Interview with Chris Ricketts CMIOSH, MIIRSM, TIFireE Chartered Health and Safety Practitioner and OSHCR Registered Consultant
Make your next career move with training from the FPA
The Fire Protection Association (FPA) has been providing training courses for over 40 years and delivers one of the most comprehensive ranges of fire safety training courses in the UK.
We offer approximately 70 different courses covering topics such as fire safety management, fire safety engineering, fire risk assessment, maintenance of fire extinguishers and fire detection systems. Opportunities to achieve well recognised qualifications in fire safety and access to professional membership are also available.
We asked one of our recent students, Chris Ricketts, to tell us more about his path to a new career through resettlement training, and how the FPA helped to get him to where he is now.
Can you tell us a about your military background?
I joined in 1999 as an infantry soldier. I served 8 years and reached the dizzy heights of Lance Corporal in rank serving most of my career as a team leader.
When you came to leave the Forces did you have a fixed idea of what you wanted to do in civvy street?
No, but what I did know was I needed a job that engaged my brain, which offered different challenges and offered the opportunity to have a variety in work tasks during day-to-day activities. The Army has a great resettlement program and it was good that I knew I wanted to pick a career and set of qualifications that would make me very employable.
Did you do any resettlement training? If so, what courses, with what organisations? What was your experience of this?
For resettlement I completed the following:
- ILM Introductory Diploma in Management Level 5
- NEBOSH Certificate
- IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management
My resettlement courses provided the foundation from which I have progressed to a Chartered Health & Safety Practitioner. After leaving the Forces I worked for West Midlands Police as a H&S Coordinator where I essentially learned my trade as a Safety Professional. I completed the following courses as well:
- City & Guilds Level 4 NVQ in Occupational Health & Safety Practice
- Fire Risk Assessment
- Fire Risk Assessment and Fire Safety Management (with the Fire Protection Association)
I now work for SKM Enviros as a Health, Safety and Fire Consultant. I have achieved my CMIOSH with IOSH, full member status with the International Institute of Risk & Safety Managers (MIIRSM), got accepted onto the new Government’s Safety Consultants list (OSHCR register safety consultant) and achieved Technician Grade with the Institute of Fire Engineers.
What is your next career move?
I am happy as a consultant! I am currently completing the CFPA Europe Diploma in Fire Prevention with the FPA and will hopefully move on to the Advanced Diploma afterwards. I have no intentions of moving on at the minute as I work for a global company who are a fantastic employer and have helped finance my development and push me to be a better Safety professional.
Do you have any advice for those on resettlement at the moment who are weighing up their options?
- Acquire a unique skill that makes you attractive in the job market. In my case it is my Safety qualifications and my CMIOSH and Tech IFE grade with renowned safety institutions.
- Be flexible and work from the bottom up if necessary. I took a job as a safety professional with the Police and the pay was awful. However it served as my apprenticeship and allowed me to gain valuable experience in my field to progress onto bigger and better things.
- Constantly develop through education and be open to new experiences. Apart from my resettlement courses all of my other qualifications were done in my own time. Initially it is hard work but the benefits are long-term and worth the effort.
- Be certain of what you want to do when you leave the Forces! The Army is a great way of life and a respected job, don’t give it up lightly unless you are certain of the direction you want to take. There is an old Army saying, the '7Ps' - Prior Planning and Preparation Prevent a Poor Performance.
Interview with Chris Ricketts CMIOSH, MIIRSM, TIFireE
Chartered Health and Safety Practitioner and OSHCR Registered Consultant
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I am happy as a consultant! I am currently completing the CFPA Europe Diploma in Fire Prevention with the FPA and will hopefully move on to the Advanced Diploma afterwards.