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21095 – Mean scores for the online tests

Ref: FOI/21095

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 7th August 2021.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

I am writing to see if you can also provide mean scores for the online tests (numerical, verbal and mechanical), or a composited, by country of origin (or nationality if not possible)

I would need sample sizes and means for the last year available.

Reply

Please see below:

FOI21095
Mean scores 1.0 Download

For service complaints, issues or comments regarding this request please contact The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following link: https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.

 

21092 – Apprenticeships

Ref: FOI/21092 

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST 

I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested further to your freedom of information request. 

Please find below a summary of our findings. 

Request 

What is the annual Apprenticeship Levy? 

Reply 

The total Levy declared for the 2020/2021 Financial Year was £331,052.00 

The 10% top up for the 2021/2021 Financial Year was £33,031.66 

Request 

How much Levy do you currently use? 

Reply 

WMFS used £3905.61 of the Levy in July 2021. 

The total Levy used for the 2020/2021 Financial Year was £122,276.00 

Request 

How many Apprentices do you currently have? 

Reply 

WMFS currently has 30 apprentices. 

Request 

What training providers do you use? 

Reply 

Arden University Limited 

Birmingham Metropolitan College 

Coventry University 

Encompass Consultancy Limited 

Instep UK Limited 

Performance Through People 

South & City College Birmingham 

SR Supply Chain Consultants Limited 

Walsall College 

Request 

What Apprenticeship standards do you use? 

Reply 

Adult Care Worker, Level 2 

Assistant Accountant, Level 3 

Business Administrator, Level 2 

Business Administrator, Level 3 

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, Level 6 

Coaching Professional, Level 5 

Commercial Procurement and Supply, Level 4 

Customer Service Practitioner, Level 2 

Heavy Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician, Level 3 

Operations/Departmental Manager, Level 5 

Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship, Level 7 

Team Leader/Supervisor, Level 3 

Vehicle Maintenance and Repair: Auto Electrics/Mobile Electrics, Level 3 

Vehicle Maintenance and Repair: Heavy Vehicle, Level 2 

Vehicle Maintenance and Repair: Heavy Vehicle, Level 3 

Request 

How many IT Apprentices do you have? 

Reply 

WMFS currently has 0 IT apprentices.  

Request 

Who is the best contact for Apprentices? 

Reply 

With regards for the contact details of responsible persons, WMFS operates a single point of contact policy and callers are directed via HQ general contacts on 0330 058 9000. The call will be directed to the person with responsibility for the specific service. There is a direct email address for Apprenticeships email: Apprenticeships@wmfs.net    

Furthermore, guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office is as follows: 

  • The presumption is in favour of protecting privacy, so the release of personal information will only be fair if there is a genuine reason to disclose. This involves a three-stage test. A public authority will generally have to satisfy itself that: 
  • There is a legitimate interest in disclosure; 
  • The legitimate interest can only be met, or fully met, by the disclosure of information which identifies individuals (i.e. the disclosure is necessary to that purpose); and, the disclosure would not involve unwarranted detriment to the individual’s privacy or other rights and legitimate interests. 
  • You can find out more about FOI exemptions from the Information Commissioner’s Office. This will explain which one or more of the FOI exemptions applies, and tell you how to appeal if you disagree with our decision. 

If you have any queries about this Freedom of Information request, please contact us. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.  

For service complaints, issues or comments regarding this request please contact The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW 

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following link: https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF. 

21045 – IT Strategy Plan

Ref: FOI/21045 

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST 

I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested further to your freedom of information request. 

Please find below a summary of our findings. 

Request 

  1. ICT/IM&T/IS Strategy- The IT department strategy or plans, highlights their current and future objectives. 

Reply 

This information is exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as this information is reasonably accessible to the requestor. Information concerning ICT/IM&T/IS Strategy can be found on West Midlands Fire Service website at the following link: https://www.wmfs.net/foi-entry/foi20062/  

Request  

  1. ICT Org Chart- A visual document that presents the structure of the IT department, please include name and job titles. If this cannot be sent, please work towards a structure with job titles. 

Reply  

Please see attached. 

FOI21045
IT Structure 1.0 Download

Request 

  1. ICT Annual or Business Plan- Like the ICT strategy but is more annually focused. 

Reply 

This information is exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as this information is reasonably accessible to the requestor. Information concerning our business plan can be found in the plan add in here where it can be found , this is published on West Midlands Fire Service website at the following link: https://www.wmfs.net/our-plan/ 

Request 

  1. ICT Capital Programme/budget- A document that shows financials budget on current and future projects. 

Reply 

This information is exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as this information is reasonably accessible to the requestor. Information concerning  ICT Capital Programme/budget can be found on West Midlands Fire Service Committee Management Information Service website at the following link: 

https://wmfs.cmis.uk.com/cmis5/Meetings/tabid/73/ctl/ViewMeetingPublic/mid/410/Meeting/3028/Committee/580/SelectedTab/Documents/Default.aspx 

Please go down to Appendix J for the information. 

 

If you have any queries about this Freedom of Information request, please contact us. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.  

For service complaints, issues or comments regarding this request please contact The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW 

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following link: https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF. 

21043 – Number of Employees (March ’20 – March ’21)

Ref: FOI/21043 

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST 

I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested further to your freedom of information request. 

Please find below a summary of our findings. 

Request 

1) How many people were employed by the fire and rescue service (headcount) in the following roles on 31 March 2020: 

   Headcount 
Wholetime    
Retained    
Control    
Support    
Total    
     
Wholetime-retained    

Reply 

  Headcount 
Wholetime   1404 
Retained   0 
Control   65 
Support   422 
Total   1891 
     
Wholetime-retained  51 

 

Request 

2) How many people were employed by the fire and rescue service (headcount) in the following roles on 31 March 2021: 

   Headcount 
Wholetime    
Retained    
Control    
Support    
Total    
     
Wholetime-retained   

 

Reply 

  Headcount 
Wholetime   1398 
Retained   0 
Control   65 
Support   434 
Total   1897 
     
Wholetime-retained  57 

If you have any queries about this Freedom of Information request, please contact us. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.  

For service complaints, issues or comments regarding this request please contact The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW 

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following link: https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF. 

21040 – Whistleblowers

Ref: FOI/21040 

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST 

 I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested further to your freedom of information request. 

Please find below a summary of our findings. 

Request 

  1. How many reports did you receive fromwhistleblowersin 2019 and in 2020? 

Reply 

The last report that was presented to the Audit Committee noted that there have been no allegations of whistle blowing reported through the Whistle Blowing Policy (S0 2/20) 

Request 

  1. How many people do you have in your organisation that are trained/permitted to take reports fromwhistleblowers?

Reply 

The Strategic Enabler – People has overall responsibility for the maintenance and operation of this policy. This officer maintains a record of concerns raised and the outcomes (but in a form which does not endanger the complainant’s confidentiality) and will report as necessary to the Service and Fire Authority.  

In total there are 13 SET members who are permitted to take reports from Whistle Blowers and they are then supported by the PSS Business Partners who are also trained in line with the policy. 

Request 

  1. What training have the people in question number 2 received in whistleblowing?

Reply 

The policy is very informative and provides clear guidance and is clear on the sign posting to the Strategic Enabler of People. I can also confirm that the Whistle Blowing policy goes through a formal 3-year review through JCC which includes managers, Trade Unions and PSS Business Partners. 

Request 

  1. What cost, if any, was there for this training?

Reply 

N/A 

Request 

  1. Which organisation delivered each course?

Reply 

N/A 

Request 

  1. What is the name of the person that arranged this training and what is their email address?

Reply 

Further detail about individual incidents is classed as personal data and therefore attracts a Section 40(2) exemption under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Disclosure of the information may cause damage and distress to the individuals involved so would therefore be unfair to disclose it and contravene principles of the Data Protection Act 2018. 

Request 

  1. What methods do you have for whistleblowers to contact a person that is authorised to take their report and what are the specific details of these, i.e., email addresses, telephone numbers etc? 

Reply 

If the matter relates to any fraudulent or corrupt activity, concerns should be raised in accordance with procedures detailed in the 0122 Anti-Fraud Corruption and Bribery Policy. 

 If the complainant wishes to raise or discuss any issues which might fall into the above category then the complainant should contact a member of Strategic Enabling Team (SET), the Treasurer or the Clerk to the Fire Authority, who will be required by WMFS to treat the matter in confidence. 

 Where possible, the complainant should raise their complaint in writing setting out the background and history of the concern giving names, dates and places where possible and the reason why the complainant is particularly concerned about the situation. If the complainant does not feel able to put the concern in writing, then the complainant can discuss the concerns verbally with a member of the SET, or the Treasurer/ 151 Officer or the Clerk to the Fire Authority. 

The complainant may invite a member of the trade union representative body or a work colleague to be present during any meetings or interviews in connection with the concerns raised. 

Where a concern relates to a Brigade Manager or SET Manager, then either the Strategic Enabler People (as Responsible Officer), or Deputy Chief Fire Officer or Chief Fire Officer, as appropriate, should be contacted in the first instance. Satinder Sahota as the Monitoring Officer role for the Fire Authority. The Monitoring Officer may be contacted via email Satinder.sahota@wmfs.net. 

The Treasurer to the Fire Authority may be contacted on 0121 380 6919. The Clerk to the Fire Authority may contacted on 0121 380 6678. Address for the Treasurer and the Clerk to the Fire Authority is: West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW. 

Concerns expressed anonymously are much less powerful, but will be considered at the discretion of the Strategic Enabler – People. 

Request 

  1. What are the email addresses for the people authorised to receivewhistleblowerreports? 

Reply 

WMFS Chief Fire Officer – phil.loach@wmfs.net 

WMFS Deputy Chief Fire Officer – Wayne.brown@wmfs.net 

WMFS Strategic Enabling Team members – _StrategicEnablingTeam@wmfs.net 

WMFS Treasurer – Mike.Griffiths@wmfs.net 

WMFS Clerk to the Authority – Karen.Gowreesunker@wmfs.net 

The Authority’s Monitoring Officer – Satinder.sahota@wmfs.net 

Request 

  1. How manywhistleblowershave left the organisation within 12 months of making a report? 

Reply 

None 

Request

  1. How manywhistleblowershave made an allegation of ‘detriment’ against your organisation? 

Reply 

None 

If you have any queries about this Freedom of Information request, please contact us. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications. 

For service complaints, issues or comments regarding this request please contact The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW 

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following link: https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF. 

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