British Security Industry Association (BSIA)
British Security Industry Association (BSIA) news
Integrated security manufacturer TDSi is pleased to announce its first higher-level Apprentice, trainee Product Engineer Oscar Johnson. Oscar is currently studying for a Higher National Certificate (HNC) at Bournemouth and Poole College for two years, but will continue as a Degree Apprentice for a further four years, with a permanent role at TDSi alongside his studies. TDSi’s Managing Director, John Davies commented, “It’s great to welcome Oscar to TDSi. He’s the first candidate to take up a higher-level apprenticeship at TDSi and he’ll be a great asset to our development team, as we ramp up product development and augment products in the GARDiS family and ecosystem." Skills for security This is a great opportunity for me and there is so much variation and job rotation within my new role" "The security industry is leading the way on the apprenticeship front, with initiatives through Skills for Security (part of the BSIA), and TDSi is excited about the energy and innovative thinking that apprentices bring to the table as our ‘Boomers’ retire.” Having studied Engineering at college for the last year alongside his previous role in Occupational Health, 22-year-old Oscar is excited by his new role and the opportunities at TDSi. He stated, “This is a great opportunity for me and there is so much variation and job rotation within my new role. I am working within the Development Team, mainly alongside our Product Engineer, Russell Marande, to gain valuable experience and training in this cutting-edge technology company.” Future of security Oscar comes from nearby Bournemouth and has spent most of his life in the area, apart from a year living on the Gold Coast in Australia. “Living in Australia was an amazing experience and tied in well with my other great passions of surfing and photography. I still enjoy surfing and continue to sell photos through my Instagram.” With an eye on the future of technology, Oscar is also excited to be joining a technology company which is helping to shape the future of security. “It is fascinating finding out how TDSi is adapting towards the future and seeing what great new products will be released before they are unveiled to the public. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me at TDSi.”
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) proudly sponsored the Apprentice of the Year Award at the British Security Awards 2020 which took place on 1st July. The annual event, recognising individuals and companies within the private security sector for their talent and commitment in protecting people and property, saw a significant number of NSI approved companies celebrated amongst its winners. Organised by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), this year’s British Security Awards were streamed online for the first time in its history, due to the Coronavirus pandemic and featured special guests including Ian Todd, Chief Executive of the Security Industry Authority and Rick Mounfield CSyP FSyl, Chief Executive of the Security Institute. Nearly 200 representatives from across the sector watched the event ‘live’ on the BSIA’s YouTube channel. Front line key workers NSI congratulates all of the winners and finalists including those NSI approved companies Industry figureheads announced each award including Dame Cressida Dick, DBE QPM, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service who praised the wider security industry and highlighted the invaluable contribution of front line key workers throughout the pandemic. NSI congratulates all of the winners and finalists including those NSI approved companies and their representatives who won the following ten categories: Best Newcomer: Harriet Giles, Mitie Service to the Customer: Thomas Ibbetson, G4S Outstanding Act: Adam Rich, Mitie Security Manager of the Year: Babatunde Lawal, G4S Best team: Templars Square Security Team, Westgrove Group Apprentice of the Year: Tessa Bruce, EFT Systems National Partnership: M&S Connected Solution, Mitie Business of the Year: STM Group SME of the Year: Fenix Monitoring Best Use of Technology: B&Q Crime Centre, Mitie Security systems sector Richard Jenkins NSI Chief Executive commented: “NSI has been a long-standing supporter of apprenticeships within the security sector and was delighted to once again sponsor the Apprentice of the Year award. Our warm congratulations go to Tessa Bruce from EFT Systems in recognition of her drive for success and outstanding achievement in the Engineers of Tomorrow competition heats. We wish Tessa a long and successful career in the security systems sector." "Our congratulations extend to all of this year’s winners and finalists whose achievements and excellence were celebrated by the judges, including those NSI approved companies and representatives who came top in their categories. We pay tribute to the industry’s front line officers whose critical ‘key worker’ contribution was commended with a Chairman’s Special Recognition Award acknowledging the immense role they have carried out during COVID-19.”
Bodies within the Security and Fire sector, namely the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), Fire and Security Association (FSA), National Security Inspectorate (NSI), and the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) are re-iterating calls for employees of all security and fire safety companies approved by UKAS-accredited specialist certification bodies to be designated as ‘Key Workers’, to ensure environments not currently designated as ‘critical’ continue to be protected. Currently those companies providing a service to an institution or business classified as ‘critical’, e.g. hospitals, social care, supermarkets and the food supply chain, national infrastructure and utilities, and their employees are classified as ‘Key Workers’ as the services they provide are required to enable these public spaces to continue to function safely. Non-critical public sector spaces Companies must identify those employees operating under the eight broad headings issued by the government last Friday and act accordingly. With public security resources limited it is vital private security companies are well positioned to provide those activities crucial to the ongoing security of other non-critical public sector spaces, homes and businesses. This is particularly essential with so many organisations now working remotely, ensuring their building and assets are kept safe and secure. In view of the further challenging measures laid out by the government last night, the industry bodies are calling for the following employees working for NSI and SSAIB approved companies in security and fire safety, to be designated as ‘Key Workers’ including but not limited to: Approved Alarm Receiving Centres (ARC) security screened operators facilitating police response to intruder and hold-up alarms Intruder alarm and hold-up alarm installation and maintenance security screened engineers Fire detection and alarm system installer and maintenance engineers Life safety fire risk assessors Portable fire equipment technicians All SIA licence holders including security screened security officers key holding response officers Stating these employees are ‘Key Workers’ will enable them to continue to support the public and emergency services and be available to travel without restriction, safe in the knowledge their children can attend school if necessary.