Registration Now Open for SSAIB-Supported Engineers of Tomorrow 2021 Competition

Registration Now Open for SSAIB-Supported Engineers of Tomorrow 2021 Competition

The highly regarded IFSEC Engineers of Tomorrow competition is back for 2021, and registration is now live for the next generation of security and fire apprentices to showcase their skills at the highly competitive event!

Engineers of Tomorrow – for which SSAIB is a stakeholder – helps to raise the profile of engineering apprenticeships and the opportunities they represent within the sector. Taking place at IFSEC and FIREX International each year, winners of regional heats compete in a live installation challenge at the show.

In addition, the winners of the electronic security competition will proceed to the final of WorldSkills UK LIVE, the nation’s premier skills, apprenticeships and careers event.

Register here for the Electronic Security Engineers of Tomorrow competition
Register here for the Fire Engineers of Tomorrow competition

The competition, which encompasses two separate events – one for electronic security installers, and the other for installers of fire safety devices – aims to help tackle the growing engineering skills gap and attract and retain the next generation of security and fire systems installers. While the 2020 competition was unfortunately unable to go ahead, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, 2019’s competition saw over 100 entrants take part, a number only set to increase as the competition continues to grow.

Dates to keep in mind for 2021 are currently as follows:

• Regional heats for both security and fire will run between February and April 2021
• Winners will then go on to compete at Engineers of Tomorrow, which is set to take place at IFSEC International in London, between 12-14 July
• Preparation boot camp in August 2021 for the security WorldSkills finalists
• WorldSkills UK Live will take place in November 2021
• The winners of the security and fire competitions will be announced at the Security and Fire Excellence Awards, taking place on November 23, 2021

The 2021 event will see a few changes to previous years, not least because of COVID restrictions, however, regional heats will still take place across all four UK nations, and the electronic security competition semi-finals, and fire installation competition finals, are planned to take place at IFSEC in London in July. The finalists for the security event will go to World Skills UK National Finals in Birmingham, due to take place between November 18-20.

This year, the regional heats will take the form of a knowledge-based assessment that will be completed online and invigilated by an employer or tutor. There will be two separate assessment for fire and security, with separate online links. Students who wish to compete in both competitions need to register for both competitions separately.

The heat timings are expected to be:

• Regionals (passives) – 90 minutes
• National Qualifier/Fire Final (EoT at IFSEC) – Six hours
• National Final (WorldSkills) – Two days

You can keep up-to-date with the Engineers of Tomorrow competiion via the EoT twitter account: @EoTIFSEC

Posted: 21/01/2021 more >

IFSEC & FIREX Tech Talks Registration Now Live for SSAIB Firms

IFSEC & FIREX Tech Talks Registration Now Live for SSAIB Firms

As the official installer partner of both IFSEC International and FIREX International, SSAIB are delighted to see the return of IFSEC & FIREX Tech Talks for 2021.

IFSEC & FIREX Tech Talks is the digital initiative designed for security and fire safety professionals to discover new products and services and connect with potential suppliers.

Comprising a series of live or pre-recorded webinars, it gives viewers the opportunity to hear from leading suppliers about their latest developments and source new solutions for their fire safety and security strategies — all from the comfort of their own home or office.

Register for IFSEC Tech Talks – taking place on Tuesday January 26.
Register for FIREX Tech Talks – taking place on Tuesday February 23.

Vendors will each have a 15-minute product pitch to give viewers the essential details of their latest products, followed by a Q&A session moderated by professional broadcaster Jo Pickard. The intuitive webinar platform will also feature additional information, including pre-recorded videos, presentations and links to extra resources. There is even the ability to refer to this information after the event with a recording of each webinar.

IFSEC & FIREX Tech Talks attracted an exciting selection of some of the industries’ top suppliers in 2020, and there’s more to come in early 2021. Exhibitors are set to include HID Global, Prysm Software, Lorenz Technology, TrackTik, Touchless Biometric Systems, Baldwin Boxall, Etex Group, and more!

Viewers will also have an opportunity to explore each firm’s offering in-depth through the webinars and Q&A sessions.

IFSEC Tech Talks will take place on Tuesday January 26, while FIREX Tech Talks will take place on Tuesday February 23. The events are totally free to attend, making them an unmissable opportunity to hear from some of the leading names in security and fire safety and source solutions for your strategies.

You can watch all the previous Tech Talks from 2020 back on the Tech Talks home page, or the IFSEC Global YouTube channel.

Posted: 13/01/2021 more >

SSAIB Suspends Face-to-Face Auditing for Safety of Firms and Staff Amid Coronavirus Spike

SSAIB Suspends Face-to-Face Auditing for Safety of Firms and Staff Amid Coronavirus Spike

Following the announcement of another national lockdown, SSAIB has moved to suspend all face-to-face auditing with immediate effect – as we look to ensure the safety of both our staff and all of our registered firms, amid the current rise in coronavirus numbers.

After successfully implementing new technology to ensure the continuation of certification to both established and new SSAIB companies during the first lockdown back in March 2020, the leading certification body for the fire and security industries will once again migrate over to remote auditing until February 22, 2021.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will keep all registered firms updated, should there be any further developments during this time. If you require any further information, please contact us on 0191 296 3242.

Posted: 06/01/2021 more >

SSAIB CEO Salutes All Industry Personnel in Christmas Message to Registered Firms

SSAIB CEO Salutes All Industry Personnel in Christmas Message to Registered Firms

I am sure all of you are going to remember 2020, but not for the reasons you may have wished for beforehand.

2020 came in with the usual hope, excitement and anticipation of the challenges and new opportunities ahead that a new year brings. We had our usual calendar of industry events – such as IFSEC, the Women in Security Awards, the SECURITY TWENTY20 regional events and the Security Industry Awards etc – and we all looked forward to seeing what new and innovative technical innovations were being introduced. Unfortunately, all bar one of those events – the Birmingham SECURITY TWENTY20 event in February – fell foul to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Lots of amazing people work in the security industry, performing vital roles which keep citizens and property safe. The important work done by these people is rarely recognized and – particularly in 2020 – their efforts have gone above and beyond the call of duty. In the eyes of SSAIB, all industry personnel are key workers and – for all your hard work and dedication – we at SSAIB salute you.

2020 has been very different for SSAIB as well. The year started well but, when the coronavirus appeared and spread, we noted the impact of COVID-19 and planned accordingly.  By early March, we had put the groundwork down for changing our processes, procedures and policies to deal with the possible effects of the coronavirus.

Following on from that, we worked on preparations to enable staff to be able to work from home. When the orders from the Government came on the evening of Monday March 23 to lock down, staff moved to home working.

At the same time, we updated our auditing guidelines and carried out auditor training remotely. We also developed the processes registered firms needed to complete to enable audits to be carried out remotely.

2020 was a tough, challenging and difficult year, however, we did not close. We adapted, we amended our processes and procedures and developed new ones as necessary.

We continued to support our customers and communicated what we were doing – and how we were doing it – to scheme holders.  Our aim, throughout, was to ensure that we continued to support our registered firms – as key workers – by providing a first-class certification service in very trying circumstances.

We believe that we more than achieved our aim, ensuring our registered firms could carry on serving their clients in as normal a manner as was possible in the circumstances.

You can be assured that SSAIB will continue offer the best certification service in the industry – as we fully recognise the needs of both existing and new clients. SSAIB will also champion the needs our registered firms when we attend standards committees and sit on scheme holders’ committees – as well as talking to specifiers, customers and other relevant bodies.

The commitment of our registered firms to work to high standards is essential in demonstrating the professionalism in the industry, which they have shown in abundance throughout the last 12 months. As we – hopefully – come out the other side of this pandemic, SSAIB companies will have played their part in the security and safety of the country and you should all be very proud of that.

On behalf of the board, auditors and staff at the SSAIB, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for what we hope is a much better 2021 for us all.

Alex Carmichael
Chief Executive

Posted: 23/12/2020 more >

SSAIB System Upgrade Means Servers Unavailable on Monday December 21

SSAIB System Upgrade Means Servers Unavailable on Monday December 21

Some online SSAIB services will be unavailable on the morning of Monday December 21 - as the leading certification body for the fire and security industries carry out planned work to improve our network.

Registered firms will be unable to access their online portal during this time, while the planned upgrades might also prevent SSAIB staff members from accessing various aspects of the internal network needed to assist with enquiries.

The system should be up and running again by Monday afternoon, but we would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience that this planned upgrade has on our registered firms.

Posted: 15/12/2020 more >