BSIA extends entry deadline for its Apprentice Installer Awards

Mathew Pickles - Advanced Security Apprentice Installer Award
Mathew Pickles - Advanced Security Apprentice Installer Award

Rewarding young apprentices for their early career successes is the central focus of the Apprentice Installer Awards, presented annually by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA).

To ensure that as many companies as possible have the opportunity to nominate their young apprentices, the BSIA has extended this year’s entry deadline to Friday, 27th April.

James Kelly, Chief Executive of the BSIA, comments: “With youth unemployment reaching an unprecedented 22% last year, creating meaningful, long-term career opportunities for young people has never been more important. These awards provide an important boost to our industry’s young employees by celebrating their outstanding achievements.”

The Association is calling for nominations from all companies certified for their installation activities by a UKAS accredited body. Apprentices are eligible if they are involved in the installation of alarms, CCTV, access control or a combination of these. The scheme is designed for third-year and particularly outstanding second-year apprentices.

Last year’s winner, Mathew Pickles, of Advanced Security Systems, joined the industry following a successful work placement while in school, which led to an immediate job offer upon completion of his studies. Mathew was nominated for his ambition and tenacity, and is now on the right path to achieving his objective of becoming Installations Director by his early 30s. He has been praised by lecturers, superiors and peers alike for his likeable and reassuring personality, combined with a strong work ethic and can-do attitude.

Sponsored by BSIA member, Pyronix, the 2012 Apprentice Installer Awards will be presented in a glittering ceremony – complete with three-course meal – at the BSIA’s Annual Luncheon, which will take place at the London Hilton on Park Lane, on June 27th. Last year’s Apprentice Installer Awards were presented by Lynne Featherstone MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Equalities and Criminal Information, and the event is also attended by influential media representatives from national broadcast media and the security trade press, providing significant publicity opportunities for nominated companies and winning apprentices.

James Kelly, BSIA Chief Executive, says: “These awards recognise the elite of the security industry’s apprentices and are a tribute to the dedication of the new blood of our industry.”


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