Apprenticeships for trainee firefighters

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-06-20
Session date: 
June 20, 2019
Reference: 
2019/12179
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Please provide an update on the use of LFB’s apprenticeship levy payments for firefighter training.

Answer

Apprenticeships for trainee firefighters

Apprenticeships for trainee firefighters

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Since the introduction of the levy in April 2017, London Fire Brigade (LFB) has played a key role in developing the new Level 3 Operational Firefighter apprenticeship standard with over 35 other FRSs and industry bodies. The LFB’s Operational Firefighter apprenticeship programme was introduced in November 2018 and all new firefighters complete the apprenticeship as part of their development.

LFB also played a key role in a successful challenge that doubled the maximum levy funding per firefighter, from £6k to £12k per firefighter. All levy funds will be spent, providing a £1.1m central budget saving (replacing levy expenditure), with the potential for further income through accessing co-investment funding from 2020/21, should firefighter recruitment remain at over 200 new recruits annually. The incremental costs to deliver the apprenticeship are approximately 50 per cent of the funding claimed per firefighter.