Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service

Managing our talent

Talent management is the systematic attraction, identification, development, engagement, retention and deployment of individuals who are of value to an organisation, either in view of their ‘high potential’ for the future or because they are fulfilling business/operation-critical roles.

Talent consists of those individuals who can make a difference to organisational performance either through their immediate contribution, by developing their strengths or, in the longer-term, by demonstrating the highest levels of potential.

– Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, 2015

Talent management strategy

Over the next five years we will develop and implement a Talent Management Strategy, enabling us to:

Analyse service requirements

It is important that there are no critical skill gaps and we maintain optimal resilience across the Service. It is also important that we are well-equipped to identify those who have the desire and ability to take on various new skills and responsibilities needed to take us forward and then develop and prepare these people for the future.

It is our ethos to develop people from within the Service wherever we can, because we believe that many of the best people to improve the Service already work here.

Performance appraisals
Robust development centres
Develop acceleration programmes
Cross mentoring
Menu driven learning
Enhance staff skills
Evaluation of learning

Our latest talent management updates

Learningpool Live Awards 2016

By People Admin | 2nd December 2016
Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service walked away from the Learningpool Live Awards 2016 with two awards!   Most Innovative eLearning Sean Brannon and Paul Whidborne were instrumental in winning this award for BFRS. Their dedication and commitment to innovation of…

Leadership and management

By People Admin | 23rd November 2016
The leadership and management programmes continue to provide an enhanced knowledge of managerial processes, techniques and skills for our future managers. Additionally, this year a commitment from Senior Management Board (SMB) is to open every programme, with discussion around the…

Acceleration programmes for our best performing staff

By People Admin | 23rd November 2016
The Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority (BMFKA) is committed to offering internal staff the first opportunity for development and progression. We are in the process of looking into acceleration programmes for those members of staff who are demonstrating the…

Development centres for support services staff

By People Admin | 23rd November 2016
Following feedback from the consultation of the People Strategy, a decision was taken to implement a development centre for support services staff. The technical element applied for operational staff will not apply, however the managerial sections do cross over and…

Development opportunities through temporary promotions

By People Admin | 23rd November 2016
A number of employees have been given opportunities for further development through temporary positions. Once an employee has demonstrated their potential and has committed to the whole development process, they can be considered for a temporary position, if available. This…

Institution of Fire Engineers – technical knowledge examinations

By People Admin | 23rd November 2016
In July 2014, we identified the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) as the route for raising the technical knowledge of our supervisory and middle managers.  A pilot scheme was launched and following the successful uptake at all levels. In April 2015…

Development centres

By People Admin | 23rd November 2016
It important that we are well equipped to identify those who have the desire and ability to take on new skills and responsibilities. This is needed to take us forward for the future. Our revised development centre process, introduced in…

Further develop the performance appraisal system

By People Admin | 23rd November 2016
Promotion of the performance management process and the importance of completing appraisals was undertaken via communications with the Leadership Group, the Director of People and Organisational Development Blogs and during the engagement programme rolled out to all managers within the…

Training, learning and development framework

By People Admin | 23rd November 2016
The Training, Learning & Development Framework details how to prepare all employees to carry out their roles effectively and safely. It has been designed to address core skills in line with station and departmental skills profiles, as well as issues identified from…