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 >

New College Lanarkshire Announce Representatives for SSAIB-Supported Engineers of Tomorrow Competition

New College Lanarkshire Announce Representatives for SSAIB-Supported Engineers of Tomorrow Competition

A college-led skills competition for apprentices has been hailed a huge success by industry leaders, after four students won a sponsored place to a prestigious national engineering competition.

New College Lanarkshire hosted its annual Electrical Fire and Security Skills Challenge to coincide with Scottish Apprenticeship Week from March 5-9.  Over 30 Electronic Fire and Security modern apprentices competed in the two-day challenge, travelling from as far as Aberdeen and Dumfries to attend the specialist facilities in the College’s Motherwell Campus.

They were challenged with taking on a variety of tasks in two stages – fire alarm installation and intruder alarm installation - which were assessed by SSAIB training manager Trevor Jenks on their level of skill in health and safety, installation, testing and recording of operational checks and handing over of the system.

The winners from each stage and overall winner from each day have now been offered a sponsored place at this year’s Engineers of Tomorrow competition that will take place during IFSEC International in June, where apprentices from all over the UK can prove their skills on an international platform and the chance to win £1,000.

In the fire installation challenge, Aaron Wilson from WRB in Dundee and Steven Flannigan from CSS in Glasgow were named the winners, while Steven also excelled in the intruder alarm installation challenge alongside Andrew Tham from Observitas in Airdrie. Overall champions on each day included Steven and Stuart McLuskie of Nexus in Glasgow, meaning the four will now go on to compete in London.

David Scott, curriculum quality leader of built environment at the college - and organiser of the competition - said: “In the third year of their apprenticeship, the competitors performed to an excellent standard, well beyond what is normally expected of someone at this stage of their course.

“This is testament to the high standard of training they are receiving onsite with their employers and at college. It was a privilege to have so many industry experts and partners in attendance to watch the competition.

“It created a real buzz around the competition – as, at one point, there were over 60 visitors from all over the sector and our apprentices continued to perform at an advanced level. I’d like to thank all our partners who took the time to attend the competition and support our apprentices and the College.

“The most important thing for me was that the students that absolutely loved it. There was a lot of nerves in the morning, but as the competition came to an end everyone said they had fantastic experience.

“I am delighted for Aaron, Steven, Andrew and Stuart, who will now go onto compete in Engineers of Tomorrow – one of the most prestigious competitions in industry. New College Lanarkshire has always been very successful at this event, so we are hoping to continue that success this year.”

Trevor Jenks added: “It was my pleasure to assess the competitors and I was very impressed with the standard of competition on show.

"It’s unfortunate that there could only be four of them that progressed to the Engineers of Tomorrow competition at IFSEC, but it’s testament to Aaron, Steven, Andrew and Stuart that they’re the successful ones and – if the rest of the competitors at IFSEC are at a similar level or better – it’ll make for a very interesting few days at the Excel in June.”

Posted: 09/03/2018 more >

New SSAIB Auditor Signed Up to Help Cover Scotland and Northern Ireland

New SSAIB Auditor Signed Up to Help Cover Scotland and Northern Ireland

SSAIB have appointed a new auditor, with Ray Clelland coming on board to help cover Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The 56-year-old – who worked as a technical trainer and NVQ assessor for Chubb Fire and Security prior to his new role - has over 34 years of experience in the security industry, having started out at Securicor as an install and service engineer.

Glasgow-based Ray will work alongside Jim Suttie to ease the CCTV and access control systems scheme manager's workload and the SSAIB’s latest addition can’t wait to get started.

Ray revealed: “I looking very positively at it – as it’s a new step and a new challenge for me. I’ve never held an auditor role before, so – from that perspective, I’m looking forward to it.

“I’d been informed that the company was looking for someone to work with Jim and help him cover Scotland and Northern Ireland. I know Dave [Profit, operations manager] from my time at Securicor, so I made him aware that I’d like to be considered when the time came.

“The plan is for me to work in tandem with Jim to begin with. Once I’m up to speed, I think the plan is for Jim to ease up on the pedal and spend less time travelling around for audits.”

Posted: 26/02/2018 more >

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to address Security Industry at OSPAs Thought Leadership Summit

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to address Security Industry at OSPAs Thought Leadership Summit

The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will provide the keynote address at the upcoming OSPAs Thought Leadership Summit.

The event will take place on March 1, 2018 at the Royal Lancaster, London and, in his talk, Greg Clark will review the Industrial Strategy and the state of play on Brexit - as well as offering some thoughts on the implications and opportunities for business and the security sector.

Other confirmed speakers include Ian Dyson QPM, Commissioner, City of London Police, who will give a police perspective on private and public partnerships in the security industry; Andrew Thomson, Director of Property Services, The Shard - talking about dealing with the ‘Board’ on security; ‘Tony’, a former armed robber and drug dealer, providing an insight into how he approached security and how often in fails; Craig Robb, Chief Commercial Officer, Securitas UK, will discuss the transformation of the security industry and why investment in technology is essential.

The programme will challenge good and bad perceptions about security and promises to be a lively debate.

To book places and to find out more information visit:

Exhibition stand space is also available for those companies wishing to promote their products and services to a diverse audience of stakeholders.

The event is sponsored by Securitas and organised with the support of the Security Commonwealth.

The presentation of the Outstanding Security Awards (OSPAs) will take place the same evening at an awards dinner hosted by Mick Creedon QPM recently retired Chief Constable.

Posted: 07/02/2018 more >