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A photo of Mel Curle after passing her ambulance vehicle driving test
A photo of Mel Curle after passing her ambulance vehicle driving test

Education and Training award drives Mel 'Bananas'

Melissa Curle works at West Lothian College and recently started volunteering for the NHS at a local vaccination centre. Although happy in her current role, she wanted to develop further as an individual and find a more challenging career. 

After volunteering for the NHS Mel decided she would like to build a career in this sector and join the Scottish Ambulance Service. However, before she could progress she needed to gain some initial qualifications including the Practical C1 Ambulance Vehicle Training and Test.

Mel found a place at the Drive Me Bananas Motoring School and applied to the Harthill, Eastfield and Greenrigg (HEG) Education & Training Fund. Her application was successful and after hearing she had been awarded a £660 grant to help with her course fees and expenses, Mel said:

I would like to say thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to proceed with my exams through Drive Me Bananas Motoring School.  It really made my night on Monday when I received the email of confirmation. I really appreciate the grant and feel very lucky to have such a generous amount, especially during Covid times.

Mel has now completed the training and passed the test. She can now focus on her studies as a Technician/Paramedic for the Scottish Ambulance Service.

For more information on the Harthill, Eastfield and Greenrigg (HEG) Education & Training Fund please visit the fund page.