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We work with you to find out what you need and when you need it. This might simply involve speaking to you over the phone or may require some short ‘subject matter expert’ interviews. We are used to working to FRS deadlines, resource constraints and the unique demands of an operational service.


Creating your solution may be as simple as helping you identify suitable exercises or training from our portfolio. It may be more complex, such as designing a bespoke suite of exercises for a specific role; helping you implement a change in existing process; or working with you to adapt one of our existing services.


We deliver tools, training or other services by prioritising a streamlined and partnership approach. Whether we manage the majority of your assessment process (from timetabling to feedback reports) or support you to implement individual tools (training your in-house teams to deliver), we are flexible to your needs. How we deliver depends on what you need.


Post assessment process we deliver comprehensive reports on performance, trends and how results link to overall objectives. We have worked with FRS across the UK for over a decade. We understand where you have been, what has happened and where you need to go. We support individual, team and organisational development to ensure you get there.

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It isn’t always easy to know which methods are best for making organisational selection decisions or creating in-depth assessments for promotion and development. That’s where VCA comes in, because we use tried and tested techniques in combination with bespoke design and delivery to ensure you get exactly what you need.

Our core business revolves around assessment. We assist the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) across the UK with assessments for promotion. We have Assessment & Development (ADC) exercise toolkits which have been created specifically for use in the FRS for immediate use at Supervisory, Middle and Strategic Manager level. For FRS who prefer to use a more bespoke approach to their assessment process we design targeted assessment exercises to be used as part of an existing assessment process or perhaps as a stand-alone exercise.

In addition to creating ADC or job simulations exercises, we specialise in providing all the supporting services which go hand in hand with a comprehensive assessment process. This includes assessor and interviewer skills training, pre-ADC candidate briefings, and post ADC developmental feedback reports. If your organisation is seeking to outsource the running of these events we can supply assessors, role-players and centre manager and admin staff. We mark in-basket/ inbox exercises and application forms to tight timescales, including feedback reports and developmental direction. Some services prefer a mixed approach where we fit around the resources they have and fill any gaps where required.

Our approach is to be flexible and adaptive whilst retaining a strong emphasis on best practice principles of design and delivery. Whether we are designing competency or values frameworks or running management development workshops we work closely with our clients, using a helpful and open communication style to ensure we consistently deliver excellent value and quality solutions.

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