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Apprentices from New College Lanarkshire are set to gain from a donation from a local security installation company. Cumbernauld-based VWS Ltd has donated equipment for students on the Electrical Fire and Security Modern Apprenticeship, at the College’s Motherwell Campus.

The local company has donated four IP HD cameras, two wireless links and a POE network video recorder from manufacturer Hikvision – value over £1,000.

The donation will allow apprentices to learn about the installation of wireless links – a skill not previously been covered in the curriculum due to lack of equipment.

David Scott, Curriculum and Quality Leader in Built Environment and Securities at the college, said:
“VWS Ltd has supported the apprenticeship for over ten years and the majority of those that completed the Modern Apprenticeship continue to work with them to this day. The company has a fantastic relationship with its staff and apprentices which is evident from its employment retention.

“Without the support of partners like VWS the apprenticeship wouldn’t be able to continue to improve and adapt to current trends. Free equipment like the wireless links are vital to the continued development of our curriculum and we can’t thank them enough for their kind donation.

Operations Manager of VWS, Lindsay Wilson, said: “During our long relationship with the College our trainees have be very lucky to have been taught to a very high standard and this is reflected in their high quality of work that they display on a daily basis – whether out in the field or in a classroom environment. When the opportunity was presented to us we were more than happy to donate the equipment allowing the students to work with the latest IP CCTV and wireless technology.

“We at VWS Ltd will look forward to working with New Lanarkshire College for many more years and share in the teaching success of the Electrical Fire and Security Apprenticeship program. We would like to thank everyone involved for providing a first-class course that will shape the engineers for the future.”

The Modern Apprenticeship has seen 15 employees of VWS Ltd taking training and upskilling. Two are due to begin in August.

For more on New College Lanarkshire’s Modern Apprenticeship, visit: http://www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk/courses/modern-apprenticeships.

Pictured centre among apprentices is the Holyrood SNP Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn MSP, who attended the official handover.


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