2014 BSIA Apprentice Installer Awards: open for nominations

Nominations are now open for the 2014 Apprentice Installer Awards which recognise the brightest and best emerging talent in the electronic security sector.

Awarded annually by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), the awards serve to acknowledge the achievements of second and third year apprentices involved in the installation of alarms, CCTV, access control or a combination of these systems.

They also represent the commitment of security companies and training bodies alike in providing emerging talent with the opportunity to succeed in the security sector.

Open to all apprentices – including non-BSIA member companies – the awards will be presented during a glittering ceremony at the BSIA’s Annual Luncheon. The event will take place on 16 July 2014 at the London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane.

Jack Finley is presented with his 2013 Apprentice Installer Award by Commander Steve Rodhouse of the Metropolitan Police Service

Jack Finley is presented with his 2013 Apprentice Installer Award by Commander Steve Rodhouse of the Metropolitan Police Service

The awards are open to apprentice installers from security companies certified for their activities by a UKAS accredited certification body. As stated, apprentices are eligible for nomination if they are involved in the installation of alarms, access control or CCTV.

The scheme is designed for third year and particularly outstanding second year apprentices. Individuals can also be nominated by the college where they are studying.

Long-term career in security

James Kelly, CEO of the BSIA, commented: “Recognising the skills of the security world’s newest recruits is essential in encouraging them to commit to a more long-term career in the sector. This also helps in safeguarding the future of our industry and ensuring that individuals’ commitment to customer service and technological expertise are suitably rewarded.”

James Kelly: CEO at the BSIA

James Kelly: CEO at the BSIA

Sponsoring the awards for the fourth year running is electronic security equipment manufacturer Pyronix, whose chairman and CEO Julie Kenny CBE DL is a passionate supporter of apprenticeships.

“As the cost of university education has increased dramatically in the last few years,” explained Kenny, “there has never been a better time for the security sector to appeal to the younger generation who want to work, develop a career and earn money. As an industry, we need to highlight the opportunities available and target keen, young applicants prepared to influence our sector.”

Julie Kenny CBE DL

Julie Kenny CBE DL

Kenny continued: “Brought up in the ‘permanently connected age’, these apprentices have the user experience to push and assist with the transformation of technologies in our industry that customers will be demanding. We at Pyronix are therefore delighted to be sponsoring the Apprentice Installer Awards as we believe their input will be invaluable to help installers drive and control customer-driven technologies acrfoss the intruder market within the next few years.”

How to submit an entry for the Apprentice Installer Awards 2014

Companies interested in nominating their apprentice(s) for this year’s Apprentice Installer Awards can do so by downloading a nomination form via the following link: bit.ly/1buHdjv

The deadline for nominations is Friday 11 April 2014

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