First cohort pass new Fire, Emergency and Security Systems apprenticeship assessments

The first cohort of candidates undertaking the new Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) Apprenticeship Trailblazer have successfully passed their endpoint assessment. This marks an important milestone for the rigorous apprenticeship standard designed to replace the previous framework. The successful candidates undertook the final part of their apprenticeship at the Banham Academy in London – the first endpoint assessment centre of its kind delivering the FESS standard.

The apprenticeship standard was developed by an employer group with the support of the Fire and Security Association (FSA), the Fire Industry Association, the British Security Industry Association and other industry stakeholders as part of the Government’s Trailblazer initiative.

Former FSA chair Pat Allen, who leads the employer group, commented: “It has been a long, but very worthwhile journey now that we have an apprenticeship written by employers to meet their requirements for the workforce of the future. This standard encompasses a high level of comprehensive training not seen before in the fire and security systems sector. It’s great that the Banham Academy has embraced the vision. It’s fitting that they opened the first endpoint assessment centre.”

Steve Martin, head of the FSA and director of technical at the Electrical Contractors Association, added: “Congratulations from the FSA to the first tranche of candidates who’ve passed the new apprenticeship. Prospective candidates looking to enrol this September will be ideally positioned to take full advantage of this exciting new apprenticeship. The qualification is guaranteed to equip technicians with the skills they need to design, install and maintain electronic systems to protect buildings against fires, break-ins and other emergencies.”

The FESS apprenticeship was launched in February 2017. It focuses on employer-designed standards to ensure apprentices’ training and assessment meets precise industry and business needs.

The FESS apprenticeship’s endpoint assessment is developed by NET, an electrotechnical charity which supports learning and career progression. It’s a rigorous test of knowledge, professional discussion and practical skills and understanding to Level 3 – a high bar which recognises learners as being fully competent.

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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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