Learning Centre

Welcome to the Fire Brigades Union Learning Centre


The FBU's National Learning Centre takes 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, Nutrition, Health, Social Care, Business Administration, Team Leading and Apprenticeships..

Our Distance Learning courses, can be worked through at your own pace, within agreed timescales, to achieve recognised qualifications; accredited by NCFE, CACHE, TQUK 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!

Lara Scott can help you with all queries or issues relating to the Learning Centre and can support you with Functional Skills,  IT and VRQ 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 621215




Lara Scott

Role: Learning Centre Team Leader and Learning Delivery Tutor
01670 621215
07917 759474
Email: lara.scott@northumberland.gov.uk

Tracy Lillico

Role: Learning Support
01670 621212
Email: tracy.lillico@northumberland.gov.uk
Mark Dunne

Mark Dunne

Role: FBU Project Manager
Email: mark.dunne@fbu.org.uk

Marzena Marzec

Role: Learning Centre Finance
01670 621211
Email: marzena.marzec@fbu.org.uk

Helen Gagliasso

Role: Learning Centre Apprenticeship Coordinator
01670 621213
Email: helen.gagliasso@fbu.org.uk

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