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December 2, 2019

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Skills for Security hosts first security systems competition at WorldSkillsUK

worldskillspic19Six of the best apprentices from across the UK competed at WorldSkillsUK recently, hosted by Skills for Security. It was the first ever Electronic Security Systems Competition, where apprentices were tasked with highly skilled scenarios in an effort to raise the standards of training.

Apprentices on day one installed and commissioned intruder alarms and on day two, carried out a remote maintenance via cloud software, where they identified and rectified faults within the system, before proceeding with the completion of a full preventative maintenance on both the intruder and CCTV system.

The competition was eventually won by a former finalist of the IFSEC International Engineers of Tomorrow competition Fraser Armstrong from Specialised Fire & Security, representing Belfast Metropolitan College.

David Scott, Managing Director, Skills for Security, said: “The last few days have been an excellent opportunity to showcase a career in electronic security engineering and we congratulate the finalists and eventual winner Fraser Armstrong.

“There are 70,000 young people who attend WSUK and if we can attract one percent of these people we would be able to double the number of apprentices currently in the industry right now. There is currently a skills shortage in our industry, so now is the time for companies in the sector to take on an apprentice and for young people to be aware of an excellent opportunity to build a rewarding career in our industry.”

The competition was  sponsored by Skills for Security, CSL Group, Hikvision and Texecom Ltd. Next year, the only way apprentices will be able to enter WorldSkills UK will be via the IFSEC International Engineers of Tomorrow scheme, which will take place at the Excel, London between 19th-21st of May.

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