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Tavcom Training and Banham Academy offer BTEC Level 3 training pathway to Trailblazer apprentices

Tavcom Training has partnered with the Banham Academy to provide a professional training pathway for apprentices on the new Trailblazer scheme. The Trailblazer apprenticeship standard for the fire, security and emergency systems industry is approved by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Now, Banham Academy and Tavcom Training are going further with the inclusion of professional qualifications.

The BTEC Level 3 courses developed by Tavcom Training deliver comprehensive security training during the three-year apprenticeship through a combination of online and classroom teaching, practical exercises, assessments and examinations.

Paul Tennent CTSP, executive director at Tavcom Training, stated: “Working in partnership with the Banham Academy, we’re ensuring that apprentices gain an essential understanding of theory combined with practical industry experience to kick-start their careers. Meanwhile, the security industry benefits from a steady stream of fully-trained and qualified engineers at the end of the process.”

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Kevin Faulkner (left) and Paul Tennent

The first cohort of Banham Academy Trailblazer apprentices has already embarked on the BTEC Level 3 training pathway. Kevin Faulkner, the Banham Academy’s operations director, explained: “We’re delighted to be working alongside Tavcom Training to ensure quality materials and practices are available to support the delivery of our apprenticeships. Achieving the Tavcom qualifications is a great way to measure the progress of our learners, while the accreditation provided motivates them on the pathway towards completing their apprenticeship. ”

Paul Tennent concluded: “We’re proud to be supporting young engineers and helping to bring new and fully-qualified talent to the sector. We also believe it’s vital that, ultimately, all Trailblazer participants have a level playing field on which to compete. Our aim is to raise standards in general across the scheme.”

*For further details on the Banham Academy Trailblazer apprenticeship scheme visit www.banham.co.uk/banham-group-trailblazer-apprenticeship/

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Nortech recognised for quality management standards compliance with ISO 9001 re-certification

People and vehicle access control system solutions specialist Nortech has recently been recognised as complying with the latest ISO 9001 standard. Nortech is proud of its approach to solutions engineering that’s designed to ensure quality and reliability in both its products and services.

The updated 2015 version of the ISO 9001 standard recognises businesses for their effective quality management and requires them to demonstrate that they can meet the regulatory requirements and apply the system effectively to benefit their customers. Receiving re-certification shows that Nortech is prepared for any current and future challenges.

The company’s managing director Steve Blackler commented: “I would like to express my thanks to our fantastic team and to our loyal customers. Nortech continues to thrive and it’s our job to make sure we satisfy our customers’ expectations and that we’re doing what we should as a business such that we continue to grow.”

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Nortech’s technical director Amer Hafiz with the ISO 9001 certificate

Nortech has also recently started an apprenticeship scheme and just welcomed its first new addition to the technical production team.

As an independent British company, Nortech has supplied products and solutions to the security industry for over 25 years. The business uses extensive experience and expertise to create new security products designed to fit its myriad clients’ needs and designs everything with the customer very much in mind. 

New product catalogue

Nortech has also recently introduced a new 24-page product catalogue to help specifiers find the right products for their projects. The catalogue has been divided into four product categories: Access Control, Readers and ID Devices, Long-Range Identification and Vehicle Detection and Parking.

The Access Control section covers all of Nortech’s best-selling access system ranges including standalone control devices for managing one or two doors, plus the fully-online Norpass access management system.

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The Readers and ID Devices section highlights an extensive choice of 125 KHz proximity, 13.5 MHz smart card and 865 MHz UHF technology readers, whereas the Long-Range Identification section features Nedap’s popular Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR), ANPR HD, uPass Reach, uPass Target and TRANSIT Ultimate readers.

The final section covers vehicle detection and parking. This includes Nortech’s popular inductive loop detectors range, FeeMaster Smart and the NorParc Counting system (including VMS counting signs).

*The new catalogue can be downloaded by visiting the company’s website at https://www.nortechcontrol.com/media/39014/2018-product-catalogue-1802.pdf

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Apprentice Installer Awards winners set the bar high in 2017

The British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) Annual Luncheon on Wednesday 12 July played host to the prestigious Apprentice Installer Awards, where one overall winner and two joint runners-up received awards for their achievements.

The Apprentice Installer Awards recognise the academic and practical successes of Level Two and Level Three apprentices involved in the installation of alarms, CCTV, access control or a combination of these systems.

As well as rewarding the accomplishments of bright young apprentices, the awards also highlight the commitment of security companies and training providers alike in providing young talent with the opportunity to succeed in the security industry.

Overall winner in 2017

This year’s overall winner is Corrie Stewart, a 21 year-old student from New College Lanarkshire who’s presently in the third year of her apprenticeship with Connelly Security Systems.

Stewart has been impressing her peers and tutors at every level of her apprenticeship, being nominated for the award for her attention to detail and overall skill set.

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In his nomination, David Scott (curriculum and quality leader for the built environment and electronic fire and security at New College Lanarkshire), explained that Corrie “is performing well beyond her years in terms of understanding systems and system circuitry.”

Stewart has been excelling in both the theory and practical elements of her apprenticeship, completing 12 units of her qualification with a 90% pass mark or more. Although a third year apprentice, Stewart is already out on her own running her own fire and security jobs, which include installation and maintenance visits to British and European Standards. Her fantastic interpersonal skills means she never leaves a customer until they’re comfortable with and compliant in using the systems.

Talking about her award, Stewart enthused: “I’m incredibly proud to have won this award. I’ve absolutely loved my apprenticeship with New College Lanarkshire and Connelly Security Systems. It has been hard work, but my determination has paid off and I cannot wait to see where it takes me next.”

Stewart went on to add: “The apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to enhance my skills, gain valuable experience and work with those who have vast experience in the industry. The programme offers a varied career that requires skills and problem-solving and you face different challenges every day. I’m really proud of my success in such a male-dominated industry, but I can already see the industry changing and I’m delighted to hear that there’s another female apprentice in first year now.”

Runners-up in 2017

The joint runners-up in the year’s Apprentice Installer Awards are Callum Walker and Craig McAdorey (both third year apprentices with Kings Security). They were joint runners-up as their nominations were scored so closely by the judges that it was impossible to decide between the two.

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21 year-old Walker was referred to the apprenticeship scheme at Kings Security by a friend, and has been excelling as a technical support apprentice ever since. Joining a team of over a dozen technical support engineers, all of them with a great amount of experience gained within the security industry, Walker has had the confidence and aptitude to speak out in group conversations and express his ideas, quickly gaining him the respect of the rest of the Kings Security team.

Lee Kerry, head of services at Kings Security, nominated Walker for the award and praised him in particular for the fact that he’s also always looking to broaden his technical knowledge, identifying new online courses and even completing some in his own personal time.

“I’d like to thank Kings Security for giving me the opportunity of learning a trade and developing myself as a person, but also for the belief the company has shown in me becoming a security systems engineer,” observed Walker. “The support has been tremendous from the company with its in-house training. I feel this has been the key to my progression, allowing me to work with a variety of systems.”

Walker added: “This achievement has given me the confidence and belief that all of the training and the hard work I’ve put in has been worthwhile. My plan for the future is to continue striving to succeed both personally and professionally on behalf of the next generation of security systems engineers.”

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Craig McAdorey has quickly become an asset to his team at Kings, completing a number of in-house signalling training courses including those involving WebWayOne, CSL, Digital Communicators and Emizon.

The diverse skill set gained means that McAdorey is very confident in the installation process, being capable of delivering the end product on time and to a high standard.

Gavin Salter, area engineering manager for Kings Security who nominated McAdorey for the award, also highlighted the apprentice’s excellent customer interface skills.

“Craig is always prepared to go the extra mile in order to deliver on and, indeed, exceed the requirements of the customer. He always maintains a highly professional manner and answers any questions that customers may have.”

Talking about his achievement, McAdorey said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank my employer as, without the company, none of this would have been possible. I enjoy my job as a security systems installer. I love working on all disciplines and find all aspects of my role both challenging and enjoyable. Being successful in this competition is a great achievement for me personally and for Kings as a company. I take great pride in my work and will endeavour to progress further in the future in order to fulfil my personal goals of becoming a fully-qualified security systems installer.”

This year’s Apprentice Installer Awards were sponsored by Syntinex. “As a business, Syntinex recognises the importance of development and training future engineers,” commented Jacques Lombard, the company’s managing director. “We’re very proud to sponsor the Apprentice Installer Awards.”

The BSIA would like to take this opportunity to thank Syntinex for sponsoring these awards and wish all the very best of success for the winners in their future careers.

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NSI’s fourth Installer Summit proves great success for 200-plus delegates

Upwards of 200 representatives from National Security Inspectorate (NSI)-approved companies gathered to attend the NSI’s fourth national Installer Summit, held on Thursday 30 March at the Vox, the brand new state-of-the art conference centre at Resorts World on the National Exhibition Centre complex in Birmingham.

Over 50 product and business support providers filled the large exhibition hall, offering delegates the opportunity to view the very latest security technology, expand their technical knowledge and take advantage of exclusive Summit deals and offers.

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Speakers at the NSI’s 2017 Installer Summit in Birmingham

Special emphasis was placed on education this year, with ten speakers covering a range of pertinent security and fire sector-related topics over the course of the day.

Subjects in the morning plenary session included the Hatton Garden heist and lessons learned for the security sector, the Government’s perspective on cyber security (including the risks and uncertainties), an insight into Jaguar Land Rover’s award-winning corporate security strategy and the newly-launched Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard for the security and fire business sectors.

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The NSI’s CEO Richard Jenkins addresses the audience

In the afternoon, delegates were invited to choose from a variety of 30-minute educational sessions. These concentrated on home automation and system integration: the opportunities and risks, tips for protecting businesses against cyber attack, apprenticeships and the benefits for businesses and guidance on forging closer links with police forces.

NSI Gold-approved companies were also given an overview on the changes to the new ISO 9001:2015 Standard fromthe NSI’s expert auditors. In addition, there was a presentation about the benefits of NSI approval for automated gates and barriers, with specific emphasis on helping clients to reduce their risk and understand the business opportunities.

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Graeme Dow speaking at the NSI’s Installer Summit

The seven main sponsors instrumental in delivering this year’s Summit were Avigilon, BT Redcare, CSL, Fermax, RISCO Group UK, IFSEC International and Texecom. As a not-for-profit organisation, the NSI is wholly dependent on its sponsors and other exhibitors who make the event possible.

Richard Jenkins, the NSI’s CEO, stated: “We were delighted to see hundreds of delegates from NSI-approved companies attend this year’s Summit. Delegates clearly value this focused and targeted event which addressed topics specific to their needs in an effective way and in a prestigious professional environment. Like-minded industry experts are ready to share the latest developments in the sector. The feedback we’ve received so far from all participants including speakers, exhibitors and our key sponsors has been overwhelmingly positive, with many seeking to reserve their seats for next year’s event.”

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The exhibition area proved extremely popular with delegates

 

End users who choose to contract NSI-approved companies can be assured of security and fire safety services delivered to the highest standards by businesses committed to quality.  With a national network of full-time qualified auditors specialising in security and fire audits, the NSI counts the UK’s premier security and fire safety providers among its clients. The NSI provides robust auditing by experts to verify compliance with relevant British and European Standards, Codes of Practice and certification schemes developed by industry bodies and associations.

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Binns focuses Fencing Contractors Association on delivering for its members

The Fencing Contractors Association (FCA) is on a mission to re-engage fully with members and adopt their priorities as its mission guide. That’s the mandate on which incoming chairman Adam Binns believes he has been elected since taking office for his two-year term at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 25 February.

The AGM ratified the appointment of Administration Services Ltd (ASL) – who tabled a report at the meeting on its survey of all 150 members – to replace retiring general secretary Wendy Baker as the FCA’s administration specialist.

In advance of the AGM, Baker said: “After almost 18 years’ service, it will be my pleasure to have the opportunity to say a proper goodbye to the members whom I have been extremely proud to represent during my tenure.”

Adam Binns commented: “The ASL survey gives us an honest and independent insight on what we’re doing at the moment and on what is valued by members so that we can move the FCA forward and really start to deliver what they say is important to them. We’ve cut our running costs by a third, so there’s more money freed up to promote the FCA and its Certified Contractors Scheme.”

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Adam Binns

The Binns Fencing managing director, along with his FCA vice chairman Nick Dybeck (a director of HW Martin), now lead a “rejuvenated Council” which met on 21 April to review strategy and plot a plan for the future.

Promoting the security fencing industry

Rob Oliver of ASL stated: “What came through loud and clear from the survey is that members are very keen for the FCA to continue to promote the fencing industry as professional and for the FCA itself to be the badge of quality within it. Furthermore, given the size and scale of the industry, we ought to be able to grow membership from our current figure of 150.”

Oliver said that other member priorities include training and its promotion, especially given the national focus on apprenticeships and the fact that the industry now has a Trailblazer apprenticeship standard in development.

Members also want better communications, with regular newsletters, e-mails and briefings, more events and reasons to join forces and collaborate on matters of common interest. There’s also a stated desire for the FCA to be the ‘go to’ for guidance and business help with appropriate helplines and experts.

Oliver explained to Risk UK that ASL is looking at how much each of the Helplines is used and will table proposals very soon on which to enhance and which to shelve and how best to harness the expertise in the Council and beyond.

Delivering real value

Adam Binns concluded: “The bottom line is that we have to deliver real value and a reason to belong to the FCA if we’re to grow and strengthen our membership and the services we offer. We’re open to talking to other associations such as the Perimeter Security Suppliers Association (PSSA) and the European Fencing Industry Association (EFIA) to pool resources and strengthen our offer if that’s what works for our industry as a whole.”

The ASL team of Oliver, Robert Osborne and Kim Fitzpatrick boasts many years’ experience of working for Trade Associations, mostly in the construction sector and including the PSSA, which is widely acknowledged as having some overlap with the FCA.

The FCA was established in 1942 to help the buying of timber and other fencing materials to support the war effort. It has four specialist sub-groups: the Association of Safety Fencing Contractors, the Environmental Noise Barrier Association, the Electrical Security Fence Federation and the Gate Automation and Access Barrier Association.

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“Funding to cease for Locksmith Apprenticeship” announces Skills for Security

Skills for Security has been officially notified that funding will cease for new starts on the Locksmith framework 571 from 1 December 2016. From this date, there will be no further starts.

Apprentices still completing their apprenticeship on this framework will continue to do so on their agreed funding arrangements, while their apprenticeship completion certificate can be claimed in the usual manner.

The UK Government has been making changes to apprenticeships with the approach for all new apprenticeships to be developed against employer standards.

Groups of employers (the ‘Trailblazers’) have been responsible for developing new apprenticeships and they’ve been working together to design apprenticeship standards and assessment approaches.

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Skills for Security has been working with Trailblazer groups to develop new frameworks, and employers from the locksmith industry have recently met to submit their expression of interest in order to develop a framework to ensure there’s a locksmith apprenticeship going forward.

There’s no other apprenticeship for locksmiths. The current scheme has enabled learners to gain a recognised qualification, expand their knowledge and elevate industry standards.

Having a recognised qualification has made the industry more attractive to new recruits.

Employers must come forward to show their support to develop a new framework.

*If you would like to be involved with the development of the locksmith apprenticeship or join a Trailblazer group please contact Skills for Security via e-mail at: info@skillsforsecurity.org.uk or on (telephone) 01905 744000

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“2016 Engineers of Tomorrow competition now fully-booked” announces UBM

UBM EMEA, the organiser of IFSEC International, has just announced that all places on this year’s prestigious Engineers of Tomorrow annual competition are now filled. 64 of the fire and security industry’s brightest young engineers will now be at IFSEC International from 21-23 June in order to test their skills against each other in a live installation challenge at Europe’s largest security exhibition.

Engineers of Tomorrow is part of Apprenticeships for Fire and Security, an initiative that places apprentices into careers in the security industry and underpins their development. Supported by IFSEC International, CSL DualCom, the National Security Inspectorate (NSI), the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) and Skills for Security, the scheme has already helped in launching the careers of more than 3,000 young apprentices.

At the heart of the installation apprentice and young engineer industry, the competition will provide participants with a global stage to compete against their peers and represent their company.

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Companies involved in 2016 include Fidelity Integrated Systems, Abel Alarm Co, Highgrade Fire and Security, Chubb Fire and Security, CBRE, Tyco, Red Alert, VocalVale, H+J Martin, Ambush Security, Wessex Alarms, Captstan Security, Secure One, CIA, SES Yeovil, William Hale, Custom Alarms and the defending champions Tel Cam Security Systems and Kings Security.

The apprentice engineers will participate in the 90-minute live challenge that takes place on the lively exhibition floor at IFSEC International. They will then be assessed by a leading panel of judges from the security inspectorates, the NSI and the SSAIB, and points are then allocated based on performance in the various disciplines.

Heat winners and their employers will be invited to attend the prestigious Security & Fire Excellence Awards, which take place on Wednesday 23 November 2016, where the overall winner will be announced and awarded a £1000 cash prize.

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Demand for improved skills

Commenting on the competition, Simon Banks (group managing director at the CSL DualCom Group) said: “The huge take-up for IFSEC International’s Engineers of Tomorrow competition is in line with the industry’s demand for better skills. The fire and security sector is committed to apprenticeships providing results for businesses on a swift basis, while at the same time creating a lasting professional workforce for the future. Importantly, this competition allows employers and apprentices to showcase their skill sets on a world stage.”

This year, IFSEC International will host over 600 leading solution suppliers under one roof across the three days at London’s ExCeL, with the likes of Tyco, Milestone Systems, UTC, Texecom, Salto, Paxton, Hikvision, Dahua, Assa Abloy, Axis Communications, Canon, CAME and Marshalls already confirmed to attend. The show will also welcome more than 65 new exhibitors in 2016.

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IFSEC and FIREX International will once again be presented as part of UBM EMEA’s Protection and Management Series, which is the UK’s largest event dedicated to protecting and managing property, people and information.

The Protection and Management Series also incorporates The Facilities Show, Safety and Health Expo and Service Management Expo.

Annually, it attracts more than 40,000 attendees over three days and is the ‘Centre of Excellence’ for the security, fire, safety and facilities business sectors.

*Find out more detail about IFSEC International (and register for your badge to see the Engineers of Tomorrow competition) here:  http://www.ifsec.co.uk/Watch_EoT/

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