Poll statistics steer National Apprenticeship Week towards a more inclusive fire sector

As the nation gears up to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, a recent poll conducted by The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) revealed that 57% of responders believe that there isn’t sufficient awareness of the diverse opportunities available across fire-related apprenticeships. Another survey uncovered that 45% of respondents expressed that the diverse job roles across the fire sector aren’t adequately represented in the current apprenticeship offering – highlighting a crucial need for increased visibility and understanding of the various paths available across the sector.

The IFE has announced its commitment to driving further vocational routes into the fire sector, recognising how the modern apprenticeship path is crucial in shaping the future of training within fire and other industries across the built environment. As the UK come together to celebrate the apprenticeship pathway, these results uncover the importance of developing apprenticeship programs that comprehensively showcase the breadth of careers available within the fire sector.

In a stride toward further pathways into the fire sector, candidates that successfully complete their end-point assessment for the Operational Firefighter course at the Fire Service College in Moreton-In-Marsh, can apply to achieve Technician grade membership at the IFE. This recognises the two years of rigorous practical and theory studies that map to the competencies required.

Commenting on the need for further avenues in fire, IFE CEO, Steve Hamm added: “The modern apprenticeship pathway not only ensures a more dynamic and inclusive workforce, but actively encourages individuals from different backgrounds and experiences to contribute to the fire sector.

“As a professional body, it’s paramount that we advocate for diversity and support candidates in their professional development. Our vision of a fire sector enriched by a wide range of experiences and socio-economic backgrounds continues to drive our activity.”

To further support those starting out in a career in fire, the IFE last year announced it had made its Student membership offering free. Both IFE exam candidates and those individuals in fire-related studies are now entitled to Student membership, providing access to learning and knowledge resources and an international network of contacts to support their career. Further information about Student membership is available on the IFE website https://www.ife.org.uk/Membership.

During National Apprenticeship Week, the IFE will raise awareness about diverse opportunities, constant learning and engage in conversations to address existing perceptions about apprenticeships.