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Do you have buy-in from your senior management team?

A successful and sustainable apprenticeship programme needs to be championed by the senior management team of the service. It is critical to the future travel of a service, and how it responds to local needs and meets the objectives of the IRMP.

Senior leaders need to:

  • Analyse current and future staffing skill needs to respond to IRMP
  • Prioritise training needs to meet IRMP – for example, ask whether local needs are to be met with firefighters or community safety advisers, or a combination of both
  • Assess past performance in terms of delivery of training, including retention rates, costs and completion of courses
  • Assess infrastructure to meet training needs, including existing staff, equipment, premises, and facilities
  • Assess whether systems are in place to administer learning and delivery, including the management of training contracts, quality assurance of training provision and support to staff
  • Understand that staff support includes attracting internal and external apprentice candidates, sign posting courses, providing pastoral and other support during training and ensuring training needs are met
  • Understand gaps in training provision and ability which can be filled by professional training providers
  • Analyse whether roles are clearly established and linked to apprenticeships for promotion
  • Link apprenticeships to succession planning, including career pathways