Through the People Programme, the NFCC has made substantial progress to support workforce reform. The NFCC Apprenticeship Strategy aims to support fire and rescue services as they work to match their capabilities and capacity of their changing role and the demands placed upon them.
Senior FRS managers, training managers and trainers will find the toolkit useful to help develop and deliver appropriate apprenticeships for staff. The toolkit is not a set of rules but a guide to aid decision-making and planning, with signposts to relevant websites for additional details.
New apprenticeships standards have replaced the previous apprenticeship frameworks across all sectors. The apprenticeship standards are occupation-focused; they are not qualification-led. The learning happens throughout the apprenticeship, and the apprentice is assessed at the end to prove that they can carry out all aspects of their job. During the apprenticeship, they will develop transferable skills and gain credibility too.
There are five fire specific apprenticeship standards available for use and one under development, along with many other apprenticeships for other occupational sectors that form part of an FRS workforce.
Tackling a wide range of emergency situations such as tackling fires, searching, rescuing and protecting people and animals
Fire Safety Inspector
Assessing the level of fire safety in the built environment and instigating improvements, where necessary, to preserve life, to reduce damage to property and the environment and to support economic growth
Business Fire Safety Advisor
Working with businesses to help them keep their premises safe from fire by offering advice and education to reduce risk
Community Safety Advisor
Working within local communities providing life-improving advice, guidance and interventions