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Association for Specialist Fire Protection seeks new head of training

08 February 2021

THE ASSOCIATION for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) is a Trade Association representing the interests of over 200 manufacturers and installers of passive fire protection products such as fire-stopping, fire resisting ducts and dampers, fire protection to structural steelwork and fire doors, etc. The Association is now looking for a new head of training to further develop its training function, which offers passive fire protection training to a variety of stakeholders from all sectors of the construction industry.

The head of training will be responsible for managing all aspects of the ASFP’s training operations including the creation of new training courses and content, extending the ASFP’s e-Learning programme, maintaining qualification requirements and delivering existing and new classroom courses.

In addition, the head of training will be required to manage internal and external training personnel, while also holding ultimate responsibility for managing the department’s budget and financial success.

To ensure the continued growth of the ASFP’s training operations, the head of training will be responsible for developing new methods of training delivery and appropriate measures and qualifications designed to reflect the level of learning attained, whether through academic or practical training or by way of Continuing Professional Development.

The head of training will also be expected to represent the ASFP at public and member events and deliver presentations and webinars to improve the understanding of passive fire protection generally, at the same time promoting the ASFP’s values, training and qualifications.

Phased approach to succession

This full-time position forms part of a phased approach to succession, with Phil Brownhill (the current head of training) providing coaching and support before moving into a part-time training officer position once the transfer of responsibilities is complete. The role is going to be home-based with travel throughout the UK and Ireland as and when required.

The successful applicant should have demonstrable experience of working in the passive fire protection and construction arena. They should have a broad understanding of training provision and qualification requirements within the construction industry and of the regulatory environment as it applies to passive fire protection. They must also be able to engage, inspire and educate audiences of all levels and be able to create training material specifically designed to suit a wide range of skills, abilities and methods.

The candidate should be a team player with the ability to build relationships and present and communicate at all levels. They must have experience of creating training programmes and qualifications and engaging with diverse audiences to impart knowledge and translate complex concepts into straightforward language. They should be educated to degree level as a minimum and be analytical and inquisitive, with excellent attention to detail and a high sense of personal responsibility.

The ASFP will offer a competitive package to the right candidate.

*Closing date for applications is 28 February. For further information or to apply for the position contact Jo O’Neill via e-mail at jo.oneill@bcf.co.uk Successful candidates will be invited for interview with the ASFP in March