Welcome to the Integrated Personal Development System (IPDS)

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The latest news.
  • Help shape the National Occupational Standards in Fire and Rescue

    October 2012
    We are running consultations on NOS that underpin learning and development in the Fire & Rescue sector. We would like your comments during the development of these NOS.
  • Launch of Skills for Fire and Rescue

    August 2012
    Today sees the launch of Skills for Fire and Rescue, a new brand highlighting the work of Skills for Justice in the community safety sector.
  • Employer Ownership Fund

    March 2012
    The Government has announced a £250 million fund to improve workforce skills to drive jobs, productivity and growth over the next two years in England.
  • Careers Information - National Events

    February 2012
    Skills for Justice has created the Career Pathways portal. The portal has been developed with the support of Christie & Christie Ltd and Careers Writers Association.

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IPDS - Role specific development, life long competence

IPDS - Integrated Personal Development System

The IPDS supports Fire & Rescue Services to train and develop their staff to meet the changing demands that face the service. It also enables individuals to assess their development needs against a set of National Occupational Standards (NOS) and seek appropriate training and development opportunities. These range from practical skills such as driving, to managerial skills such as interview techniques.

The aim of IPDS is to reduce personal and organisational risk and to promote personal and organisational development.

Learning and Development / Organisational Competency Framework

Following the National Learning and Development Strategy report, published in 2011, work has started to develop an Organisational Competency Framework (OCF) which will consider:

  • Operational Competence
  • Outstanding Leadership
  • Professional Workforce
  • Organisational Excellence
  • Sustainable Workforce.

Within the OCF the plans are to take the best aspects of the IPDS and develop it into a strategic 'Competence Framework'. The first priority area of development within this new framework will be the Operational Competence. This area of work is being developed in conjunction with the CFOA National Operations Policy Committee. Paul Hancock, CFOA Operational Training Lead Officer, is leading the Task and Finish Group, together with valuable input from Skills for Justice and senior operational colleagues from Fire and Rescue Services.

What is on this website?

This website contains helpful documents and case studies to help services plan training, safety requirements and promotion for uniformed and non-uniformed staff. It contains mapping of the NOS from the NJC Rolemaps, new NOS and QCF units. There are also ADC, High Potential Learner and NFS materials available though these are accessible only by designated members of staff in each Fire & Rescue Service through logging into the website with a password. Some open access High Potential Learner documents are available under the Useful Documents area in Supporting Information.

Background Information
Code of Practice
PQAs and Bars

Links to PQAs and BARs documentation can be found on the Assessment Development Centres page.

Contact Us

For more information on the IPDS website and developments of the operational competence map please contact Andrea Brookes at andrea.brookes@skillsforjustice.com.