With Apprenticeships high on the agenda this year, we are delighted to announce that the Apprenticeship Standard for Operational Firefighter has been approved.
Designed for the fire services across England, the Armed Forces, Civil Aviation and private sector fire services, the new apprenticeship standard has been developed with Staffordshire Fire & Rescue as the lead employer working with many other fire service partners across England. Also involved are the Institution of Fire Engineers, Chief Fire Officers Association and Sellafield Ltd.
The new standard has been created to fill the gap when the current framework closes at the end of September. Now the standard has been approved, we are working on the assessment plan, which we hope will be approved ready for launch in the autumn.
Firefighters tackle a wide range of emergency situations where problem solving and initiative is vital to resolve incidents quickly and calmly. It is imperative that apprentices undergo the training needed to meet all complex demands they may face and they all undergo the same assessment to ensure standardisation across the sector.
Tim Hyde, Director of Response at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “One of many things that the Fire and Rescue Service does well is to pull together when there is a task to fulfil. I was offered the chance to lead the working group to develop the Firefighter Trailblazer in July 2016 and, always enjoying something new, I agreed straight away. After canvassing the views of Chief Officers from across the Country I was reassured that support existed both within local authority services and within the many other fire service sectors. I have to say that the drive and engagement from fire and rescue employers has been every bit as good as I had expected and we now have a very committed band of energetic team members from across the country. Two people have made a particularly noteworthy contribution to the production of what will be the development pathway of the next generation of firefighters. Neil Bunch has given honest, pragmatic advice, challenge and guidance at every stage and he demonstrates a genuine desire to help us to secure a great apprenticeship. Nanette Lane has been the star of the show; her patience, knowledge, experience, advice and tireless application have been priceless. A great team effort, I hope you will agree. We look forward to making our next expression of interest soon and I would advise all of those thinking of committing to a trailblazer to go right ahead; the opportunity to build relationships, develop something special and experience an extraordinary level of support are well worth the effort.’’
The new standard can be viewed here. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/apprenticeship-standards#protective-services-standards