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The access security manufacturer TDSi presents its first higher-level Apprentice. He is trainee Product Engineer Oscar Johnson. Oscar, pictured, is studying for a Higher National Certificate (HNC) at Bournemouth and Poole College for two years. He will continue as a Degree Apprentice for a further four years, with a permanent role at Poole-based TDSi alongside his studies.

TDSi’s Managing Director, John Davies said: “It’s great to welcome Oscar to TDSi. He’s the first candidate to take up a higher-level apprenticeship at TDSi and he’ll be a great asset to our development team, as we ramp up product development and augment products in the GARDiS family and ecosystem. The security industry is leading the way on the apprenticeship front, with initiatives through Skills for Security (part of the BSIA), and TDSi is excited about the energy and innovative thinking that apprentices bring to the table as our ‘Boomers’ retire.”

Oscar, 22, has studied Engineering at college for the last year alongside his previous role in Occupational Health. He said: “This is a great opportunity for me and there is so much variation and job rotation within my new role. I am working within the Development Team, mainly alongside our Product Engineer, Russell Marande, to gain valuable experience and training in this cutting-edge technology company.”

Oscar comes from nearby Bournemouth and has spent most of his life in the area, apart from a year living on the Gold Coast in Australia. “Living in Australia was an amazing experience and tied in well with my other great passions of surfing and photography. I still enjoy surfing and continue to sell photos through my Instagram.”

He said: “It is fascinating finding out how TDSI is adapting towards the future and seeing what great new products will be released before they are unveiled to the public! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me at TDSi.”



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