It’s been widely reported over the past decade that ‘blue light’ services face a continued period of budget cuts and simultaneously, are expected to improve services holistically whilst responding to a changing ‘world of work’.
Sir Ken Knight, CBE QFSM FIFireE, and Fire Minister, Brandon Lewis, have both written and spoken at length about the challenges facing ‘blue light services’, concluding that agility, seeking greater efficiency and shared resources are key to maintaining standards:
“Police and Fire and Rescue Services continue to face cuts in funding. They have risen to the challenge, managing to cut costs while maintaining high standards of service. As the pressure on funding continues to bite the need for transformation and efficiency is greater than ever.”
Extract from a speech made by Fire Minister, Brandon Lewis
Decentralisation and Autonomy versus Centralised Services
Decentralisation and Autonomy versus Centralised Services is a growing hot topic in the sector. Many local departments and services are striving to demonstrate the ability to stay in control of their own destiny and, in turn, their own budget and achievements.
People are the indisputable core of blue light services. Without the commitment of those who work in the sector (both front line and back office staff), delivering the services through a period of austerity would be impossible.
Recruitment technology and ensuring a good return on investment
When it comes to recruiting, the service must balance agility, create efficiencies and shared resources. There are security challenges, rigorous screening and onboarding steps that are all underpinned with strict compliance requirements.
Procuring and implementing the best recruitment technology is part of the solution. However, to secure funding there is also a need to justify the value of new technology and what the expected return on investment would be.
From our own experience of working with blue light organisations in Jobtrain, we have developed existing functionality and created new features in our applicant tracking system – all designed to help our clients meet their end goal in the most efficient way. Our clients often come from a lengthy and challenging recruitment process to an engaging experience for candidates, where not only skill but aptitude and cultural fit are tested along the way.
What features to look out for
Using a two-stage application process is an easier way to engage candidates. The Isle of Man Government’s candidate satisfaction scorerocketed after implementingthis