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Apprenticeship plan approved

The UK Government has approved the Assessment Plan for the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Apprenticeship. That plan sets out how Fire, Emergency and Security Systems apprentices will be assessed, and details the apprenticeship’s ‘synoptic end point assessment’, which will be taken by the apprentice in the final three months of their apprenticeship.

Pat Allen, Director of Abel Alarm and chairman of the trade body the Fire and Security Association (FSA) is lead employer on the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Trailblazer group. Pat, pictured, said: “I’m delighted that the government has approved the Assessment Plan, and in doing so have enabled our industry to complete the final step towards having a structured apprenticeship – something we have needed for many years – that fits the needs of employers and their businesses.”

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Steve Martin, Head of the Fire and Security Association (FSA), has welcomed the plan approval. He said: “The government’s approval of the assessment plan is the final step towards our industry having an apprenticeship that is tailored to the needs of employers, and that reflects what our industry is – a specialist engineering discipline. It means we now have a means of recruiting high calibre individuals at entry level and offer them a structured training programme, something which will help our succession planning and our efforts to develop the industry’s future skills base. For too long our industry has relied on others to train people at entry level who we have then migrated across, but now we are in a position to develop our own pipeline of talent and offer those seeking to join our industry at entry level the opportunity to do so.

“The FSA is proud to have contributed to the development of the apprenticeship plan and apprenticeship standard through our work on the stakeholder group. I would like to congratulate Pat Allen, our Chairman, for his work on this project – and for his – and the other members of the employer group’s – efforts to turn the aspiration for an apprenticeship for this industry into a reality.”

About the Fire and Security Association (FSA) 

The FSA was founded in 2007 as a specialist group of the Electrical Contractors’ Association. The FSA represents ECA members involved in the business of designing, installing, commissioning, maintaining and monitoring electronic fire and security systems. The FSA also partners with Scottish trade body SELECT on fire and security issues. Visit


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