Training swap for firefighters and college students

Front: Andy Perry, Head of People Development, signs the formal agreement with College Principal Jan Ellis. Back left to right: fire Training Manager Phil Clarke, Head of School Paul Moorcroft, Colin Walker and Deputy Training Manager Carl Franks.

Firefighters and students are involved in a “training swap” as part of an agreement between Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service Training and Development Centre and a Telford college.

Fire officers have signed a formal partnership agreement with Telford College of Arts and Technology (TCAT) to work together.

As part of the agreement, training staff support the college’s BTEC Public Uniformed Services course which prepares students for a job in one of the uniformed services. Brigade instructors will carry out lectures with students attending the Brigade Training & Development Centre in Telford to gain an insight into the work carried out by firefighters.

In return, TCAT provide spaces for Brigade instructors on their Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) course which covers good teaching practice, how to plan sessions, motivate learners and uses a variety of assessment methods.

The skills will be used by Training and Development Centre instructors to benefit Shropshire's operational personnel who attend the centre every year.

"This is a perfect example of how partnership working should function with each organisation reaping the benefits at no additional cost," said Brigade Training Manager Phil Clarke.

3rd November, 2010