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31 January 2017

New Fire, Emergency and Security Apprenticeship launches in Wales

Through the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) working closely with Welsh Government through the European Social Fund, a new Fire, Emergency and Security Apprenticeship has been launched in Wales. The course commenced yesterday (30th January 2017) at Cardiff and Vale College (CAVC).

The new apprenticeship is viewed as a key factor to help lessen the skills gap that exists within the fire, emergency and security sector in Wales through providing employers with a new generation of engineers and installers for the future.

The 13-month apprenticeship will be delivered by Electronic Communications Solutions (ECS) Ltd. The company will deliver the knowledge element of the course to candidates over two consecutive days per month, which is seen as the most effective way to benefit learners.

JTL, an organisation that offers a number of training services within the building services sector, has worked in collaboration with the ECA to establish the Fire, Emergency and Security Apprenticeship.

The awards gained by successful completion of the apprenticeship will be from City and Guilds – a global leader in skills development. Qualifications in Knowledge of Electronic Security and Emergency Systems, as well as Providing Electronic Security and Emergency Systems, will be awarded to successful candidates.

Michelle Davies, ECA South Wales regional manager, has played an integral role in developing the new apprenticeship in Wales. As well as meeting with Welsh Government civil servants, Ms Davies also met with Welsh Skills Minister Julie James AM at the Skills Cymru event during autumn 2016, where the Minister backed the efforts of the ECA to encourage young people into engineering.

Michelle Davies commented:

“We are really pleased to be launching this new apprenticeship at Cardiff and Vale College, which is a significant step towards providing avenues for young people in Wales seeking a career in the fire, emergency and security services sector.

“We are grateful to ECS for delivering the course and to the company’s director, Martin Kane, who has been incredibly helpful with getting this apprenticeship on track.”

Martyn Rogers, JTL’s regional business manager for Wales, said:

“We are very excited that this new course is now up and running, and pleased to receive funding support through the Welsh Government to make this happen. We are more than happy to work with the ECA to deliver courses for its members and their apprentices.”

Andrew Whitcombe, CAVC’s Dean of work based learning, said:

“Cardiff and Vale College and its work based learning consortium are very pleased to be at the forefront of this exciting new initiative. It will help promote and develop apprenticeships in an entirely new sector and allow a whole new cohort of learners to be enrolled.

“We welcome working with the ECA and our fellow consortium member JTL to further develop this apprenticeship to higher levels.”

Jeffery Witts, chairman and founder of Cardiff-based SGD Security, who originally requested for this apprenticeship to be developed, commented:

“We strongly believe in the apprenticeship system. I’ve been disappointed previously that there has been no formal recognition in terms of college courses for the fire, emergency and security sector. However, I’m pleased to see the Welsh Government supporting the launch of this initiative to train and provide qualifications, to enable young people to be qualified to enter the world of work in this sector.

“SGD Security will certainly be looking to send our own apprentices to complete this new course.”