Places Snapped Up for SSAIB Installers’ Forum Event at BT Tower in Record Time

Places Snapped Up for SSAIB Installers’ Forum Event at BT Tower in Record Time

The registration period for the 2018 SSAIB Installers’ Forum lasted all of a few hours - as places went like hot cakes for the event, taking place at the prestigious BT Tower in London on Wednesday May 16.

Registration emails were sent to all 1700+ SSAIB-registered firms, with details of how to register and a special registration link for the event and, later the same morning, the last place was claimed for the very popular annual event that is always oversubscribed.

Due to the expected demand for places, there were a maximum of two delegates per firm for the event. However, should any of the successful applicants drop out prior to the event then those places will then be filled up from a reserve list on a first come, first served basis.

The BT Redcare-sponsored event will start at 9:30am with an SSAIB update from chief executive Alex Carmichael, before the event sponsors themselves discuss the latest developments within BT Redcare.

Security systems scheme manager David Roscoe will also go through the changes introduced with the new PD6662:2017 standard and how they affect our registered firms, while BT Group give an update on their IP Transformation and the impact it will have on the industry.

The 2018 SSAIB signature event is also being powered by IFSEC International, who will round off the presentations with IFSEC brand director Gerry Dunphy giving those in attendance the lowdown on the plans for this year’s showpiece at the Excel in London in June.

The event will then finish with a short open forum, followed by lunch at 12.30pm in the revolving restaurant that stands at 189 metres high. With unparalleled views of London, the BT Tower is a unique venue and SSAIB are delighted to be welcoming its members to this event.

SSAIB sales and marketing manager Andrew Brown commented: “This is always the event that our firms look for and enquire about, so – just like previous years – it was no surprise to see all of the places go almost straight away. Last year was one of our quicker times with half a day, but this year has blown that out of the water by some margin.

“We always try to have speakers for issues and topics that we hope our firms will not only enjoy, but will learn something from as well and this year is no different. I’m positive that this is going to be another fantastic occasion in the brilliant surroundings of the BT Tower, so we hope that our attendees will get a lot out of it.”

Once companies have had their places finalised, they will receive the final details for the event - including access requirements – and, for security reasons, attendees must register in advance for this event and it is essential that they bring some form of identification on the day – a passport or driver’s licence, for example. It is not possible to send a substitute representative on the day.

If you require any further information, please contact Andrew Brown on 0191 296 3242.

Posted: 06/04/2018 more >

Access Training Opens First Security Training Centre in the North East

Access Training Opens First Security Training Centre in the North East

North East security firms and their apprentices are set to receive a boost - as a much-needed security training facility opens its doors in Gateshead.

The workshop - based at Access Training on the Team Valley - is the first of its kind in the North East and was designed and kitted-out in partnership with a number of regional security firms.

The facility will ensure hundreds of young people get the opportunity to learn security systems hands-on and will help to provide more high-quality security apprentices to firms across the region.

The security industry is experiencing growth and there is high demand for apprentices – as Access Training has more than doubled its number of apprentices in the last year.

At the workshop, apprentices will learn the skills to design, install, commission and maintain electronic systems inside and outside premises to protect people and properties from risk and danger. This includes CCTV, intruder alarms, fire alarms and access control systems.

The facility was officially opened on Monday March 26 by former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord John Stevens of Kirkwhelpington, who is also chair of Gateshead-based security firm The Protector Group.

Access Training is the only provider of security apprenticeships in the North East region and supplies apprentices to many security firms including The Protector Group, Custodian Total Security Services, Abel Alarm, CJ Electratech and 2020 Vision Systems.

Access Training's managing director Malcolm Armstrong said: “We have seen a steady rise in the demand for security apprentices over the last few years and it became clear that having a practical workshop would be advantageous to the companies we work with.

“This new provision is going to improve the quality of the training we can offer the security industry. The technology involved in security systems advances at a pace and being able to provide practical training of these systems on site is essential.

“We would like to thank all the companies who generously donated equipment for the centre.”

Employers and young people interested in security apprenticeships can learn more at

Posted: 04/04/2018 more >

SSAIB in Attendance for Access Training's New Workshop Unveiling

SSAIB in Attendance for Access Training's New Workshop Unveiling

The SSAIB were delighted to attend the opening of the new practical skills facility at Access Training’s Skill Academy on Monday morning.

SSAIB sales and marketing manager Andrew Brown was invited along to the official opening of the new Security Systems Workshop at Access Training’s Gateshead base, with Lord John Stevens - formerly chief inspector of Northumbria Police, commissioner of London Metropolitan Police and the current chairman of the Protector Group – on hand to open the new facility.

The unveiling event for the new training resource allowed attendees to meet the training team, view the workshop facilities and gain a brief understanding of the new apprenticeship standard – all within the grounds of what Access Training’s managing director, Malcolm Armstrong, believes is the “foremost practical training facility for the sector in the north of England.”

Malcolm said: “Through donating a wide range of equipment, employers (and suppliers) have helped us to create what we think is now the foremost practical training facility for the sector in the north of England.

“This facility will help us to train apprentices for years to come, while also helping us to prepare apprentice for new end-point assessments which will include them carrying out complex practical activities in examination conditions.”

Posted: 26/03/2018 more >

SSAIB Appoint Craig Badley as New Assessor

SSAIB are delighted to welcome Craig Badley into the certification body – as he takes on the role of an assessor in the Manned Services team.

Craig – who is also ISO9001 qualified - saw off a strong field of candidates to land the role and scheme manager David Taylor is more than delighted to add him to his “already experienced team.”

David said: “I’m delighted that Craig has joined the SSAIB manned services team. His experience in a similar security-related role and working in a variety of major corporate environments will add valuable experience to an already experienced team.

“I’m sure he will be a great addition to the SSAIB and our registered firms.”

Posted: 22/03/2018 more >

Michelle Robinson Joins SSAIB Bookings Team

Another new face has arrived at SSAIB, with Michelle Robinson joining the admin staff in head office.

Michelle has been drafted in to fill the vacant Bookings Administrator role, following Susan Stephenson’s departure.

Michelle comes from an insurance background, but will work alongside Joan Burn and Jayne Hickson to get up to speed with the SSAIB’s booking system and provide a seamless transition from old to new.

Office manager Sheridan Doyle commented: “We’re really happy to have Michelle joining us in the bookings team. I’m sure Joan and Jayne will both be a great support to Michelle in her first few weeks and I have no doubt that she’ll be warmly welcomed by the rest of the staff in the office as well.” 

Posted: 22/03/2018 more >