The first-ever Electronic Security Systems Competition has taken place at WorldSkillsUK in Birmingham. Hosted by Skills for Security, six of the best apprentices from across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland competed over a two-day competition with the eventual winner being crowned WorldSkillsUK champion.
Apprentices completed tasks only found in an exceptional engineer and aimed to raise the standard of training and engineer throughout the UK. On Day One, the apprentices installed and commissioned intruder alarms. On Day Two, they then carried out remote maintenance via cloud software, whereby they identified and rectified faults within the system before proceeding with the completion of a full preventative maintenance schedule on both the intruder and CCTV system.
The competition was eventually won by a former finalist of IFSEC International’s Engineers of Tomorrow competition, namely Fraser Armstrong from Specialised Fire & Security representing Belfast Metropolitan College.
David Scott, the newly-installed managing director of Skills for Security, said: “The last few days have been an excellent opportunity to showcase a career in electronic security engineering and we congratulate the finalists and the eventual winner. There are 70,000 young people who attend WorldSkillsUK and if we can attract 1% of them we would be able to double the number of apprentices currently in the security industry right now. There’s a skills shortage in our industry, so now is the time for companies in the sector to take on an apprentice and for young people to be aware of an excellent opportunity for them to build a rewarding career in our industry.”
*The competition was sponsored by Skills for Security, the CSL Group, Hikvision and Texecom