Skills for Security hosts inaugural security systems competition at WorldSkillsUK

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

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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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