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Tavcom Training, the Hampshire-based provider of accredited security systems training courses and part of the Linx International Group, is celebrating its 25-year anniversary. Since 1995, the company has trained and certified some 50,000 learners (in 100 countries), across more than 100 classroom and online courses.
Given the spread of security technology in the 1990s, including CCTV, access control and alarms, Mike Tennent as the founder of Tavcom saw a demand for vendor-agnostic training, in the design, installation, management and use of these increasingly complex systems. Today, the pace of technical innovation is if anything faster than ever; and hence the need for relevant training.
Kevin Matthew, pictured, Operations Director at Tavcom Training recalls: “In 1995 there were training courses which were accredited by a variety of industry bodies, but there were no standardised vocational qualifications, that were universally recognised by employers in the UK and overseas.” A key milestone came in 2001 when Tavcom’s BTEC courses were accredited by the Edexcel Foundation. Kevin adds: “This proved to be a game changer for the security industry, with quantifiable and accredited qualifications available for the first time.”
From its base in Bishops Waltham Tavcom forged ties with the BSIA, the inspectorates NSI and SSAIB, the CCTV User Group / NASCAM, Skills for Security and for armed forces leavers the Career Transition Partnership, plus other certification bodies including City and Guilds and its certificates and National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs). The company in 2017 launched the Certified Technical Security Professional (CTSP) Register, managed by Tavcom, as a professional public Register to recognise the competency of those fulfilling technical roles in the electronic security and fire sectors.
Tavcom continues to seek subject matter experts and trainers, developing new courses, technical and non-technical – control room operations, system planning and project management, disaster recovery, counter-eavesdropping, PAT testing, solar panel installation and covert CCTV. The company has kept making upgrades to its training centre in Bishops Waltham, as well as opening a new site in Shipley, West Yorkshire, and delivering courses at a purpose-built training centre in Singapore.
Kevin adds: “One of the biggest transformations in how we deliver training has taken place in the past few years, with demand for online courses growing exponentially. Our portfolio of accredited online security training courses, bitesize training and interactive courses enable security professionals to access the training and qualifications they need, from anywhere in the world.” Tavcom’s established online training program has proven invaluable for many security professionals this year, with restrictions on travel and national lockdowns, providing an opportunity for many to improve upon their knowledge and skills.
“We are immensely proud of our rich 25-year heritage and as the security market and technology continues to evolve and grow, Tavcom is committed to being a trusted and respected training partner for learners at every stage of their career, whatever their training needs, circumstances, and requirements.”