There are currently six fire specific apprenticeships standards designed by fire services in the UK for operational staff:
- Operational Firefighter - Tackling fires and other emergencies
- Business Fire Safety Adviser - Working with businesses to help protect their premises from fire.
- Community Safety Adviser - Working within local communities providing life-improving advice, guidance and interventions
- Emergency Service Contact Handling - Dealing with emergency calls
- Fire Safety Inspector - Assessing the level of fire safety in built environments
- Fire Engineer - Providing specialist, fire-related information across the built environment to protect people and property from the destructive effects of fire by applying science and engineering principles
In addition to these programmes for operational staff, there are apprenticeships available at the Institute for
Apprenticeships & Technical Education for non-operational staff.
The six apprenticeships for fire service staff are also at different educational levels, equivalent to school and university award qualifications:
|Apprenticeship||Name||Level||Equivalent Level (Eng and Wales)|
|Operational Firefighter||Advanced||3||A level|
|Business Fire Safety Adviser||Advanced||3||A level|
|Community Safety Adviser||Advanced||3||A level|
|Emergency Service Contact Handling||Advanced||3||A level|
|Fire Safety Inspector||Higher||4,5,6,7||Foundation degree and above|
|Fire Safety Engineer (Degree)||Degree||6 and 7||Bachelor’s or master’s degree|
Apprenticeships in Scotland are mapped to the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework (SCQF).