A trainee paramedic is someone studying to be an ambulance worker but has yet to obtain a license. They are still in school and would not be working in the field yet. A paramedic already has a license. To get a license as a paramedic, either go to college or take side paramedic courses. Competition for entry for paramedic training is tough, but you can increase your chances by joining the St John's Ambulance who have membership options for youngsters as little as five years old.
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Join the Badgers of the St John's Ambulance if you are between 5 and 10 years old. It's a little like being in the cubs, but you will get taught how to practice First Aid.
If you are a little older, you can join the Cadets of the St John's Ambulance. You will get training in more complicated medical procedures like CPR and you will go out and assist the volunteers attending events with an ambulance. You need to be between 10 and 17 to become a cadet, but keep studying hard at school to qualify to get into an NHS training programme.
Get five GCSs with grades between A and C and then get two or three A levels. This will get you into university to study for a degree in paramedic science or paramedic emergency care.
Keep up your St John's Ambulance contacts once you get to university. Once you are 18 you can become a full volunteer and those experiences will make you a shoe-in for the few available places on ambulance training courses.
Some ambulance trusts will accept you without a degree, so don't worry if you aren't cut out for university. However, places for unqualified trainees are really hard to come by so you will need some glowing references and a stack of training certificates from the cadet program at St John's Ambulance.
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