Skills for Security set to partner with EFT Group for training of apprentices

The British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) training arm Skills for Security is to partner with EFT Group in the training of the latter’s apprentices. From September, 22 apprentices will begin a bespoke apprenticeship programme covering fire alarms, CCTV, intruder alarms and access control.

Previously, the EFT Group funded its own apprentice training scheme by dint of using external tutors to ensure young apprentices benefit from vital training. Now, the students will be placed in the capable hands of the Skills for Security team members with specialist training delivered on site at the EFT Academy.

David Scott, the newly-appointed managing director of Skills for Security, said: “I have been heavily involved with the EFT Group over the last few years in previous roles. It’s really inspiring to work with like-minded people who are passionate about improving the standard of training, reducing the skills shortage and widening participation in relation to apprenticeship training programmes for the fire and security industry. I cannot wait to welcome the EFT Group’s apprentices to Skills for Security in September.”

Jordan Duggan, director of the EFT Group, responded: “The EFT Group is delighted to be partnering with Skills for Security. For a number of months, we’ve been carrying out due diligence on who we would like our educational partner to be and we’re extremely happy with our choice. When we heard that David had been appointed as the new managing director and knowing his past stewardship, it was a very easy choice to make.”

Duggan added: “At EFT, we’re passionate about our apprentices and their journeys and it was very important to us that our partner would work with us to continue what we have in place. It has been wonderful to put together an industry-leading course for our learners and, with the help of David and his colleagues, we’re confident that our apprentices will continue to thrive and showcase apprenticeships in our industry and how important they are.”

EFT Group’s apprentices have been successful on the awards front, recently winning Apprentice of the Year at the BSIA’s British Security Awards in July and being nominated as finalists in last year’s Security and Fire Excellence Awards.

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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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