Why do you want to run apprenticeships?
The government describes an apprenticeship as a real job with an industry recognised training programme.
For the fire and rescue service, this also means staff can make progress in their careers confident that their training and qualifications will be recognised by different services and those services will be confident in the quality of transferring staff who will come equipped with the right skills, knowledge and experience.
Fire specific apprenticeships are an opportunity to develop the skills of your workforce and to provide people from all backgrounds with the opportunity to obtain both job-specific and transferable skills that will contribute to their achievement in the workplace.
A programme brings benefits to your service and your local communities:
- Social return on investment – recruiting apprentices from the local community benefits both the community and the local service, enhancing the workforce profile and improving diversity.
- Economic efficiencies for services – utilising the national apprenticeship standards could result in cost reductions for services and lead to workforce reforms.
- Clear career pathway – attracting individuals from a more diverse range of cultures, selected by suitability and on merit for the roles you have, and with clear routes for career progression. This enables the services to become employers of choice.
- Consistent approach – collaborating to develop national apprenticeship standards brings about consistency in training approaches and requirements of staff. Apprentices can be assured that by following the national apprenticeship standards their skills, knowledge and experience will be recognised across the country, should they wish to transfer. Use of apprenticeships saves services time, effort, and money for both development and procurement, and enables easier staff mobility.
- Raising professional standards within the sector – to help apprentices and staff develop strong professional capabilities and be part of a highly capable, skilled and engaged fire and rescue service. This includes developing profession-oriented apprenticeships which are fire specific.
- Cultural change – to ensure that apprenticeships are a key component of an inclusive fire and rescue service that reflects the society it serves. Focusing on the transferable skills and consistency in the way services deliver apprenticeships will help to embrace diversity within the workforce. Working together will attract the right individuals based on merit, and potentially from a more diverse range of cultures who are right for the job.
- Improved employee engagement and productivity - Investing in apprenticeship training has a positive effect on employee engagement and productivity, demonstrating a willingness to develop employees, which in turn increases staff retention and can provide a foundation for succession and career pathways supporting existing staff into specialists roles and supporting ongoing staff development to progress into a higher level apprenticeship for management roles.
Apprenticeship programmes will also support your service to upskill and retrain current employees to help individuals and the service to meet occupational needs.