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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: Registration live!

Engineers of Tomorrow is back for 2021, and registration for those wishing to take part is now live! Read More

“More sophisticated CCTV systems stimulating collaboration and demand for external expertise”

Are more sophisticated CCTV systems enabling greater collaboration and generating demand for expertise from external integration companies? Read More

Skills for Security announces Apprentice of the Year and Class of 2020

Skills for Security has awarded Matthew Aindow Apprentice of the Year after scoring 93% in his End Point Assessment (EPA). Read More

Paxton Net2 tutorial series available for installers

Paxton has produced a new series of Net2 tutorials to support installers with the latest features in its access control software. Read More

Rising to the challenge: Perspectives from security leaders on 2020 and beyond

Chris Price talks to five industry leaders from different perspectives in the sector about how they coped with COVID and asks them to look forward to 2021. Read More

Workforce wellbeing: A case study in supporting engineers during a pandemic

How new employee engagement software has supported the wellbeing of engineers at installation firm, Amthal Fire and Security. Read More

Electrotechnical Certification Scheme issues reminder ahead of January changes to FESS occupation requirements

The Electrotechnical Certification Scheme has issued a reminder regarding the new requirements for FESS occupations. Read More

Tavcom Training celebrates 25-year anniversary

Tavcom Training is celebrating its 25-year anniversary, having trained and certified in excess of 50,000 learners since its inception. Read More

Up to standard with the SCA smoke control installer certification scheme

David Mowatt outlines the reasons behind the SCA’s introduction of a third-party accredited smoke control Installer certification scheme. Read More

Paxton pivots with Net2 updates and installer app to support professionals in 2020

Paxton has launched several COVID-secure updates for Net2, alongside launching its new installer app to support systems installers. Read More