BSIA: Exceptional apprentices are recognised with national award

The hard work and dedication of the security industry's apprentices has been recognised by the presentation of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA)'s annual Apprentice Installer Awards.

The awards recognise and reward the high standards of service and professionalism that are demonstrated by apprentices working in the security industry.

From a strong selection of entries the following winners were selected:

• The overall winner of this year’s Apprentice Installer Awards is Mathew Pickles of Advanced Security Systems. Mathew joined the industry following a successful work placement whilst in school that led to an immediate job offer upon completion of his studies. This young apprentice has shown ambition and tenacity and is now on the right path to achieving his objective of becoming Installations Director by his early 30s. He has been praised by lecturers, superiors and peers alike for his likeable and reassuring personality, combined with a strong work ethic and can-do attitude.
• Matthew Broughton of Chubb Fire and Security Ltd was awarded for his enthusiasm and knowledge of the industry and standards, which is well in excess of that expected from an apprentice. He has become a valued member of his Newcastle branch team, and has developed excellent customer service skills. This means he never shies away from becoming a customer’s main point of contact before, during and after the installation of a system, be it intruder alarms, access control or CCTV.
• Christopher Dawson of Crozet Alarms Ltd won his award for demonstrating a sound knowledge and understanding of the industry, and for his ability to relate real working examples to what he has learned on his course. Throughout his apprenticeship he has carried out a number of Intruder Alarm and CCTV installations, and has demonstrated the ability to work well both in a team and individually. Moreover, his lecturers have praised his professionalism and commitment to his studies on a number of occasions.

James Kelly, BSIA Chief Executive, says: "These awards recognise the elite of the security industry's apprentices and are a tribute to the dedication of the new blood of our industry. Each of this year's winning apprentices has demonstrated extreme commitment to their career in the security industry and the BSIA is honoured to acknowledge their achievements. I offer my sincere congratulations to each of the winners who should accept this accolade with great pride."

The awards were presented by Lynne Featherstone MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Equalities and Criminal Information, at the BSIA's annual lunch, which was held yesterday (13th of July) at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

The BSIA would like to take this opportunity to thank Selectamark Security Systems PLC for their kind sponsorship of these awards.

Editors Notes

The British Security Industry Association is the trade association covering all aspects of the professional security industry in the UK. Its members provide over 70% of UK security products and services and adhere to strict quality standards. For more information see, email or telephone 0845 389 3889.

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