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Employee Representative of the Local Pension Board

Information

Reference:

Human Resources

Closing Date:

30 June 2021 at midnight

Category:

Support

Location:

Headquarters, Stocklake, Aylesbury, HP20 1BD

An excellent opportunity has arisen at Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service for an Employee Representative of the Local Pension Board. This role is based at Headquarters in Aylesbury.

Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority has an established Local Pension Board that assists the Authority in its role as ‘Scheme Manager’. This is in accordance with the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme Regulations and the governance arrangements for the Schemes.

The Local Pension Board must comprise an equal number of employer and employee representatives. Each representative on the Local Pension Board represents a significant number of Firefighter Pension Scheme members. Board members are required to have the capacity to understand the rules of the Scheme, laws relating to pensions and other such matters and will need to be familiar with the specifics of the Firefighters’ Pension Schemes as applied by the Authority.

It is important that appointed members of the Local Pension Board have the time to commit to attend quarterly Board meetings, undertake training and effectively represent the employees’ side on the Board.

This is a great opportunity for someone who would be interested in gaining wider knowledge and understanding of the Firefighters’ Pension Schemes.

Applications should be in the form of an expression of interest containing evidence that demonstrates your suitability for the role. In your expression of interest please detail “Why you are the ideal candidate for this role”.

Please download the expression of interest form below. The form should be returned to the employee Services helpdesk – email eshelpdesk@bucksfire.gov.uk

Equality of Opportunity

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service is an equal opportunity employer and applications from people of any colour, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status or disability are welcomed.


FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

I have a disability – can I apply for a Support Staff role?

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Yes you can. We welcome all applications. As part of the recruitment process, you will be asked if you have a disability, and asked to give details of the type of adjustments you may require in order to take part in the selection process and to fulfil the role you are applying for, should you be successful. Each case will be considered on an individual basis and, where reasonable adjustments can be made, your application will be progressed.

Do Support Staff receive a pension?

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Yes, our Support Staff are enrolled into a local government pension scheme, unless they choose to opt out.

Do you offer any work experience or volunteering opportunities?

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Yes. Although we do not offer operational work experience opportunities, we do have a number of Support Staff work experience roles available. However, this is dependent on the department you wish to work in.

Unfortunately, we do not offer volunteering opportunities.

Are there any apprentice opportunities available?

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Yes. Apprentice opportunities are listed on the Jobs page when they become available.

Are Support Staff members eligible for any employee benefits?

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Yes, there are many benefits to being a member of the Support Staff team, these include but are not limited to:
– Free on-site gyms
– Free on-site parking
– Employee assistance programme
– Childcare vouchers/tax-free childcare
– Annual leave entitlement
– Maternity/paternity leave
– Pension scheme
– Ride to work bicycle scheme

Would I receive a pension as a Support Staff employee?

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Yes, you would be enrolled into a local government pension scheme.

Do you check if your employees have a criminal record?

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We undertake Disclosure and Barring Checks for employees in all front facing roles, and where:
– Employees are new to the Authority and appointed to a role where a check is necessary
– When existing employees move into a role where a check is necessary and do not have an in-date check
– As part of the three yearly renewal process for all employees with enhanced checks
During the three-year period, if there is anything relevant, employees are required to declare it.

My faith requires me to fast; can I still apply for Support Staff roles?

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Yes, you can still fast, but it is important that all members of the Service are able to perform their core role while on duty. We encourage staff who choose to fast to discuss it with their line manager. Employees have a responsibility for being fit for duty and, where fasting has affected a member of staff adversely, they must tell their manager immediately.

What are the working hours for Support Staff roles?

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Contractual hours of work for Support Staff employees are 37 hours a week. Their normal pattern of work is agreed with their line manager, and can be varied to meet service requirements following appropriate consultation with the employee.