Fire and rescue service employers can now have exclusive access to business information, resources and project support through a new membership scheme launched by Skills for Justice.

From April, members will be able to access expert advice and guidance on qualifications, funding, research into sector employment trends, as well as a host of other tools to support the human resources and training functions of employers.

All are designed to help employers develop the skills of their staff to the highest standards, meeting the challenges of the present and preparing them for the future.

Skills for Justice Director Amanda Ryalls said: "By consulting employers, we have revised our membership scheme to reflect more closely the products that employers have told us they would value to support HR, training and workforce planning - all of which are critical if they are to address today's challenges and prepare for the future."

The following four key products offered to members will be available to every employee of the member organisation. They are:

NOS Finder Plus - a fully interactive and searchable database of the Justice and Community Safety sector's National Occupational Standards (NOS):

Funding wizard − an online database which enables members to search for funding through available grants, loans, awards and bursaries

Labour Market Information matrix (LMI), which provides data, statistics and research about the workplace; primarily the supply and demand of labour

Evaluation Planning - to help project and programme managers formulate important questions, conduct evaluations, employ the right techniques, gather evidence and create plans over the duration of a project or programme.

The membership also includes project days, which can be used to commission bespoke projects such as the framework for the apprenticeship in Emergency Fire Service Operations which was developed by Skills for Justice to help promote high standards across the fire and rescue service.

As part of the membership offer, members have a dedicated account manager providing expert advice and guidance to employers on skills issues and workforce development.

 In addition to the full membership scheme there are alternative packages available.

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