Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

June 22, 2009 06:42 ET

Welsh Fire and Rescue Services Sign Up to the Lifelong Learning Agenda

CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - June 19, 2009) - The Welsh Assembly Government will host an event on Monday 22nd June 2009 at 13:30 hours in conference Room 'C', Ty Hywel, where all three Welsh Fire and Rescue Services will sign workplace learning agreements with the Fire Brigades Union. Dr Brain Gibbons, Welsh Assembly Minister for Social Justice and Local Government and John Griffiths AM, Deputy Minister for Skills will be present as will the three Welsh Chief Fire Officers and FBU Brigade Officials to complete the formal signings.

The Fire Brigades Union currently has a Welsh Union Learning Fund Project entitled "Burning a path to learning" which runs until 31st March 2011. Workplace learning agreements have been achieved as a result of the partnership that has been forged between the Fire Brigades Union and the management teams within the three Fire and Rescue Services, as they have established the foundations for a future which should see lifelong learning become embedded along side the existing vocational training that is a day to day activity of the service. The agreements set out the support that learners and learning representatives can expect and provide a reference point for all line mangers.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer Andy Marles said:

"The Fire and Rescue Service relies heavily on its staff and therefore development is paramount to delivering the best service to our communities. We are keen to work with any partner to achieve this goal, and welcome this agreement with the Fire Brigades Union."

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer Simon Smith said:

"The Fire Brigades Union represents a large proportion of our staff, both part-time and full time, and is committed to providing members with an opportunity to develop as individuals through access to learning. Making lifelong learning a day to day activity of the Fire and Rescue Service will offer the opportunity for all individuals employed in the service to improve their skills, which in turn delivers many benefits, not only to the individual but to the organisation, and the wider community."

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer, Richard Smith said:

"As an organisation that sees people as its most valuable resource, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service considers the overall development of its members of staff to be of immense benefit, not only to the individual, but to the service as a whole.

I am delighted to be part of a scheme that provides access to training and development for all personnel, developing them as individuals. In doing this, we will inevitably improve both the organisation and the services we provide to those we serve in our communities. "

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