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New Partner for the CLP

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Join the CLP

The new national Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) have officially joined the Collective Learning Partnership. An official signing event was held at the SFRS Clydesmill Headquarters and was attended by representatives of SFRS, FBU, Unite and the Trade Union Education Centre.

Since August 2014, 11 courses been delivered throughout Scotland focussing upon Interview Skills and Processes. The courses were held in Glasgow, Falkirk, Kirkcaldy, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen, and resulted in 130 participants having the opportunity to discuss and develop the skills to support them in job applications and interview situations. The feedback from those involved was all very positive.

“Great course, informative and relevant in and out of the fire service“

Course member, Clydesmill

“I am more confident for when I have to attend an interview which I will have to do in the near future”

Course member, Thornton

A survey was developed in conjunction with members of the Trade Union Education Centre at City of Glasgow College for distribution to all staff with the SFRS to identify their learning needs. The response rate was excellent for this new initiative with over 270 returns across Scotland. The returns were filtered and a number of courses are in the process of being arranged.

These include Basic Computing, Understanding Pensions, Interview Skills, and Public Speaking. These courses will just be the beginning a whole series of courses to be delivered as a result of this exciting partnership between the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, Unite the Union, the Fire Brigades Union and City of Glasgow College – Trade Union Education Centre.

Stephen Thomson, FBU Scottish Secretary said “the partnership between SFRS, the FBU and Unite offers real opportunity for employees of the SFRS to gain new skills and confidence. We look forward to working with the CLP to support our members who are coming through a difficult period of change within the organisation and to build relationships with the other partners”

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