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Security installers and fire installers have long been the backbone of the fire and security industries.

The link between manufacturers of fire and security systems and the professionals monitoring CCTV feeds in the control room, installers perform a vital role. They do more than just install CCTV, intruder alarms, access control systems, fire alarms and other systems; they also help customers design a system fit for purpose for their needs – in terms of number and type of cameras, their position, the choice of NVR, VMS and back-up storage, and so on.

Also known as engineers, they increasingly position themselves as ‘integrators’ of increasingly interoperable, disparate systems.

Technological change is transforming physical-security technologies and with it the installer’s role. Continual education is therefore paramount if they are to adapt their business models to thrive in a fast-evolving landscape. Cyber security, for instance, is a major priority as installers upskill, and many are moving beyond merely selling boxes of equipment to a service-based model amid the rise of the cloud and remote maintenance. And, as security and fire systems become more integrated, it is crucial that engineers play their part in protecting devices from potential cyber attacks – an issue that the entire supply chain must address.

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is aiming to support installers in improving their cyber understanding of physical devices, having launched a cyber security code of practice for engineers in July 2020.


Download: The Intruder Alarm Trend Report

Does your business install, integrate or maintain intruder alarm systems (or have plans to)? This trend report reveals the latest trends and installer insight into the sector, so be sure to take a look!


Apprenticeships in security and fire

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Young apprentices battling it out at the IFSEC & FIREX Engineers of Tomorrow competition

Similarly to many trade-based industries, such as the plumbing, heating and building sectors, there is a widely acknowledged and concerning skills gap in the electrical security and fire engineering profession. Attempts are being made to combat it, with larger installer companies such as SECOM and Banham Security hosting their own apprenticeship training schemes, while external training specialists – the BSIA run Skills for Security, for instance – are also working hard to improve standards and numbers of the next generation of installers coming through.

A major step forward was the implementation of the FESS (Fire, Emergency and Security Systems) apprenticeship standard, following a Government Review of all apprenticeships across England. You can read our guide to the standard, below.

Additional apprenticeship news and initiatives include:

Advice for running your security and fire installation business:


Engineers of Tomorrow 2021 National Qualifier competitors revealed

Engineers of Tomorrow is back for 2021, providing the opportunity for the next generation of security & fire apprentices to showcase their skills! Read More

Considerations for alarm systems at remote locations

Here, the team at Ajax Systems details what security and fire systems installers should think about when specifying alarms for such locations. Read More

Security installation firm reaps rewards of investment in young talent and apprentices

Hear first-hand from Mike Alley on the success his firm has seen from investing in apprenticeship schemes and training for its engineers. Read More

NSI updates Access Control Systems Code of Practice in third edition

The NSI has published the latest revision of its Code of Practice for the Design, Installation, Commissioning and Maintenance of Access Control Systems. Read More

Competence – A fundamental part of building safety

Why it is important to have a focus on safety within occupied buildings and best practices to ensure competency is maintained. Read More

Have your say on the future of skills, training & apprenticeships in research aimed at developing a resilient workforce

Skills for Justice is calling on security professionals to contribute to a UK-wide survey on the future of skills, training and apprenticeships. Read More

“Easy integration between access control software and entrance systems is a necessity” – Vistec Systems on biometrics trends and partnering with Suprema

Vistec Systems gives an exclusive insight into its recent access control integration projects and why it views Suprema as a key partner. Read More

IFSEC Connect Day 3: Where does the future lie for intruder alarms and detection?

We round up day three of IFSEC Connect, which featured a live panel discussion on the future of intruder alarms and detection. Read More

Why 5G is ‘coming of age’ for the security industry

Why 5G is really beginning to make an impact on the security industry and what challenges are on the horizon in implementing private networks. Read More

Power over Ethernet – What does it mean and what are the benefits?

An overview on the benefits of Power over Ethernet (PoE), as well as an explanation of the terminology associated with the technology. Read More