career progression gateway

Open Access CPG Calendar

The 'Open Access' Career Progression Gateway (CPG) calendar means that we will be running CPG assessments for candidates for a specific level of promotion on specific dates. Any FRS can join these events

Open Access CPG Calendar2024-06-03T08:55:28+00:00

Why promotions are impacting culture in your FRS

Promotion processes are rarely popular, and approaches can shift like the tide as services struggle to find the holy grail of what will a) cause least complaint from candidates and rep bodies b) be manageable for overworked admin teams c) fit the budget and d) identify leadership potential appropriately. (The pressures of a-c can leave point d. somewhat at the back of the queue.)

Why promotions are impacting culture in your FRS2024-05-02T10:18:11+00:00

The top 4 mistakes when giving feedback on a promotions process and how line managers can avoid them

Having spoken to many candidates who have experienced both internally delivered feedback, and a developmental feedback session with our team, here are the 4 issues which seem to cause the greatest difficulties with internal feedback sessions, and some tips for making it easier and more effective for all involved.

The top 4 mistakes when giving feedback on a promotions process and how line managers can avoid them2024-03-06T09:07:01+00:00

Think your Fire Service can’t afford the CPG? You might be wrong

It’s easy to focus on what the costs would be to the Service of using an external provider such as VCA to run promotions processes, but what about the costs of not doing so, particularly in light of continued scrutiny of FRS fairness, ethics and effectiveness?

Think your Fire Service can’t afford the CPG? You might be wrong2024-02-14T10:22:53+00:00

Career Progression Skills Workshops

What happens if certain individuals aren’t managing the assessment exercise well? What if they aren’t demonstrating the behaviours effectively, not because these aren’t the approaches they usually apply in the workplace, but because they aren’t using the opportunity provided in the CPG to present evidence in a way which demonstrates their full potential?

Career Progression Skills Workshops2024-01-31T13:02:41+00:00

Fire & Rescue Service Review of 2023 from VCA’s perspective

At VCA we are in the privileged position of having been closely involved with the FRS across the UK for over 20 years, whilst remaining impartial and independent. Here is our perspective on this year from the work we have been engaged in.

Fire & Rescue Service Review of 2023 from VCA’s perspective2023-12-21T09:17:08+00:00

What 2 weeks of delivering Fire Service feedback sessions has taught me

Every once in a while I deliver video feedback sessions; its great way to ‘keep my hand in’ and gives me useful insights into how candidates are finding the CPG and what I can do to further support behavioural development, and ultimately progress positive culture change.

What 2 weeks of delivering Fire Service feedback sessions has taught me2023-10-24T11:59:15+00:00
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