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The security inspectorate SSAIB reports a training partnership with BT Redcare, the first manufacturer to work with the Tyne and Wear-based inspectorate, to include syllabus items from the new fire, emergency and security systems standard. This new format will then be delivered to companies and colleges that specialise in security and fire systems.
Redcare will also become the first manufacturer to be listed on the new training component of the SSAIB’s website for registered firms. This will grow to include details of training schemes and a list of colleges and commercial providers that offer them.
SSAIB training manager Trevor Jenks mentioned this new link up at the company’s Installers Forum earlier this year and he believes that partnerships of this type are needed for engineers. Trevor said: “BT Redcare have been doing this for a long time, so it’s a way to enhance their training and ensure the essential knowledge of the technology is put in place. It’s a way of extending the existing training and expand the knowledge of engineers in this industry.
“It will also support the colleges and training providers – and we have to support them – but the main thing is that the existing product training is enhanced by ensuring that the fundamental technology is understood by experienced engineers and apprentices alike. There are a lot of engineers out in the field who know how to fit and – with experience – maintain the products. However, by keeping their foundation knowledge up to date, they will become even better engineers and that’s the aim.”
Redcare offer alarm signalling services, covering hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses. Redcare regional technical manager Rob McLaughlin said: “As a leader in fire and security, BT Redcare is committed to providing a range of class leading products, but also to promoting best practice and raising engineering standards within the industry as well. We’re extremely excited to work alongside the SSAIB on this new exciting training initiative and help get the next generation of installation engineers off to the best possible start in their careers.”
SSAIB adds that it’s also working with other manufacturers.