SECOM is proud to announce that the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has approved the Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard for the Fire, Security and Emergency Systems industries. Alongside our colleagues in the security industry we have worked hard to develop this exciting new scheme.
The Standard sets out the core competencies for apprentices who aspire to become a Fire, Security and Emergency Systems Technician. It is expected to take 36 months to complete, and upon completion, candidates will be eligible to apply for membership of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) at EngTech level.
This is a significant development for the Fire, Security and Emergency Systems industry. The Standard was developed by a group of employers and industry stakeholders and was put out for consultation by the industry in April of this year, prior to its submission to BIS in June. The next step of the Trailblazer's development is the creation of an assessment plan in support of the new apprenticeship Standard, which is scheduled for submission at the end of this year.
Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “Businesses are better placed than anyone to train the next generation of workers and will help us deliver 3 million high-quality apprenticeships by 2020. By designing apprenticeships, organisations like the Fire and Security Association and their group of employers are ensuring that young talented people develop the skills needed to progress up the career ladder and help drive businesses forward.”
Pat Allen, Director of Abel Alarm and lead employer on the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Trailblazer group, said: "I'm delighted that BIS have approved our proposed apprenticeship standard. The industry has repeatedly stated its desire to have a structured apprenticeship in place, and this has been developed by employers and key industry bodies to reflect the skills and competencies businesses need from their apprentices. This is the first apprenticeship that caters for the needs of both fire and security installation companies, as it allows candidates to specialise, depending on the needs of their employer's business."
With all the effort that was put into creating this proposal, we at SECOM are extremely pleased to see it being approved by BIS. We believe this will strengthen our industry and allow it to nurture the talents of the next generation of skilled young people.
To view the Trailblazer Standard and full list of the organisations involved in its development visit the BIS website.