Our industry is ageing, and there is an urgent need to replace current practitioners as they begin to retire.
Competition for new entrants, and a diminishing existing workforce, is set to have a more significant impact on our industry than most others.
As current workers retire, expertise and knowledge in the industry could be lost, so there’s an urgency to encouraging more people to become fire protection practitioners before senior people depart.
The current process, whereby qualified but inexperienced practitioners are mentored by their managers, cannot succeed if fresh blood doesn’t join the industry.
FPA Australia is seeking to capture this experience before it is no longer available, by transforming our approach to training and education.
So what need to be done to encourage the fire practitioners of the future to see the industry as a career path?