ASFP shortlisted for membership engagement and skills development awards

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The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has been shortlisted for two awards in the Trade Association Forum’s (TAF’s) Best Practice Awards – the Membership Engagement Award and the Skills Development Award.

The Awards, which are supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, recognise, reward and promote best practice among trade associations in the UK.


ASFPTV, the ASFP’s YouTube channel, has been shortlisted for the Membership Engagement Award as the channel’s depth, breadth of programming, reach, capacity to engage and ability to inform has been recognised for improving ASFP’s member engagement. The platform has been used to a high level with the development of five distinct series that split content into technical information, ASFP news, and member-based content.

ASFPTV has helped make content more digestible, accessible, engaging and understandable for members. It has given members a platform that they can use to advertise and find new audiences, while allowing the ASFP to quickly get information out to members, and the wider industry, keeping everyone up to date with the latest news.

Competence Pathway

The ASFP’s Competency Pathway has made the shortlist for the Skills Development Award. The ASFP has developed a series of passive fire protection training courses, across multiple platforms which culminate in the establishment of a full Competency Pathway for passive fire protection. This will be aligned to the RIBA Plan of Works for the design and construction process and reflect the SKEB (Skills, Knowledge, Experience and Behaviours) across all associated stakeholders.

The Competency Pathway is ASFP’s proactive response to the Grenfell disaster and recognises the need to improve all areas of SKEB across the entire design, product development, procurement, installation, and sign off process for passive fire protection systems.

‘Member engagement has grown by 40%’

ASFP Business Manager Mike Ward commented: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for these two prestigious awards, which clearly recognise the ASFP’s dedication to improving and developing the services we offer to our members. These initiatives have already delivered huge dividends and are a testament to the continued commitment and enthusiasm of the ASFP team.

“Member engagement has grown by 40% over the last two years and our comprehensive training courses ensure that our members can widen and evidence their skills. Our qualifications framework allows ASFP members and others to clearly demonstrate their competence. Once fully developed, our Competency Pathway will offer a clear route for all working in the design and construction sector to achieving the appropriate competency in passive fire protection.”

The Award winners will be announced at a ceremony at The Brewery, London on 23 February.

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