whilst learning. Additionally, I prefer learning new things by physically doing them instead of learning solely by books, so believed an apprenticeship was the better route for me. I am excited to work alongside experienced staff and gain new skills from them.”  

Stanley Smith

“My desire to study engineering began by admiring the intricate infrastructural designs which have revolutionised our modern day society. This then sparked my aspiration to pursue a career into engineering and to gain further knowledge into the importance many types of engineering which effect us day to day. Apprenticeships appealed to me as an alternative to studying at university full time as I wanted to take a more practical approach to learning and gain hands on experience to apply my skills immediately in workplace environment.”

We are excited to watch these two and many more develop through the stages from apprenticeship, to graduate, to fire engineer, senior fire engineer and so on.


Sophie Barnes
People and Culture Advisor, BB7