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Steven Barnfield is on his way to realising his ambition of a job in industrial asset protection as one of ten apprentices selected for the second scheme run by Teesside-based CFB Risk Management.

The 27-year old from Hartlepool, studied for a BSc in applied sport and exercise science at university and was working temporarily in a restaurant when he saw the apprenticeship advertised and jumped at the opportunity.


The intensive 18-month apprenticeship was set up in 2015 by CFB Risk Management, the first company of its kind in the UK to be set up by a Fire Authority, and it leads to a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Industrial Emergency Fire Services Operations.

CFB Risk Management provides a range of industrial asset protection services to blue-chip companies operating in high hazard sectors that include chemical, oil and gas, petrochemical, nuclear and energy. Their biggest multi-million contract to date is to protect the £2.9 billion Sirius Minerals Mine project in Yorkshire.

The 10 North East apprentices currently on the second scheme are Steven Barnfield, Hartlepool; Aaron Davison and Brendan White from Middlesbrough; Jonathan Colclough, Newcastle; Liam Hodgson, Seaham; Jamie Scott and Daniel Wilkinson from Stockton; Joe Wattis, Acklam; Ross Boardman, Sedgefield and Alex Whitehill from Durham.

“I was so pleased to be selected as I knew there was a lot of competition for the apprenticeships,” said Steven. “I’m enjoying it a lot and we are already covering so many aspects from security and maintenance to emergency response and hands-on site experience. It is demanding but CFB Risk Management has unique expertise and experience and I know this qualification will give me numerous different opportunities to work in the sector.”

Steven is currently working alongside a graduate from CFB Risk Management’s first apprenticeship intake, 22 year old Jack McTiernan from Middlesbrough who is now a Site Protection Officer at the Ineos Nitriles site. CFB Risk Management provides 24/7 protection to Ineos, Navigator Terminals and Venator at their sites on Seal Sands.


“I had always wanted to be involved with the Fire Service,” said Jack, “and had just completed college when I read about this apprenticeship scheme starting. Over eighteen months we covered a lot of material and benefitted from hands-on experience and I’m now thoroughly enjoying the job.”

Barry Whitton, Emergency Capability Manager for CFB Risk Management at the Ineos Nitriles site, said: “Our apprenticeships have attracted hundreds of applications since they started and both the selection process and the apprenticeship itself are rigorous. The 10 apprentices in our first intake, aged up to 27 and from right across Teesside, were praised for their hard work and commitment. All are now employed, six of them working as Site Protection Officers on various sites with us.


“We have every confidence that this second group will do just as well. These apprenticeships not only provide valuable opportunities for young people in our local communities, giving them nationally recognised qualifications, but also help to create the specialist skills needed in this sector,” he added.


CFB Risk Management has announced the signing of multi-million pound contracts involving three of the world’s largest chemical, plastics and bulk storage companies with plants on Teesside.

The contracts will provide long-term Industrial Fire and Rescue services to INEOS Nitriles (UK) Limited, Navigator Terminals and Huntsman Tioxide at their neighbouring sites on Seal Sands. Under a Shared Service Agreement, CFB Risk Management will give the companies round-the-clock Asset Protection 24/7 whilst delivering added value and significant financial savings.

For CFB Risk Management the contract will safeguard 50 permanent jobs as well as creating new posts and boosting the company’s apprenticeship scheme with more opportunities for the young unemployed on Teesside. It will also bring further investment in equipment and resources to enhance the asset protection services on Teesside.

CFB Risk Management, set up in 2011, led the way as the first of its kind to be set up by a UK fire authority. It now has one of the largest workforces in the UK with the skills and competence to work in high hazard conditions.

Ian Hayton, CFB Risk Management’s Managing Director, said:

“We know that safety is an absolute top priority for these three global companies so we are delighted at the confidence they are showing in us. These are very significant contracts for us and a great opportunity. We believe that this shared model enables us to deliver the highest quality of service in the most cost-effective way bringing benefits to everyone.”

“The skills of our team are a major reason for our success and our vision of being internationally recognised for our specialist expertise and experience is being realised,” he added.

Gary Cawley, Technical Director, said:

“We have just completed an initial three-year contract with INEOS Nitriles (UK) Limited and are very pleased that it has been renewed with the addition of Navigator Terminals and Huntsman. It has taken more than 18 months of hard work and commitment to put this together and by passing on savings to our customers, it is helping to support businesses and employment on Teesside as well as boosting our own workforce.”

“Bringing together this cluster of businesses also brings benefits in terms of speed of response, pooled resources and expertise and allows us to build our capacity and capability,” he added.

The new contract comes on the back of recent growth for CFB Risk Management. It provides a range of risk management services from risk assessment and auditing, emergency planning and fire engineering to emergency response and training and exercising. Customers include blue-chip companies in high-hazard sectors such as oil and gas, power, petrochemical and nuclear that need to protect their people, plant, process and productivity.

Contracts in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, where an office has just been established in Abu Dhabi, are cementing CFB Risk Management’s position as a multi-million pound turnover global business with the profits returned into projects that improve safety for the Teesside community.