Fire Safety Inspecting Officer Apprentice Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

The role involves making a significant contribution to community safety both in enforcement of fire safety legislation and supporting community fire safety initiatives. This role provides the opportunity to develop and gain the necessary experience to become a qualified Level 4 Fire Safety Inspecting Officer.

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Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday, 08:45 - 17:00 and Friday, 08:45 - 16:00

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    28 Months

  • Possible start date

    22 Jan 2024

  • Date posted

    01 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Support the team with fire safety audits/inspections enforcing fire safety legislation as required, specifically: 
  • Liaison with local authority building control officers on the provision of plans and information and queries concerning fire safety in new and altered buildings
  • Assisting on special projects as they relate to fire safety and operational requirements
  • Audit of premises under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order
  • Prepare reports and input data resulting from the above audits onto a fire safety management system
  • Support the team in providing fire safety advice and education to the community, giving lectures, presentations, talks and demonstrations as required
  • Assist the team, ensuring that any information obtained during the course of inspections or visits in relation to risks, water supplies, COSHH and other appropriate legislation is reported in accordance with specified procedures to operational personnel 
  • Assist in providing support and guidance to SFRS staff in fire safety issues

The training you will be getting

Fire Safety Inspector Level 4 Apprenticeship Standard:

Blended learning approach consisting of:

  • Guided distance learning through self-study using a bespoke web-based Learning Environment 
  • Tutor-led classroom delivery involving one-to-one and group activities
  • Assessments
  • Application of knowledge, skills and behaviours within the workplace, and virtual classroom delivery
  • Each module is supported by blocks of virtual or face-to-face learning one day a week

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Upon completion of this apprenticeship,  there may be the opportunity to  become a qualified Fire Safety Inspecting Officer

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Organisation skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Team working


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 9-4 or A-C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 9-4 or A-C) Essential

About the employer

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service operates from 23 strategically located sites across Shropshire. The Service has 3 whole-time stations located in Shrewsbury, Telford and Wellington. On-call firefighters operate from 22 stations. The Service headquarters is in Shrewsbury and the Training Centre is in Telford. A modern fire and rescue service also relies upon a talented team of support staff to help deliver the service the community expects. These roles are wide and varied and include Administration Support, Human Resources, Fire Safety, ICT, Finance, Planning & Performance, Resources & Workshops, and Training & Development.


Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service


Fire Station

St. Michaels Street




Kat Thomas

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Fire safety inspector

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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