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  • Ref no: SFRS01390
  • Published: 21/11/19
  • Closes: 8/12/19
  • Location: Flexible Location, G72 7NA
  • Salary: £30,345.00 - £33,456.00 per year
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Hours: 35 hours per week

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service would like to invite applications for the post of Vocational and Apprenticeship Coordinator, flexible location (SFRS HQ, Cambuslang, West SDA HQ, Hamilton or East SDA HQ, Newbridge) on a permanent basis.  This is a full-time opportunity, working 35 hours per week. However, applications from individuals seeking to work on a part time, job share or flexible working basis would be considered.


To represent the Scottish Fire and Rescue and Service (SFRS) as the head of Centre for the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Awards. To proactively lead, promote and manage the SFRS SQA Approved Centre, Vocational Qualifications and Apprenticeship Programmes.


To lead and enable all aspects of the SFRS SQA Approved Centre, Vocational and Apprenticeship programme process as well as SFRS Workplace Assessment policy, procedure and practice.


To lead the quality assurance and internal verification of SVQ and workplace assessors. To develop and support the assessment of practice for relevant staff within the SFRS by confirming competence.


The post will work in partnership with a range of external bodies including but not limited to SQA Centre and Internal and External Verification colleagues, Skills Development Scotland Apprenticeship Programme stakeholder and Skills for Justice Quality partners.


Functional Responsibilities/Key Tasks: 

This is an exciting and rewarding opportunity to support and shape the implementation of the Apprenticeship and Vocational Programmes across the SFRS.


Working within the People and Organisational Development Directorate you will support and embed all areas of apprenticeship and vocational programme activity, ensuring that the systems and processes of the programmes are effectively established, maintained and continuously improved. This is a broad role which encompasses forecasting and contract bid preparation; quality assurance, compliance management, delivery of induction and training, mentorship and guidance as well as ensuring programme performance; stakeholder management and partnership working.


Key aspects of the role include:

Apprenticeship Programme Coordination

Assessor and Verifier Support

Quality Assurance and Compliance

Candidate Support

Information Management

Further detail and full information is available within the Job Description. 


Previous experience of a similar learning and development role and the delivery of blended solutions and training is required. Coaching and mentoring experience would be advantageous. Applicants must hold CIPD membership or a similar learning and development qualification.

Essential Criteria

The candidate must have occupational competence in the relevant qualification sector(s), knowledge and experience of managing SQA accredited centre and knowledge and experience of SQA Quality Assurance Procedures.


Candidates should be competent in SVQ programme delivery and assessment and the use/assessment of the relevant National Occupational Standard and possess L&D 9D1 Assessor and L&D 11 Verifier Award qualifications (or equivalent).


The candidate should also have experience in the organisation, development and delivery of training courses or similar events; passion for developing people, with the ability to develop training and assessment programme to meet organisational needs.


Further skills required for the role are:

Ability to establish and facilitate quality systems, creative problem-solving skills and excellent attention to detail.

Experience of managing information and production of reports, and be highly numerate and literate

Excellent organisational, planning, time management skills as well as excellent communication and presentation skills – both verbal and written.

Understanding of financial control and fiscal reporting is essential and candidates must be highly competent in the use of Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word).



Post Specific Criteria 

Driving licence as the ability to travel throughout Scotland and occasionally further afield (this may include overnight stays) is required. 


Full details of the role and our recruitment process can be found in the attached information pack. 


Salary on appointment will normally be at the lower salary point, with progression subject to regular review - in line with the SFRS performance appraisal arrangements.  A higher salary placing will be considered in exceptional circumstances subject to experience demonstrated.

This post is also subject to the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exemptions) Scotland Order 2013. Therefore the successful candidate's will be subject to a Standard Disclosure record check through Disclosure Scotland.


The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is an Equal Opportunities employer and encourage applications from all sectors of the community. In addition, we are committed to being a “Disability Confident Employer” and will ensure that all applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role are invited for interview.


If you would like to apply in a different format, please telephone Stephanie Porter on 01698 402332 or email


Please note, a fully completed application form must be submitted as SFRS do not accept CVs in support of applications for employment.

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