Ten new recruits are being sought to start an exciting career in high-risk safety management after a link-up between Cleveland Fire Brigade Risk Management Services and Hartlepool College of Further Education.
CFB Risk Management, the first community interest company of its kind to be set up in the UK by a Fire Authority, provides risk management services to the high-hazard private sector.
Contracts with blue-chip companies in the oil and gas, petrochemical, and nuclear sectors in Teesside and across the UK are taking it towards a £2m turnover and all profits go into community projects that improve safety for Teesside residents.
Hartlepool College of Further Education will work alongside the business to provide the training, with successful applicants gaining qualifications including BTEC, Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) and International Trauma Life Support (ITLS).
Initially, ten Apprentice Site Protection Officers on 18-month fixed term contracts will be recruited and the successful applicants will complete a three-month training course before joining an on-site protection team and working towards an NVQ qualification through the College.
Ian Hayton, Managing Director at CFB Risk Management, said: “Our commercial success over the last four years has enabled us to provide this opportunity for ten young people from across the local community.
“We now have one of the largest workforces in the UK with the skills and competence to work in high hazard situations, helping industries to protect their personnel and assets and avoid costly disruption to production.
“These particular jobs will see the successful candidate play a key part in the emergency response to site incidents, including the rescue of site personnel, provision of first aid and general security.
“They will also be responsible for the testing and maintenance of equipment as well as taking an active role in reviewing risk assessments.
“We are delighted to have been able to join forces with Hartlepool College of Further Education and we look forward to welcoming in the ten new recruits.”
Darren Hankey, Principal at Hartlepool College of Further Education, added: “Hartlepool College of FE has a long and well-established track record of providing apprenticeships – we’re one of the biggest in the North East and most successful in England.
“This partnership with CFB Risk Management is an innovative one, and one which will lead to the employment of ten apprentices.”