SSAIB Listed Among 2021 ACS Pacesetters Security Officer of Distinction Awards Sponsors

SSAIB Listed Among 2021 ACS Pacesetters Security Officer of Distinction Awards Sponsors

SSAIB are proud to have been named as one of the sponsors for this year’s ACS Pacesetters Security Officer of Distinction Awards.

The 2021 ceremony will take place on June 16, 2021 and SSAIB are one of six sponsors announced for the awards, which will be the seventh occasion that the exceptional actions of on-duty front-line security staff have been celebrated.

Along with the other five sponsors – Centralus, First Response Group Ltd, Orka Works, Security & Vetting Solutions Ltd and Tracktik – SSAIB will also put their name to two Security Officer of Distinction Awards, which will be handed out to officers who have gone above and beyond for both their employer and the client to whom they are contracted.

SSAIB chief executive Alex Carmichael commented: “We are thrilled to be able to throw our support behind the 2021 ACS Pacesetters Security Officer of Distinction Awards.

“With SSAIB being one of the UKAS-accredited certification bodies that offers the SIA’s Approved Contractors Scheme (ACS), we see first-hand the outstanding work that security services personnel do on a day-to-day basis and it is great that an awards event such as this exists – in order to give them industry recognition and reward them for their exceptional efforts.”

Nominations for the 2021 ACS Pacesetters Awards can be made up until the closing date of March 26, 2021 and a copy of the nomination form can be downloaded from the ACS Pacesetters’ website.

Posted: 02/03/2021 more >

IFSEC International Announces Plans for 2021 and New Dates for in-Person Event

IFSEC International Announces Plans for 2021 and New Dates for in-Person Event

IFSEC International, the largest gathering of security professionals, has announced it will now take place from July 12-14, 2021 at ExCeL, London and will be run in line with the industry recognised and Government-approved AllSecure standard, to ensure attendee safety.

Informa Markets group director Chris Edwards stated: “The safety and wellbeing of our attendees and exhibitors is our foremost priority. That's why we've moved the date to summer 2021 and will be looking to operate under the highest possible level of health and safety standards, which Informa AllSecure enables us to do.”

AllSecure was piloted in September 2020 and approved by the UK Government on November 19, 2020 as a model for running large events safely. It involves several health and safety measures, including deep cleaning, social distancing on-site, staggered arrival times and PPE, such as face masks.

In addition, IFSEC International - for which SSAIB are the official installer partner -has also announced plans for a variety of online events, set to take place in June 2021.

Chris added: “While 2020 had its challenges for in-person events, IFSEC International was able to innovate and bring the industry together remotely via online platforms and we're looking to further build on that success in 2021.”

IFSEC International’s online experiences will provide opportunities for audiences to organise live video calls with exhibitors, browse solution providers and products – via an online marketplace – while some of the very latest in tech innovation, industry best practice and thought leadership will be showcased.

To register your interest and find out more, please visit

Posted: 03/02/2021 more >

Tavcom Training Launches Their First Virtual Classroom Courses

Tavcom Training Launches Their First Virtual Classroom Courses

Tavcom Training is launching the first in a series of virtual classroom training courses to its classroom training portfolio, starting with two fundamental courses: Intruder Alarm System Design BTEC Level 3 and CCTV System Design and Planning BTEC Level 3.

Delivered via Zoom through online interactive lectures and workshops - and guided by the same expert instructors as the classroom courses - learners will have the chance to gain an accredited certification in a live environment, without having to travel.

Andrew Saywell, business development manager for Tavcom Training stated: ‘We understand a lot of our learners come to us for the high standard or training we deliver here at Tavcom, and we wanted to find a way to provide that high standard of classroom learning to the many who can’t travel.

"Our new virtual classroom courses are a crucial solution to this. Delivered by and in partnership with our lead tutors, they are fully interactive and designed to provide professionals with the necessary skills required to carry out the key elements of their job role.

"The launch of our accredited virtual training courses is just one in a series of latest developments that we are implementing in order to increase the accessibility of Tavcom Training courses to learners globally. Now, more than ever, it is easier to gain a worldwide recognised qualification."

Not only will learners interact with the class and ask questions as they would in a classroom, but they can expect to receive all the typical benefits of traditional face-to-face training - including full tutor support, training resources and protected soft copies of the learning material distributed prior to course commencement.

Intruder Alarm System Design BTEC Level 3 is the first course in the portfolio to be delivered virtually. It is an essential course for technical specifiers, sales engineers and consultants who wish to work lawfully within the new legislative guidelines and to determine the risk assessment of each installation.

Learners on the course will be taught the skills required to carry out risk assessments and surveys in accordance with current British and European standards, in combination with design and planning exercises that will introduce all the necessary new grading requirements.

Intruder Alarm System Design is scheduled to take place virtually between February 15-17, 2021 and will cover the following core topics:

Posted: 02/02/2021 more >

ECHO Announces New Board Member

ECHO Announces New Board Member

ECHO (Electronic Call Handling Operations) has announced that Mike Reddington, chief executive of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), has been appointed to its board of directors with immediate effect.

Mike’s appointment comes after Dave Wilkinson stepped down in December to focus on key activities in his ongoing role of director of Technical Services at the BSIA. Dave was part of the duo - alongside Martin Harvey - who founded ECHO in August 2017, and cultivated the business concept from inception to the verge of full service delivery planned for early 2021.

Martin explained: “Mike, with over 25 years’ commercial experience in the security sector, strengthens the ECHO board with further business leadership expertise. His background, including time at leading blue chip organisations such as Honeywell and ADI - prior to joining the BSIA in January 2019 - will be invaluable as ECHO moves into full service delivery.”

Upon his appointment, Mike Reddington commented: “I look forward to working with the other board directors of ECHO in progressing the next phase of this project - as we move into the implementation of this service to end-users and the industry, realising the benefits of the improvements in confirmed alarm activation transfers to police authorities.”

Martin added: “We would also like to take this opportunity to recognise our colleague Dave Wilkinson, without whom the project might not have succeeded. His unwavering commitment and contribution over many years, as a founding member, in getting the ECHO project off the ground and bringing it to the point at which it is virtually launch-ready has been immense. The industry owes him a great debt.”

For more information on ECHO, visit

Posted: 26/01/2021 more >

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 >