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 >

The Standard Unveiled as SSAIB’s New Magazine

The Standard Unveiled as SSAIB’s New Magazine

The first issue of the brand new SSAIB magazine, The Standard, has been released to registered firms.

The annual magazine - formerly known as SSAIB News - received a complete overhaul after SSAIB’s PR and Communications Executive Glen Maxwell took over as editor of the magazine, which led to the marketing team deciding that a change of name was necessary for the new publication.

Produced by the creators of Fire and Safety Matters magazine - Western Business Publishing – the debut edition of The Standard has been posted out to all of our registered firms, along with the April edition of FSM.

The Standard brings together a number of important talking points with the security, fire and manned guarding industries, with articles including an overview of the new GDPR legislation coming into force in May, a focus on facial recognition and if how retail businesses are implementing the technology complies with the current codes of practice and Stephen Adams of BAFE considers fire safety in the current climate – following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower last June.

BAFE’s chief executive also talks through the recent changes to their SP101 scheme, while BT Group’s Johnny McQuoid discusses the impact that BT’s switch to all-IP product solutions by 2025 might have on the industry.

The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) discuss how they help ex-Armed Forces personnel back into work and how they assist employers to fill their vacancies with members from the ex-military talent pool, meanwhile CCTVMaster Security – and 18-year-old managing director Asad Saleem - become the first registered firm featured in our new Under the Spotlight feature.

We also have a welcome return of SSAIB chief executive Alex Carmichael’s A View From the Top column, in which he discusses the last 12 months within the inspectorate and the industry as a whole. Training manager Trevor Jenks is also back with a Trailblazers update – after a successful first year for the apprenticeship scheme – in addition to his look back at the 2017 Engineers of Tomorrow competition at IFSEC.

Further contributions from Security and Monitoring scheme manager David Roscoe regarding PD6662:2017, a manned services update from scheme manager David Taylor and a focus on our 2018 regional meetings by Andrew Brown – as well as a plethora of the latest SSAIB news – means that there’s plenty to digest in this brand-new magazine.

SSAIB sales and marketing manager Andrew Brown commented: “We’re very excited to unveil The Standard to our registered firms. A lot of work has gone into this new venture and we’re keen to see what people think of the new format.

“We identified that the magazine needed a bit of a revamp, so I gave Glen the task of going away and producing something new and totally different to everything we’d done before. We felt a name change was needed to help differentiate this new magazine and The Standard allows us to do that.”

Copies of The Standard will also be made available at the many exhibitions and roadshows that the SSAIB will be attending throughout the rest of 2018, so feel free to pick up a copy from any of our stands at those shows 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 >