The NFCC have agreed with the government that fire services who wish to use the apprenticeship make sure the following are adhered to:
- Each fire service would conduct an assessment to ascertain if on-call apprenticeships are suitable for their organisation on a station by station basis
- Fire services should carry out an equality impact assessment to aid their decision regarding on-call apprenticeships
- Each fire service would use their own selection criteria for determining which recruits may be suitable to employ as a firefighter apprentice
- Apprentice on-call firefighters must be issued with both a contract of employment and apprenticeship agreement
- Apprentices to be issued with an individual learning plan
- The fire service will need to agree with the on-call firefighter apprentice what level of cover they could provide. This information will assist in determining the length of the apprenticeship
- Only positive employment hours will count towards the required on and off the job training and development. On-Call availability hours will not be eligible.
- Employers should ensure that the manager, the apprentice and training provider review progress on a regular basis. This could be in the form of an annual performance review, monthly 1-2-1 with the manager, together with a quarterly meeting with the apprentices’ skills coach. A record of the event should be prepared, setting out future training and development needs together with specific outcomes to be achieved in a given timescale.
- The apprenticeship for an on-call firefighter should be as set out in these guidance notes. Any deviation from this model would need to be agreed by the sector and the government.