Following on from last year’s success, Design Fire Consultants Ltd (DFC) is continuing its participation in the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Fire Engineering Degree Apprenticeship programme, starting in September 2024.


Who are we?

DFC is one of the UK’s leading independent fire engineering consultancies, and we are passionate about engineering, high quality delivery and enjoying our work. As a fire engineering company, we are curious and always seeking new opportunities to learn, which is paramount in a growing discipline. In the same way, we believe in supporting your development needs, both professionally and personally.


What does the Fire Safety Engineering Apprenticeship entail?

As a Fire Safety Engineering Apprentice, you will have the opportunity to achieve an academic qualification (BEng) whilst gaining work-based skills and experience. By combining work and study, you will accelerate your professional development and enhance your career prospects.

The Fire Safety Engineering Apprenticeship allows you to earn a full-time salary without having to pay tuition fees. In addition, you will receive all the benefits of being a student at UCLan, including access to state-of-the-art facilities and student discounts.

We understand that candidates looking at degree programmes by their nature are likely to be less familiar with the fire engineering industry. Your 4 years between UCLan and DFC will give you a sound knowledge and understanding of: fire dynamics; scientific and engineering principles; codes, guidance and Regulations; materials science; and more that you will need to be a great fire engineer. For now, all you need is an interest in STEM studies, an analytical and inquisitive mindset; proficient written and verbal communication skills in English and a proactive attitude to learning.


To thrive in this role, you should:

  • Have a burgeoning interest in the fire engineering industry and the built environment.
  • Be a problem solver, willing to explore new ideas and question the ‘norm’.
  • Be able to work collaboratively with colleagues.
  • Be willing to continuously learn and develop.
  • Demonstrate pride and responsibility in your own work.
  • Be organised and able to manage your own tasks.
  • Be willing to ask for help.
  • Be adaptable and able to multitask.


Where can you apply? 

To apply, please send your covering letter and CV to


Want to hear more?

Check out our current Fire Safety Engineering Apprentice, Malachi’s blog about his journey so far.

6-month Apprenticeship Update