Future Nottinghamshire firefighters getting 'good quality training' say Ofsted

Apprentice firefighters in Nottinghamshire are receiving good quality training, according to the first Ofsted inspection since the programme started in September 2019.

By Shelley Marriott
Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 9:58 am

The report on Nottinghamshire and City of Nottingham Fire and Rescue Authority’s programme, which was published Tuesday, April 20, follows a monitoring visit on March 30, and 31, and it states that ‘significant progress’ has been made in meeting all the requirements of successful apprenticeship provision, ‘reasonable progress’ has been made in ensuring that apprentices benefit from high-quality training that leads to positive outcomes and ‘reasonable progress’ has been made in ensuring effective safeguarding.

Leila Henry, head of risk assurance and operational training, said: “This is the first visit we have had from Ofsted and we were extremely pleased to receive the ‘significant progress’ accolade for one of the requirements.

"I am happy that the inspection team has recognised the good quality of the apprenticeship programme we are running at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and we are looking forward to integrating the learning form the monitoring visit to enhance our apprenticeship programme even further.”

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Apprentice firefighters in Nottinghamshire are receiving good quality training

The report praised the work to attract applicants from under-represented groups, the effective curriculum, intensive, well-planned theoretical and practical work, the exacting standards, frequent and thorough monitoring of learning, the experience and qualifications of trainers, high-quality online learning materials, support for any apprentice who falls behind and a strong safeguarding and welfare culture including access to professional support.

New apprenticeship providers normally get an Ofsted monitoring visit within their first two years and are judged as having made ‘insufficient progress’, ‘reasonable progress’ or ‘significant progress’. They then normally get a full inspection within the following two years.