SSAIB Web Services Unavailable - November 3, 2018

SSAIB Web Services Unavailable - November 3, 2018

SSAIB wish to inform all of our registered firms that our web services will be unavailable for a small section of this weekend, due to essential work being carried out on our network infrastructure.

The work will begin at 10am on Saturday November 3. All being well, we then expect that normal service will resume by 1pm the same day.

SSAIB would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Posted: 30/10/2018 more >

Assessor John Bonney Bolsters SSAIB Manned Services Team

Assessor John Bonney Bolsters SSAIB Manned Services Team

John Bonney has joined SSAIB as an assessor for manned services  – after new scheme manager Dougie Callander moved quickly to strengthen his auditing team.

He arrives within the company having worked within the public sector for the past 20 years. The 39-year-old brings with him an extensive knowledge of the security industry regarding manned guarding, key holding and alarm response, alarm receiving centre software and remote black screen CCTV monitoring – after holding the positions of control room manager, assistant contracts manager and operations co-ordinator during his career so far.

John - who is NEBOSH-qualified and is a technical member of IOSH - has also worked within the private security industry and has experience of CCTV and intruder alarm systems.

And SSAIB's newest auditor couldn't contain his delight at joining the leading certification body for organisations providing security systems and services, fire detection and alarm systems and manned services.

John revealed: “Having met the SSAIB through my previous employment, I was quick to apply for the vacant position of manned services assessor when it  became available and I’m delighted to have been given this opportunity.

“I’m looking forward to the challenges that this new chapter in my working career will provide and I feel that I can bring an additional range of skills to the already dynamic team that Dougie has at his disposal.”

Posted: 26/10/2018 more >

Tavcom Training and Banham Academy offer BTEC Level 3 Training Pathway to Trailblazer Apprentices

Tavcom Training and Banham Academy offer BTEC Level 3 Training Pathway to Trailblazer Apprentices

Tavcom Training have partnered with Banham Academy to provide a professional training pathway for apprentices on the new trailblazer scheme.

The trailblazer apprenticeship standard for the fire, security and emergency systems industry is approved by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Now, Banham Academy and Tavcom Training are going further with the inclusion of professional qualifications that will benefit apprentices and the wider security industry.

The BTEC Level 3 courses developed by Tavcom Training delivers comprehensive security training during the three-year apprenticeship, through a combination of online and classroom teaching, practical exercises, assessments and exams.

Paul Tennent CTSP, executive director at Tavcom Training, stated: “Working in partnership with Banham Academy, we are ensuring apprentices gain an essential understanding of theory combined with practical industry experience to kick-start their careers. Meanwhile, the security industry benefits from a steady stream of fully trained and qualified engineers at the end of the process.”

The first cohort of Banham Academy trailblazer apprentices has already embarked on the BTEC Level 3 training pathway.

Kevin Faulkner, Banham Academy Operations Director, explained: "We are delighted to be working alongside Tavcom Training to ensure quality materials and practices are available to support the delivery of our apprenticeships.

“Achieving the Tavcom qualifications is a great way to measure the progress of our learners and the accreditation provided motivates them on the pathway to completing their apprenticeship."

Paul Tennent added: “We are proud to be supporting young engineers and helping to bring new, fully-qualified talent to the sector. We also believe it’s vital that, ultimately, all trailblazer participants have a level playing field to compete on.

“Our aim is to raise standards in general across the scheme.”

To find out more about the Banham Academy trailblazer apprenticeship scheme, visit Alternatively, for further details on Tavcom Training - and their range of courses - visit, telephone +44 (0)1489 895 099 or email

Posted: 22/10/2018 more >

SSAIB Appoint Dougie Callander as New Manned Services Scheme Manager

SSAIB Appoint Dougie Callander as New Manned Services Scheme Manager

SSAIB have named Dougie Callander as the new scheme manager for manned services – after predecessor David Taylor made the decision to step down from the role over the summer.

After training as a sheriff officer - before working in a joint Police/council team tackling antisocial behaviour utilising surveillance techniques - the 37-year-old has spent the last 10 years working as a regional investigator for the Security Industry Authority (SIA), where he also completed a seven-month stint acting as regional investigation manager for their compliance and investigation department during 2012/13.

While working for the security regulation organisation, the new Scotland-based scheme manager also played an integral part in a multi-agency team coordinating the regulation and quality assurance at high profile events such as: the London 2012 Olympic Games, the G8 summits in Northern Ireland (2013) and Cardiff (2014), the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2014 Ryder Cup tournament.

And, after building up a wealth of experience in his previous employment at the SIA, Dougie revealed that he is looking to use what he has learnt so far to “bring a new dynamic to SSAIB.”

“While working for the SIA - and within the security industry - over the last 10 years, I have been aware of the excellent reputation the SSAIB have within the industry and the work they have done to help raise the performance standards within the Approved Contractors Scheme (ACS).

“Most importantly, I also know of the part they have played in safeguarding the integrity of the ACS scheme - by ensuring all assessments are fair, proportionate and transparent – and, for me, it is essential that the SSAIB continue to perform to the high standards they have already set.

“I like to think I am a champion of change and I always promote best practice. Therefore, I believe that my unique and diverse background – as well as my knowledge of the SIA and ACS - will bring a new dynamic to SSAIB and I’ll be able to offer fresh ideas on ensuring that we continue performing to a consistently high standard.”

Departing scheme manager David – who joined SSAIB back in June 2014 - will continue on as a part-time manned services assessor for the time being, but we would like to thank him for all of his hard work during his time as manned services scheme manager.

Posted: 01/10/2018 more >