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Engagement Event to be Held for SMEs in Newcastle This Wednesday

Engagement Event to be Held for SMEs in Newcastle This Wednesday

SSAIB wish to make small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) aware of an engagement event being held by the North East's Government Commercial Function (GCF) this Wednesday, June 27, at the City Library in Newcastle.

SMEs who are interested in winning public sector contracts will be able to meet with procurement experts from Government departments and find out more about how to enter the supply chain.

The Crown representative for SMEs - Emma Jones - will chair the event and speakers include: HMRC, Department for Education, North East Procurement Organisation, Crown Commercial Service, Ministry of Defence and DEFRA.

Delegates will be invited to attend for the whole day to access networking opportunities and visit buyer information stalls.

Three key information sessions will be held in the morning, early afternoon and late afternoon. However, registration is required for each of these sessions.

For more information on each of the three sessions – and how to apply for them, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/sme-event-winning-public-sector-business-north-east.

Posted: 25/06/2018 more >

SSAIB Named as First Fire and Security Systems Certification Body to Have CTSP-Registered Auditors

SSAIB Named as First Fire and Security Systems Certification Body to Have CTSP-Registered Auditors

SSAIB have enhanced their standing as the leading certification body for fire and security systems - after SSAIB auditors were named as the first recipients of the brand new auditors and consultants Certified Technical Security Professionals (CTSP) professional registration at IFSEC 2018.

Tavcom Training - the operators of the CTSP professional register - used this year's showpiece security event at the ExCel in London to launch the new vocational application pathway onto the register,  following on from the official launch of CTSP in September 2017. The event also saw them recognise the SSAIB's achievement of being the first third-party certification body for fire and security to achieve CTSP registration with a presentation on the Tavcom stand.

Industry feedback has led to the inclusion of the two new registration categories - auditors and consultants, which SSAIB auditors were officially unveiled as acheiving during this year's IFSEC show - and individuals can now register as an engineer, auditor or consultant in one or more of the original four core disciplines, comprising video surveillance systems, intruder and hold-up alarms, access control systems and fire detection systems.

The innovative vocational application pathway has been introduced for individuals - engineers or consultants only - who do not hold recognised industry qualifications, but who can evidence relevant security systems experience. Both the standard qualification and vocational pathways have been developed in partnership with the SSAIB, an endorsing body for the CTSP.

SSAIB training manager Trevor Jenks revealed: “I’m delighted that we can demonstrate our support for the CTSP programme in this way - as it is really important to recognise the technical expertise of installers in our industry. The CTSP professional registration recognises the competence and experience of our SSAIB auditors, enhancing their existing auditing qualifications and differentiating them from solely management-based activities.

"All future SSAIB auditors will go through CTSP registration when they join, ensuring that our high standards in technical auditing are maintained and recognised for many years to come.”

CTSP registrar Kevin Matthew added: “We believe these enhancements to the registration process provide additional opportunities for consultants and auditors to be justifiably recognised for their specialist skills and is a further step to professionalisation of the sector. The stringent checks undertaken to validate applicants prior to registration, provide confidence for customers and employers and will raise professional standards in the technical security industry.”

All CTSP applications are assessed by the registration manager, with only those having the necessary credentials being admitted to the register. The publicly searchable register lists registrants, their role and the disciplines they are qualified in - enabling end-users and employers to select a qualified technical security professional.

The CTSP application process is conducted online and costs £25, with a £50 annual registration fee payable upon successful admittance to the register. Part of a certified professional network, registrants can use the CTSP post-nominal - such as John Smith CTSP - and are permitted to use the CTSP logo on promotional materials.

For more information on CTSP, please visit www.ctsp.org.uk.

Posted: 20/06/2018 more >

SSAIB Eagerly Anticipates 20th Anniversary of Engineers of Tomorrow Competition at IFSEC 2018

SSAIB Eagerly Anticipates 20th Anniversary of Engineers of Tomorrow Competition at IFSEC 2018

As one of the main stakeholders, SSAIB is once again gearing up for the Engineers of Tomorrow competition next week - as it returns to IFSEC International for its 20th anniversary.

Engineers of Tomorrow sees young security apprentices compete against each other in a live installation challenge and, given the growing engineering skills gap undermining the industry - as well as the wider economy - the need for such an event has never been greater.

Posted: 13/06/2018 more >

Surveillance Camera Commissioner Publishes SSAIB-Supported Buyer’s Toolkit

Surveillance Camera Commissioner Publishes SSAIB-Supported Buyer’s Toolkit

The Surveillance Camera Commissioner has now published an eagerly awaited SSAIB-supported Buyer’s Toolkit - as part of his National Surveillance Camera Strategy for England and Wales.

The Toolkit provides guidance for the non-expert who is thinking about buying a surveillance camera system and has a target audience that includes small and medium-sized enterprises and micro-businesses.  However, it is also hoped that the Toolkit will enable security industry suppliers to demonstrate to their customers that they understand and follow good practice and legal obligations.

SSAIB helped in the development of the Buyers Toolkit with input by our chief executive Alex Carmichael and Manned Services lead assessor Stephen Grieve.

Stephen commented: “It has been particularly satisfying to contribute to the development of the Buyers Toolkit - as I believe it will provide much-needed guidance and practical advice to those businesses who, until now, felt that the earlier Passport to Compliance did not take account of their needs.”

The Buyer’s Toolkit can be accessed here.

Posted: 31/05/2018 more >

Registered Firms Can Experience VIP Treatment in SSAIB's Ice Bar at IFSEC

Registered Firms Can Experience VIP Treatment in SSAIB's Ice Bar at IFSEC

SSAIB firms have been invited to chill out as VIP guests on the exclusive SSAIB Ice Bar at this year’s IFSEC International event.

Registered firms have been sent an email detailing exactly how to register as one of SSAIB’s VIPs for this year’s IFSEC event – taking place at the Excel Exhibition Centre in London, between June 19-21, 2018.

As part of the VIP package, guests will have exclusive access to the VIP Lounge and they’ll also receive a pass to skip the queues into IFSEC – as that will give them access through the special VIP entrance.

In addition, charging stations will be made available to VIPs that wish to stay in touch with their contacts while at IFSEC, while a host of other exclusive benefits are set to be announced in the run up to this year’s prestigious event.

IFSEC will give those in attendance the opportunity keep up-to-date on industry trends and technology advances, as well as network with old and new suppliers. That’s not all – as there is also Speakers’ Corner and Show Me How presentations – which are very close to the SSAIB Ice Bar - enabling attendees the chance to see how the latest technology works.

While at IFSEC, registered firms can also visit the SSAIB team at the SSAIB Ice Bar, have a drink and take the weight off their feet. Of course, SSAIB representatives will be on hand to speak to any interested parties who are looking to gain third-party certification, share industry updates and best practice guidance and answer any other questions visitors to the stand might have regarding the SSAIB and the role it occupies in the security industry.

Sales and Marketing manager Andrew Brown struggled to hide his delight with the new Ice Bar and is looking forward to seeing as many SSAIB-registered firms as possible making use of it.

Andrew revealed: “A lot of planning has gone into this year’s SSAIB Ice Bar, so I’d likely to invite all of our firms down to attend what we hope will be another successful IFSEC event for us. It’s always great to catch up with familiar faces and meet new ones that have never been to our events or regional meetings before, so be sure to drop in if you’re thinking of attending the Excel and have a chat with the SSAIB team.

“Our staff will also be able to discuss the benefits of third-party certification and the application process for the wealth of schemes we offer to anyone looking to go down the route of achieving SSAIB certification, which is a mark of excellence that shows you’re working to professional industry standards.”

SSAIB are also pledging their continued support to the Engineers of Tomorrow competition, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018 – as training manager Trevor Jenks, technical manager David Roscoe and auditor Nick Grewcock will be part of the judging panel for the national apprentice installers competition.

This year’s EOT will also include a fire safety skills test incorporated into it as well, with the winning entrants able to claim a top cash prize of £1000. The top prizes for both fire and security will be awarded at the prestigious Security and Fire Excellence Awards, with places available for both the successful apprentices and their employers.

Even if guests have already registered for IFSEC, they can still upgrade for an SSAIB VIP pass by clicking the link within the email and registering again.

Posted: 24/05/2018 more >