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Apprentice assessment first

Elliot Veheary is the first apprentice at Banham Academy, the training arm of the London-based installation company Banham to pass their assessment there. He’s passed the End Point Assessment Level 3 for the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Apprenticeship Standard.

Banham Academy have had over 100 apprentices enrol on their skills and training programme. They remain one of the largest industry providers of training in England and were the first End Point Assessment Centre for the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Apprenticeship Standard.

That End Point Assessment runs over two days, involving formal measurement of practical skills; knowledge and behaviours via a professional discussion. Once complete, the apprentice can then apply for membership of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), as an Engineering Technician (EngTech). This shows employers that the person has had their competence independently assessed and their credentials verified. Also, the apprentice will have accredited prior learning for a gold card under the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS).

Kevin Faulkner, Head of Banham Academy said: “Elliot’s achievement in passing the Apprenticeship Standard through our End Point Assessment Centre is a proud moment for us all at Banham. Not only is Elliot the first Banham apprentice to pass, but his achievement showcases the quality of talent that is being cultivated through our specialist training programme. The level of skill and knowledge being demonstrated by young apprentices like Elliot, is setting a new benchmark in the fire and security industry.

“I strongly encourage all employers in our industry to take on more apprentices, there are so many capable young people who are motivated and committed to bettering their futures who simply require an opportunity. These homegrown, talented, young Apprentices are truly shaping the future of our industry.’

Croydon-based Elliot joined the Academy three years ago after completing a City and Guilds Electrician course, which led him to look to become an engineer.

Elliot Veheary said: ‘I am really proud of passing the Apprenticeship Standard and also being the first Apprentice at Banham to do this! This is a huge personal achievement for me and I’m really thankful to Banham for all their support they have given me along the way. Since joining the apprenticeship scheme I have learned so much and everyone has made me feel welcomed and included as part of the team.

“To have been given an opportunity as a Banham Apprentice has been life changing for me and I couldn’t recommend the Academy more to anyone looking to gain a career in the industry. Within three years I am able to install, commission and maintain even the most complex security systems and I look forward to continuing my career with Banham.’

The Academy is seeking more employers that would like an apprentice. It remains open as an education provider and is following Government guidelines during Covid-19. The Academy based in SW18, pictured, was purpose-built for delivery of apprenticeships and skills learning. Its opening was featured in the September 2016 print edition of Professional Security magazine.


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