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 a FRS workforce.