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.
Facilitated one to one Role-play as part of Firefighter recruitment process for Shropshire FRS in conjunction with Fire Service College
Meeting with Fire Service College with plan to launch an ALL NEW online ADC for use at each FRS promotional level
PQA training for Middle Managers- one day workshop. Helping managers recognise, assess and evaluate PQA behaviours
Marking Strategic manager written exercise papers for Oxfordshire FRS
Update PQA training materials for Shropshire FRS
Supplying exercises and assessment services for Firefighter recruitment in collaboration with the Fire Services College. Community Exercise (presentation/ roleplay) and Interview (PQA and values based)
Marking of Middle manager inbox papers in collaboration with the Fire Services College (FSC)
Completion of Working Preferences Questionnaire on-line values based recruitment tool for Serco
Use of Strategic set 2 ADC materials by a UK FRS to support their promotions process
Collaboration between Fire Services College and VCA Ltd agreed for supplying of exercises and services
Supervisory and Middle Manager exercises supporting three FRS with their succession planning/ promotions processes
Special Interest Group (recruitment) meeting at the Fire Services College.
Marking of inbox papers booked to support in-band promotion assessment.
Beginning first research phase for an online sifting tool as part of a large recruitment project for a non-FRS client.
Completion of Supervisory ADC from briefing session to feedback reports, a project which spanned nearly 3 months.
Delivery of assessment element of Firefighter recruitment at the Fire service college, supplying 8 assessors and a centre manager to assess 25 candidates in two exercises during one afternoon.
Delivery of bespoke training course on assessment of PQA skills (case study).
Design of two new assessment exercises for use in a new system of Firefighter recruitment (link to case study).
Research phase for new recruitment tools
Launch of new and improved VCA website!
Marking of inbox papers in support of a middle manager ADC
Completion of Supervisory ADC from briefing sessions to feedback reports which began in October 2016