Apprenticeship training made accessible thanks to Skills for Security-BMet College partnership

Skills for Security and the Birmingham Metropolitan (BMet) Collage are launching a partnership in a bid to make apprenticeship training more accessible in the West Midlands. The three-year Fire and Security Apprenticeship training course will see BMet College deliver as much of the programme as possible, including a focus on Health and Safety, electrical principals and basic installation. In those instances where either experience or resources are lacking, specialist training will be delivered by qualified fire and security tutors provided by Skills for Security.

College staff will also be encouraged to attend classes and, as a direct result, will gain valuable Continuing Professional Development points.

Jeremy Clay, business development manager at BMet College, said: “BMet College is pleased to be working with Skills for Security in the delivery of apprenticeships in fire, emergency and security systems across the West Midlands. This partnership allows employers in the region to develop new and existing staff at our James Watt Campus, which is synonymous with engineering and construction excellence.”

Clay added: “The BMet Collage and Skills for Security partnership will allow us to expand our offer of apprenticeship programmes into an industry which is developing rapidly as technology evolves, and allows us to ensure that linking with such industry experts will help us to provide new and exciting programmes for our learners and employers.”

David Scott, managing director at Skills for Security, explained: “I couldn’t be happier to announce a partnership between Skills for Security and BMet College. Not only will this allow younger people to know what it means to work as a fire and security engineer, but it will also create an industry full of opportunity and growth. Ours is a sector which desperately needs skilled engineers.”

In conclusion, Scott stated: “By partnering with local colleges, our goal is to widen participation in apprenticeship schemes and also make training more accessible for both employers and those interested in apprenticeships. Together, we can help bridge the skills gap and create a sustainable pipeline of engineers.”

*To find out more information on training through Skills for Security or apprenticeships offered at BMet College visit www.skillsforsecurity.org.uk and www.bmet.ac.uk

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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