Industry professionals urged to complete fire and security sector skills survey

Professionals across the entire fire, emergency and security sector are being urged to complete a new skills survey produced by the Fire & Security Association (FSA), the Fire Industry Association (FIA) and the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), which aims to understand the current state of play in the industry.

The survey, which can be completed online, includes questions on the upcoming fire, emergency and security Trailblazer apprenticeship, the Apprenticeship Levy and the role of apprentices in general. It should take just a couple of minutes to complete, with responses having to be submitted on or before Thursday 2 February at 5.00 pm.

The Trailblazer Employer Group (with the support of the FSA, the FIA, the BSIA and other key industry stakeholders) has developed a fire, emergency and security systems technicians apprenticeship which will be launched next month. This project is part of the Government’s Trailblazer initiative, which focuses on employer-designed apprenticeship standards to ensure apprentices’ training and assessment directly meets industry and business needs. Once launched, the new standard will replace the current industry apprenticeship framework.

Pat Allen, who leads the employers group running the Trailblazer apprenticeship, commented: “As a collective, the FIA, the FSA and the BSIA urge the entire fire, emergency and security industry to complete our joint skills survey, which aims to take a snapshot of where the sector is right now. With the Trailblazer apprenticeship set to formally launch very shortly it’s certainly an exciting time for our sector, with employers set to hire a new generation of engineers and installers of the future.”

The survey has gone live in the lead-up to the full launch of the fire, security and emergency systems Trailblazer apprenticeship, an event being run in collaboration by the employers group involving the FSA, the FIA and the BSIA.

The FSA, the ECA, the FIA and the BSIA

The FSA is a Trade Association dedicated to companies who design, install, commission, maintain and monitor electronic fire, emergency and security systems. As a specialist group of the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) and working in partnership with SELECT, the Scottish electrotechnical Trade Association, the FSA is uniquely positioned to improve industry standards and both enhance and develop members’ businesses.

For its part, the ECA is the UK’s largest Trade Association representing electrical, electrotechnical and other engineering contractors at the regional, national and European levels. ECA member companies are rigorously assessed before membership is approved.

The FIA is a not-for-profit Trade Association promoting professional standards in the UK’s fire safety industry. The Association was formed in April 2007 out of a merger between two long-standing and well-respected Trade Associations, namely the Fire Extinguishing Trade Association (FETA) and the British Fire Protection Systems Association (BFPSA).

The British Security Industry Association is the Trade Association covering all aspects of the professional security industry in the UK. Its constituent member organisations provide over 70% of the UK’s security products and services and rigidly adhere to strict quality standards at all times.


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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