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The Gloucester-based fire and security installers Allcooper have been making changes over the past few months, turning their old engineers’ room into a new training facility at the firm’s head office.

The new facility has been fitted with working examples from the product range including intruder, CCTV and access control systems. Working examples have been provided by a number of the company’s suppliers and will be used for demonstrations and training tasks such as programming, testing and maintenance. Intruder products on display include from HKC, Honeywell and Texecom, while CCTV systems from Genie, Samsung, DeView and Dallmeier are on show. Other systems include CQR panic buttons, access control from Videx and Bell systems, as well as GJD Illuminator emergency lighting.

Allcooper employ over thirty installations and service engineers, seven as apprentices who do one day a week’s studying as part of a dedicated Security System Apprenticeship at Gloucestershire College. Apprentices have spent time perfecting their programming skills using the variety of demo systems for training.

Engineers and apprentices gave up their own time to equip the new facility. Installations team leader Paul McAvoy said: “The new training room is something we had in mind for a while but finding the time during working hours was difficult. For engineers and apprentices to give up their own time to work on the room just demonstrates how committed they are to their jobs, and how much they value the skills they stand to gain through individual and group training.” And Allcooper Director, Roman Cooper added: “We have invested significantly in training across all areas of the business, giving our staff and apprentices the best possible opportunity to improve their knowledge and skills. I strongly believe in continuous improvement and apprenticeship schemes, and the new training room is a great example of how we can give our engineers a real platform to develop.”

Pictured in the room are Paul McAvoy and William Emmens.


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