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Ten years for Abloy Academy

The physical security product manufacturer Abloy UK reports a decade of education from its training Academy, giving knowledge on emergency and panic escape compliance and standards.

The Abloy Academy was created in 2009; set up to develop training of end-users and major businesses to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of compliance. The course leaders in locks and door opening are also pivotal in development and improvement of new standards and legislation, working with the British Standards Institute (BSI) and European Committee for Standardisation (CEN).

The product firm adds that Academy certification gives reassurance of a person’s competence and specialist product knowledge. The two core courses offered are the Foundations and Foundations Plus, teaching European and British Standards in detail. Courses are held at the Abloy UK headquarters in Willenhall in the west Midlands, class sizes of 15 to 20 who can interact and ask questions. Courses are free, and can provide CPD points and two years validity on industry standards.

The Academy encourages new and previous attendees who wish to develop their knowledge and skills, notifying past delegates if a particular regulation is updated with an invitation to a refresher course.

Pat Jefferies, pictured, Commercial Director at Abloy UK, said: “Abloy UK has a strong reputation for producing security solutions of superior quality, however the high performance of products can only be realised by the abilities of the people who specify and install them.

“As legislation is constantly evolving, the need to educate the industry is always present, and the development of standards means emergency escape access control specifiers must continue to refresh their knowledge. Ultimately, this isn’t just about conforming to standards for the sake of it – lives are put at risk when an emergency escape system is not complaint. Through teaching at the Academy, I can sleep comfortably at night, knowing that I have done my part to help people safely escape from a building if they need to.”

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