Firefighter Recruitment Project Having passed the initial stages of testing, over 100 applicants took part in a telephone presentation and roleplay with our team of psychologists, completed wit 5 assessors over a week.
A FRS used our Station Manager CPG role-play exercise but delivered it in-house and off-line, using internal assessors and a roleplay.
Six CPG projects ranging from 50 Watch Manager telephone Roleplays to 30 Station Manager assessments (case study and roleplay), 15 of which were assessed, very successfully, from the candidates’ homes.
We added new pages explaining which Psychometric Tests we recommend and have completed another Chief Fire Officer assessment using our Executive Hire Profile service (three psychometrics instruments and a validation interview with a psychologist to create an in-depth psychological profile)
Adaptation of the Firefighter Recruitment Online Presentation Roleplay from PQAs to Leadership Qualities completed and ready for our next project (lockdown permitting!)
Trial of CPG system from Crew to Watch Manager level with Shropshire FRS.
Community safety and Station Manager CPGs with other clients.
CPG system used by one new client and one returning client, both at Middle Manager level.
Principal Psychologist Hannah Vallance took the role of external advisor to London Fire Brigade for the development of their comprehensive new Leadership Behaviours Framework
This year’s first Assessment Forum held at West Midlands FRS HQ in February was attended by 15 FRS, which showed a great level of interest and support for the event.
We enjoyed wide-ranging discussions on the topics we introduced, and it was interesting to learn more about the commonalities and differences in methods and practice across the shared challenges. Click here to read a brief summary.
Our next informal half day event will be held in February 2020, it will enable attendees to an gain an insight into what their FRS colleagues are currently focusing on in relation to assessment and selection. Click here for more details.
An Area Manager assessment conducted with a FRS client and Group manager tools being added to the CPG.
A big outing for the new Career Progression Gateway (CPG) system, with 11 full days and 44 Crew and Watch Manager candidates assessed using the on-line roleplay.
We supported a FRS with their Chief and Deputy Chief Fire Officer Selection process, completing comprehensive psychological profiling based on leadership and personality.
Our Solutions Director Tim Jackson, attended the AFSA Spring Conference in Southampton on 13th and 14th June hosted by Hampshire FRS. At the AGM he was elected on to the National Executive Committee.
AFSA is the primary driver for improvements to equality, diversity and inclusion in the UKFRS and is growing in size and influence. Reflecting this growing influence, presentations were delivered by:
Jonny Bugg, Head of Fire Strategy and Reform Unit, Home Office
Karen Lee, MP, Shadow Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
Zoë Billingham, HM Inspector of Fire and Rescue Services
Solat Chaudhry, Chief Executive National Centre for Diversity
Matt Parr, CB HM Inspector of Constabulary and HM Inspector of Fire and Rescue Services
Tony Vickers-Byrne, Chief Advisor, HR Practice, CIPD
AFSA continue to promote and share their ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ Report which challenges the Home Office and the Fire Service to increase their focus and activity on improving equality and diversity.
VCA are working on creating new assessments that measure the Leadership Qualities contained in the new Leadership Framework issued by the NFCC earlier this year and which the NFCC wish to see replace the old PQAs.
These new assessments will increase the number of roles that our Career Progression Gateway (CPG) can be used for to support FRS promotion events.
Please contact us for advice on using the new Leadership Qualities for any assessments.
We are very pleased to welcome Tim Jackson, previously a Director of the Fire Service College and a&dc Ltd (now PSI), to our team as VCA’s Solutions Director. He has many years experience in providing assessment and development advice and solutions for a variety of sectors, particularly in recent years, for the UK Fire and Police Services. He will be managing and developing our client relationships in support of our on-going expansion of our products and services.
Development on Career Progression Gateway online platform, adding one to one role-play for recruitment.