Level 4 Apprenticeship – Fire Safety Inspector
The occupation of Fire Safety Inspector can be found in the Fire and Rescue sector. The fire and rescue sector is formed of three elements, prevention, protection and response. The occupation of fire safety inspector is a specialist role within the protection element, linking closely with the other two elements of protection and response.
The broad purpose of the occupation is to assess the level of fire safety in the built environment in their area and instigate improvements, where necessary, to preserve life, to reduce damage to property and the environment and to support economic growth.
In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts effectively with partner agencies, particularly local regulatory services teams to join up enforcement work. They will also provide support and technical expertise to colleagues and other departments, including mentoring and training, to ensure effective sharing of knowledge.
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What Is The Equivalent Of A Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship?
A level 4 apprenticeship is equivalent to a foundation degree, a Higher National Certificate (HNC), or the first year of an undergraduate degree. Higher apprenticeships start at level 4. The requirements to be considered for a level 4 apprenticeship are normally a lot tougher than those at level 3. Requirements are generally: Completed an advanced apprenticeship; Hold a level 3 NVQ/SVQ qualification; Have a BTEC National qualification or 2 passes at A-Level.
Level 4 Fire Safety Inspector Apprenticeship
An employee in this occupation will be responsible for providing advice, participating in consultations, the enforcement of legislation relating to fire safety and supporting investigations and prosecutions. Fire Safety Inspectors inspect complex premises and support businesses by giving advice on how to comply with regulations. Fire Safety Inspectors work at supervisory/managerial level within the fire sector, but they may not necessarily supervise or manage others.
- Carry out Fire Safety inspections/audits of premises in line with current fire safety legislation
- Enforce Fire Safety legislation in accordance with organisational policy, to include collecting/providing evidence, where appropriate
- Gather Operational Risk Information to contribute to the safety of operational staff
- Identify high risk premises, groups and individuals within the community to assist with the implementation of targeted risk-based inspection programmes
- Examine and respond to consultations and submissions from external stakeholders and provide advice in order to determine compliance with statutory codes of practice and other fire safety related legislation with applicable time constraints. Submissions and consultations could include: planning, building regulations, House(s) of Multiple Occupancy, licencing, marriage venues, etc
- Support formal investigations as required by the organisation and take appropriate action
- Contribute to the policy and procedures that relate to legislative guidance on matters concerning Fire Safety
- Provide technical advice and support on fire safety regulations and guidance documents to internal and external stakeholders
- Work in accordance with the Primary Authority Scheme
- Provide support and guidance to businesses to reduce unwanted fire signals (e.g. from automatic fire alarms) and deliberate fires
- Collaborate effectively with partner agencies, particularly local regulatory services teams to join up enforcement activities.
- Attend internal and external meetings with stakeholders such as Safety Advisory Groups to provide guidance and support with fire safety matters to ensure the safety of the public.
- Respond to alleged fire risks/complaints and post fire enquiries
Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.
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Level 4 Fire Safety Inspector Apprenticeship
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