Trainee Ambulance Technicians - East Region
Various locations within East Region

Job reference: 047408

Location: Various locations within East Region

Job closing date: 25/03/2021

Job posted date: 12/03/2021

Salary: Band 5 (£25,351 - £31,966)

Employment type: Permanent

Job Type: Ambulance Services

Hours of work: 37.5

Department: Accident & Emergency

Employer (NHS Board) : Scottish Ambulance Service

Applications are now invited for individuals to join the Scottish Ambulance Service as a Trainee Ambulance Technician in the East Region for training courses in 2021.  Thereafter, working at various Ambulance Stations across Tayside, Fife, Forth Valley, Edinburgh, Lothians and the Scottish Borders.

The Scottish Ambulance Service encourages applications from ethnic minorities and those with disabilities. 

The Role

Ambulance Technicians provide immediate care right across Scotland, often to people in their most vulnerable state and in very difficult and challenging environments. As a result, you will be able to show compassion and empathy and be able to deal with the difficult situations that we have to respond to. Most importantly, you need to be able to keep calm under pressure, make good decisions and take control.

The Training

The successful applicant for this post will be an employee of the Service from their start date and will be enrolled on our bespoke clinical programme which will lead to a vocational diploma in Emergency Care Support. The entire programme takes approximately 16 months and is initially carried out at one of our regional training centres for 14 weeks.  After this time, you will progress to your allocated Ambulance Station where you will be mentored by other qualified staff as well as receiving ongoing support and learning from the education team.

The Person

This is a hugely varied role, each day and each patient is different. As a result, you will need to have excellent interpersonal skills as well as an ability to communicate effectively with a range of different and often difficult circumstances. You will need to demonstrate flexibility and the ability to make effective and safe decisions.

We welcome applications form a range of backgrounds, however, previous experience in a healthcare role or a healthcare related qualification would be an advantage. However, volunteer work or working with your community would also be beneficial.

Technician vacancies are offered on a 24-hour shift basis and are referred to as “relief”. Relief is the working pattern that new Technicians work and means that you will be given your shift pattern several weeks in advance, but it won’t always be the same shift pattern. It also means there are times when you will need to be flexible and work a changing shift pattern.

All candidates will be required to satisfy the following minimum entry requirements:

  • Evidence of successful study at SCQF Level 4 or above in Maths and English – Please refer to Trainee Technician Qualification Guidance for further details on the website.
  • Full UK driving licence with no more than 3 penalty points.
  • Due to course date restraints, candidates must possess C1 on their driving licence prior to applying.  Please note that you will be required to provide evidence of this prior to going through the selection process. 

Candidates will also be required to successfully complete the following selection elements;

  • Occupational Fitness Test
  • Competency and Values Based Interview
  • Occupational Health Screening
  • Satisfactory application to the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (Disclosure Scotland)
  • Reference process

The progression route to Paramedic has changed.  If you wish to pursue a career as a Paramedic please visit the following link:

The starting salary for Technician Students is £22,376 per annum, rising to £25,331 per annum on successful completion of the Service’s training programme. This will increase in annual increments to £31,966 per annum.


The closing date for this job has now passed.