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Lifelong Learning & Education

Working on the frontline and at home are testing times for all of us but in these circumstances where a sense of routine and looking after our Mental Health are of vital importance  it’s hoped that through Learning we may be able to achieve a small sense of normality. If it means a little assistance can be given in home schooling or on a more personal level then every little helps.

SFRS with FBU are working together with STUC in a Project of Education and Lifelong Learning and may be able to arrange courses which can be of benefit to SFRS Employees.

This Project is in it’s infancy however some employees have already been introduced to this project and completed courses in a classroom environment.

To date we have run courses across the 3 SDA’s in :-

·         Mental Health Awareness

·         Menopause

·         Microsoft Office 365

·         Spanish

·         Cycle Maintenance

Requests have already been submitted for courses in :-

·         British sign Language

·         Minute Taking

·         First Aid

·         Mental Health for Children and Young People

·         Languages

In our current climate steps have therefore been taken by the Project to introduce Distance Learning to assist each Employee in whichever way we can. Currently there are planned Distance Learning courses through Video Conferencing with the tutors in Spanish and British Sign Language, at this time places are limited as course participation numbers are small but additional courses can be organised if there is sufficient demand.

For any enquiries or to suggest further courses please contact Project Support Organiser Kim Ferguson :-

email: or Mobile 07985 647421


Current Courses


Tollcross Fire Station, Ponton St., Edinburgh

Blackness Rd Fire Station, Dundee 

Limited spaces are available on the above Course dates please send your details for registration to your local ULR or to your PSO


Blackness Road Fire Station, Dundee

Office 365

FBU / SFRS Union Learning with City of Glasgow College have produced a 1 day Training Course to give you a better understanding of Microsoft Office 365 which can be delivered by College Tutors at a convenient local location and time to suit the learners!

If you would like to register your interest for these courses then please contact your Union Learning Project Organiser :- Kim Ferguson via e-mail at or call on 07985 647421

British Sign Language

Expressions of interest have been made for a short course in Glasgow to cover introductory British Sign Language being run by FBU Region 1 Union Learning. Plans are now being put in place to run a 5 week course for 2 hours per week which will align with shift patterns beginning in Spring 2020

If you would like to register your interest then please confirm you are able to attend and commit to the sessions to Kim Ferguson via e-mail at or call on 07985 647421

CYCLE MAINTENANCE COURSE – Availability update !

***All Courses will run 09:30–16:30hrs and lunch will be provided at Tollcross and Newcraighall courses ***

Maryhill Fire Station 

Calton Fire Station      

Dumbarton Fire Station

Tollcross Fire Station

Falkirk Fire Station

Newcraighall Training Centre            

Glasgow Electric Bike Centre will be running the above courses through FBU / STUC Union Learning. This is an introductory course which can lead to an accredited Velotech Bike Mechanic qualification (further progression to this Accreditation maybe be sought through Union Learning). 

 All you need to do is email your registration details as below and then turn up with your bike to your nearest/ preferred location.                                      

Introduction to Spanish

This course will run for 2 hours per week and last for 5 weeks. This course can develop onto intermediate or advanced courses if there is enough interest to do so

Greenock Fire Station

Contact Kim Ferguson email:  Mobile 07985 647421

Maryhill Fire Station

Contact Kim Ferguson email:  Mobile 07985 647421


All SFRS Employees- 

Very limited availability left on the above Courses so please send your details for registration to your local ULR or to  your PSO with any dietary requirements.

(if you have already completed course request forms then your place is secure, but you must confirm by email that you will be attending and include any dietary/allergy information )


Learning fund

Hi, I’m Kim Ferguson, I’ve recently been appointed as the FBU Union learning Fund Project Support Organiser for Scotland.

Region 1 has not had the opportunity nor access to Union Lead Learning for several years, however that has now been rectified with a successful bid by the FBU to secure funding from the Scottish Government through STUC.

The Union Learning Role is to promote lifelong learning throughout Scotland, through the partnerships with the Service and Education providers we aim to offer both accredited and non-accredited courses to every SFRS employee, FBU members and non-members and their families.

This newly funded Project aims to re-introduce Union Led Learning to all SFRS employees and their families and friends. These learning courses will enable people to attend courses which will be at suitable, convenient locations and at times to accommodate all shift patterns ensuring equal learning opportunities for everyone.

With the Regional Educational & Learning Organiser (RELO) Ian McGregor we are looking for volunteers to take on the role of ‘Union Learning Reps’ for their workplace to assist in the re-introduction this Union Lead Learning within SFRS. If you think this is something you might be interested in please contact myself or Ian at the contact details below. The role does not involve taking on other FBU roles, only in an Educational manner to collate information from your colleagues about what courses they would be interested in and helping to complete registration forms. ULR’s will be allocated Trade Union Leave to attend events and Development days.

More information will be issued regarding this new project as it becomes available within the Region 1 News and Update items.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us on the details below.

If you would like a Station/Workplace visit please contact PSO Kim Ferguson at the email address below to arrange a suitable time.




Scottish Union Learning Project Support Organiser – Kim Ferguson   -  07985 647 421




  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service


Kim Ferguson

Role: Scottish Union Learning Project Support Organiser
07985 647 421

Ian McGregor

Role: RELO
07801 575 224

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