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Gloucestershire-based security installers Allcooper have welcomed their latest intake of apprentices, who have joined the company to begin careers as security systems engineers. Six apprentices have been recruited on the back of a newly-formed partnership between Allcooper and South Gloucestershire & Stroud College, who have worked together on a security systems apprenticeship. A two-year course leads to full NVQ qualifications and aims to bring more young people into the security industry.
Having officially joined Allcooper on August 1, 2016, the apprentices will take part in Allcooper’s apprenticeship scheme, which features product-specific and health and safety training. They will also be pairing up with senior Allcooper engineers to gain practical skills and experience of working on systems and sites. Their time will be combined with study at South Gloucestershire & Stroud College for one day a week, starting in October.
All aged between 17 and 21, William McKay, William Ellis, Kyle Sterry, Louis Murphy, Sean Doel and Charlie Euwin will each be learning to install and maintain the latest security technology including intruder alarms, CCTV and access control systems. Charlie Euwin has become their first female employee to take on an engineering role.
As a former apprentice with the family business himself, Allcooper Director, Roman Cooper hopes the apprentices can follow in his footsteps by building long-lasting careers in the industry. Roman said: “Encouraging young people is key for the future of security, so I’m thrilled to see another group grasp the opportunity to learn and develop through our apprenticeship scheme. The fact Charlie has become our first female engineer is great news for the business and shows the growing appeal of a career in security, regardless of age or gender. I’m looking forward to seeing them all progress over the coming years.”
New recruit, William McKay, 21, expressed his excitement about beginning his apprenticeship. William said: “The apprenticeship really appealed to me because it’s an opportunity to earn whilst you learn. Security is a really interesting industry and I know Allcooper have a strong track-record for bringing through apprentices. I’m excited to learn new, hands-on skills and travel around the country alongside the more experienced engineers. I can’t wait to get started.”
Pictured left to right outside the firm’s offices are William Ellis, Kyle Sterry, William McKay, Charlie Euwin, Sean Doel and Louis Murphy.