My name is Claire Wealleans and I manage the National Fire Brigades Union Learning Centre based in the North East. I have been in the role since 2003 and take great pride in delivering high quality learning provision for FBU Members and their families and ensuring that they have a positive learning experience.
The FBU has a growing network of learning centres throughout England that provide you with access to laptops, personal computers and learning resources and deliver accredited courses and learning opportunities .
FBU Learning Centres can currently be found at the following locations:
Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service, West Hartford Community Fire Station
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service , Speke Fire Station
London Fire Brigade, Head Quarters
Nottingham Fire and Rescue Service
West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, FSHQ Training Centre, Birkenshaw
Greater Manchester F&RS, Cassidy Close Training Centre
The FBU learning centres work in partnership with Further Education providers to deliver a range of courses and recognised qualifications in IT, Maths, English, preparation for life and employability, Health, Social Care and Team Leading.
Our Distance Learning courses, can be worked through at your own pace, within agreed timescales, to achieve recognised qualifications; accredited by NCFE, and the BCS . All courses allow you the option to learn at your local FBU learning centre, at home, at work and at a time, day or night that suits you!
Our Learning Centre Staff and Project Support Organisers can also provide Information, Advice & Guidance to help you make the right decision on accessing new learning opportunities. If you are not sure about your first step back into learning or need help making the right decision about your next course or qualification then we can help you; we can also provide information that will help guide you to the right learning provider. Just contact our National Learning Centre Staff or your local Project Support Organiser and we can arrange a face to face meeting or discuss via telephone or even Skype!
Alessia Di Meo can support you with Maths and English, Lara Scott can support you with IT and Distance Learning courses whilst giving you quality information and guidance. Helen Gagliasso can support you with course apprenticeships including the PT Level 3 and Tracy Lillico can support you with Distance Learning administrative queries. Our team of Union Learning Representatives will support you locally to ensure that you complete the course successfully.
We welcome everyone to all the FBU learning centres over the age of 18, who is a member of a trade union, their immediate family, an employee within a company where trade unions are recognised and the wider Fire and Rescue Service Community.
The Learning Centres have internet access and are equipped with computers, laptops and numerous learning resources. Private rooms are available for one to one interviews and personal tuition. Courses are computer or work book based, but don't let that bother you! Where appropriate, our tutor led sessions and tutorials give you a blended approach to your learning to ensure that we accommodate your learning style and are given all the support you need!
Please contact your local union learning representatives to arrange a convenient date and time for an appointment or alternatively call or email
T: 01670 621216