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BSIA Apprentice Installer Awards salute the next generation of industry leaders

Four outstanding young apprentices from the UK’s private security sector have been presented with national awards in recognition of their academic and practical success in the field of electronic security installations.

Awarded by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), the Trade Association representing the UK’s private security sector, the Apprentice Installer Awards serve to recognise the achievements of Level Two and Level Three 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 in providing young talent with the opportunity to succeed in the security world.

The following winners were selected from what was a strong selection of entries in 2014:

Overall Winner: Darrell Gilmour (Kings Security Systems)
19-year-old Darrell Gilmour is currently in his third year of studies. A passion for security runs in the family, with his father, uncle and aunt also employed within the sector.

Darrell was nominated for this award by New College, North Lanarkshire, where his methodical, conscientious workmanship has impressed his lecturers.

Darrell Gilmour (left) on stage with Tony Porter, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner

Darrell Gilmour (left) on stage with Tony Porter, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner

Working full-time at Kings Security Systems, Darrell has set the bar high for future apprentices. A spokesperson from the business commented: “Kings is always taking on new apprentices, and Darrell will be an ambassador for Scotland in providing a role model for the new recruits. He’s an asset to Kings and a valued apprentice to the business.”

Tom Parker: VSG
Tom Parker received a national award for turning his fascination for technology into a blossoming career, having already worked on large-scale installations for high-profile clients including Macquarie Bank, London South Bank University and Lloyds of London.

Selected to work alongside one of VSG’s leading technical engineers, 19-year-old Tom has already achieved the minimum level required to pass his college course and is currently undertaking additional modules while spending his spare time practising work on a range of products.

Nathan Sefton: Chubb Fire & Security
Nathan won his award for demonstrating a sound knowledge and understanding of the industry, and for his methodical, level-headed approach to problem-solving.

Already a point of contact for other engineers, Nathan excelled on a large-scale project where his documentation for over 30 sites was error-free and met strict deadlines.

Nathan, who is only 21, was selected to travel to Denmark in 2013 as part of Skills for Security’s Leonardo Project.

Aaron Noble: Kings Security
Aaron was selected for a national award following his nomination by Kings Security’s managing director Anthony King.

With an ambition to become lead engineer by his mid-30s, Aaron (who’s just 21) has already demonstrated an excellent understanding of theory and practical work. He has gained experience of running complex jobs on site and continually out-performs other apprentices of his age.

Career in the security sector

James Kelly, CEO of the BSIA, commented: “We are all well aware that in today’s challenging job market many young people may feel that a long term career is out of their reach. As such, the BSIA and its members fully support the development of apprenticeships which offer positions to young people who wish to gain practical skills and knowledge in the security industry, in turn allowing them to ultimately develop long-term careers in the sector.”

James Kelly: CEO at the BSIA

James Kelly: CEO at the BSIA

Kelly continued: “It’s always a pleasure to be able to recognise the outstanding talent displayed by our young apprentices, and I would like to congratulate all four of today’s winners on their achievements. They have all exhibited exceptional qualities throughout their apprenticeships, and no doubt have very bright futures ahead of them within our industry.”

This year, the Apprentice Installer Awards havee once again sponsored by Pyronix, whose chairman and CEO Julie Kenny CBE DL explained: “As the cost of university education has increased dramatically in the last few years, 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.”

Kenny continued: “As an industry, we need to highlight the opportunities available and target keen young applicants prepared to influence our sector. 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 delighted to be sponsoring the Apprentice Installer Awards as we believe their input will be invaluable to help installers drive and control customer-focused technologies across the intruder market within the next few years.”

*The BSIA would like to thank Pyronix for its kind sponsorship of these awards.

**For more information about the BSIA visit: http://www.bsia.co.uk

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