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This Modern Apprenticeship incorporates SVQ Emergency Fire Service: Operations in the Community and The Firefighters Foundation Programme which are currently used for new firefighter recruits joining the Service. Your Apprentice will continue this journey over a three year period before being deemed fully trained and competent to carry out the role.

Modern Apprentices will receive support from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to achieve an SVQ qualification and enhance the opportunity for progression within the Service.

SFRS anticipate recruitment of around 300 new firefighters up to the end of 2019 and is hoped that each of these people will be part of this new development.
The introduction of this new Modern Apprenticeship will help to formalise the training provision for new firefighters, and offer a clear career progression route for staff.

The qualification

SCQF level 7

Your employee will study for an SCQF Level 7 in SVQ Emergency Fire Service: Operations in the Community.

It is also encouraged that they work towards achieving an SCQF Level 6 in the Firefighter Foundation Programme.

Entry requirements

Due to the nature of this role, the minimum age for apprentices signing up for this framework will be 18 years old.

The recruitment and selection processes consist of a number of assessment exercises designed to appropriately assess and evaluate candidate attributes against the criteria for the role and can be segmented into seven main stages: advert and application, first psychometric assessment, second psychometric assessment, fitness assessment, practical selection testing, interview and conditional offer.

Progression and development

Firefighters have the opportunity to progress. If the right skills, attitude and abilities are shown it is soon possible to be leading crews, watches or fire stations. Other routes through the organisation involve becoming a specialist in areas such as Fire Safety, Training and Employee Development, Fire Investigation, Technical Rescue or Command Support.

SCQF qualification levels explained

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How is it funded?

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider directly in incremental payments throughout the course of the apprenticeship.

See training contribution calculator below to determine funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees who are aged 16 – 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet the needs of your business.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we do encourage all employers to pay the living wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

Time to complete

It is expected that apprentices following this framework will take approximately three years to complete. This includes theoretical, practical and consolidation workplace training.

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