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Xact is delighted to announce the launch our new Level 3 Fire Safety Advisor Apprenticeship – all served up with a generous helping of financial support to participating organisations.

We are now recruiting for our first Level 3 cohort, which starts in November, while participating employers can look forward to receiving between 95 to 100 per cent Government funding towards training.

Further cohorts will follow in February, May and October next year.

Level 3 Apprenticeship is aimed at those in specialist fire safety roles with responsibility for auditing simple premises (small premises with a simple layout e.g., shops, offices or industrial units); assessing fire risk and hazards and providing advice.

Its arrival follows the resounding success of our Level 4: Fire Safety Inspector Apprenticeship which we launched four months ago.

Apprenticeship Manager Rachel Willis said: “It is fantastic news that Xact will deliver the new Level 3 Apprenticeship following its release by the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education at the end of summer.  

“As a Trailblazer Group key member behind its national review, I am so pleased that the new apprenticeship standard allows those from a variety of organisations in the fire safety sector to gain knowledge, skills and behaviours to competently audit simple buildings, assess fire risk and advise.”

A Level 3 Certificate in Fire Safety (Fire Auditors) is awarded to those successfully completing the programme.

Taking potentially just 16 months to complete (13 months training time and three months End Point Assessment), it paves the way for a smooth transition to the Level 4 Fire Safety Apprenticeship.

Our End Point Assessment (EPA) Plan for Level 3 Apprenticeship means that those who wish to progress to Level 4 Apprenticeship will have the advantage of familiarity with the requirements of practical assessment and professional discussion as part of their EPA to prove competency.  

Rachel added: “Level 3 and 4 Fire Safety Apprenticeships now provide an attractive career development path to encourage new talent into the sector and support development and reskilling of existing employees.  

“The fact that organisations can also benefit from between 95 and 100 per cent Government funding, via the Apprenticeship Levy, to pay for this training is the icing on the cake in opting for the apprenticeship route to develop of sector-competent fire safety teams.”

Xact’s tailored apprenticeships also ensure that we account for prior knowledge and experience.  As a result, a learner who has completed Level 3 Fire Safety Certificate (Fire Auditor) or Level 3 Fire Safety Advisor Apprenticeship is eligible for a reduction to their Level 4 apprenticeship programme to just 16 months training period.

Xact’s long-standing relationship with Skills for Justice Awards means that we can ensure our apprentices achieve the Level 3 Certificate and Level 4 Diploma qualifications, which are mandatory qualifications required by the apprenticeships, within the swiftest of timeframes. 

Our Direct Claim status with Skills for Justice Awards means that apprentices can move onto the End Point Assessment process more quickly to complete their apprenticeship.  

Based on experience delivering the Level 4 apprenticeship, we have found that both managers and apprentices value detailed learner timetables up-front. These contain programmed dates for courses, progress reviews and assessment deadlines. 

In addition, both manager and apprentice appreciate Xact Apprenticeship Mentors’ regularly scheduled progress reviews enabling managers to further support apprentice workplace development.

The continuous improvement activities we conduct as part of our ongoing quality assurance processes means that our apprentices benefit from our experience as a trusted fire safety training provider as much as all other learners.

Contact apprenticeships@xact.org.uk to find out more about Xact’s Apprenticeship programmes or to make initial enquiries about enrolling learners on a programme,.

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