Consultation period launched for Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Trailblazer Apprenticeship Assessment Plan

Pat Allen: director of the Abel Alarm Company and the lead employer on the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Trailblazer Employer Group

Pat Allen: director of the Abel Alarm Company and the lead employer on the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Trailblazer Employer Group

The public consultation paper focused wholly on the key components of the draft Assessment Plan for the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Technician Trailblazer Apprenticeship is now live to view.

Developed by the dedicated Trailblazer Employer Group, which consists of a range of employers from across the industry (more of which anon), the Assessment Plan duly details how fire, emergency and security systems technician apprentices will be assessed throughout their training, and includes plans for an endpoint assessment to be taken at the end of the given apprenticeship.

In future, all apprentices will need to have their knowledge, skills and behaviours outlined in the new Apprenticeship Standard assessed in an integrated way at the end of their apprenticeship. This is referred to as the endpoint or ‘synoptic’ assessment, and has been introduced to ensure that employers are in a good position to be clear about whether an apprentice has reached the standard of competence required.

Pat Allen, director of the Abel Alarm Company and the lead employer on the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Trailblazer Employer Group, told Risk UK: “This is an opportunity for employers from our sector to provide valuable input on how they want their apprentices to be assessed. It’s crucial that they make the most of this opportunity to have their voices heard. I urge any employer to grab this opportunity to view and comment on the proposals so we can gather as much feedback as possible before they’re submitted and subsequently develop a clear and cohesive industry perspective on how we want our apprentices to be assessed going forward.”

The Assessment Plan is part of the Government’s Trailblazer initiative, a programme which focuses on employer-designed apprenticeship standards and assessment to ensure apprentices’ training and assessment directly meet the needs of employers and businesses.

It will form part of the new Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Apprenticeship which was approved by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) in August of this year and scheduled for introduction in 2016.

*As stated, the consultation paper is now live and closes for comment on Friday 11 December. To take part in the process visit the following web page: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FESAssessment

The Trailblazer Employer Group

The Trailblazer Employer Group that developed the draft Assessment Plan is comprised of the Abel Alarm Company, Chubb Fire & Security, Christie Intruder Alarms, AAI Security, CSL DualCom, Kings Security Systems, Secom, Wessex Fire and Security, Banham, BDS Fire, Pointer, Stanley Security Solutions and Amalgamated.

SummitSkills is providing the secretariat to the Trailblazer Employer Group and co-ordinating the project, which is supported by a wider stakeholder group comprising of Access Training, the British Security Industry Association, BAFE, Chichester College, Electrical Assessment Services UK, the Fire Industry Association, the Fire Protection Association, the Fire & Security Association, Gloucester College, the IET, JTL, the National Security Inspectorate, Mercury Training Services, the Security Industry Training Association, the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board, Skills for Security, Spiral Training, Swansea Council, Tavcom Training and the Unite Trade Union.

Skills for Security apprentices win 2015 Engineers of Tomorrow competition

Skills for Security apprentices Bobby and Carlos Dhunay from Tel Cam Security Systems were awarded Joint First Prize in the Engineers of Tomorrow 2015 competition, the results of which were announced at the Security and Fire Excellence Awards Ceremony held at the London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane on Wednesday 25 November.

In a surprise result which is unprecedented in the 16 years of the competition, the cousins took joint first place with a team from Kings Security.

Skills for Security apprentices Bobby and Carlos Dhunay from Tel Cam Security Systems have been awarded Joint First Prize in the Engineers of Tomorrow 2015

Skills for Security apprentices Bobby and Carlos Dhunay from Tel Cam Security Systems have been awarded Joint First Prize in the Engineers of Tomorrow 2015

Engineers of Tomorrow is an annual competition run at IFSEC International. It’s designed to encourage the development of future talent within the security sector, helping young engineers and apprentices to showcase their skills.

Supported by IFSEC International, CSL DualCom, the National Security Inspectorate, the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board and Skills for Security, the scheme allows apprentices in the security systems sector to prove themselves in competition with their peers by undertaking a 90-minute assessment.

In practice, participants assess a previously installed intruder alarm system, identify faults they find, re-commission the system and then apply any additional security and safety measures deemed to be necessary.

More than 50 apprentices and young engineers took part in the 2015 competition, which was held at London’s ExCeL in June during IFSEC and FIREX International 2015.

The victorious apprentices in 2015 are as follows:

*First Place: Bobby and Carlos Dhunay (Tel Cam Security Systems)

*Second Place: Harrison Cooke and Jack Baker (Kings Security)

*Third Place: Padraig Lennon (NM Fire & Security) and Jonny English (H&J Martin)

All of this year’s winners were Level 2 security systems apprentices at the time of the competition and have now gone on to commence their Level 3 studies.

Speaking about the Engineers of Tomorrow, Skills for Security’s assessor Mark Cunningham told Risk UK: “It’s wonderful to see how far Bobby and Carlos have progressed with our organisation. They first entered the Engineers of Tomorrow competition last year and performed really well in winning one of the heats. Since then, they’ve both really gone from strength to strength. Skills for Security has noticed how hard Bobby and Carlos work on site and at college, and we’re delighted to see them receive their just rewards for doing so. We hope they’ll inspire others looking towards a career in the security business sector.”

 

About the Author
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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