It has been announced that the Security Systems Apprenticeship (City & Guilds 1853 & 2882) and the Locksmith apprenticeship (571) are to be withdrawn as of the 31st December 2016 with no new starts from the 1st January 2017.

As part of the apprenticeship reforms the government approach is for all apprenticeships to be developed against employer standards and groups of employers (trailblazers) have been developing new apprenticeships standards and assessment approaches.

A public consultation survey has been set up for feedback/appeal on the decision which is open until Wednesday 3rd August 2016.

An expression of interest has been submitted to develop a new Locksmith apprenticeship against employer standards. The development of the new standards and assessment approaches will take place throughout 2016/2017 and employers are invited to have their say and participate in the development.

There is a Level 3 Trailblazer (Apprenticeship) in Fire Emergency and Security Systems currently in development against the new standards and will be open for registrations in 2017.

This level 3 trailblazer is 36 months in duration and will cover Fire, Emergency and Security Systems. Technicians will design, install, commission and maintain electronic systems in and outside simple and complex premises to protect individuals, homes and properties from risk and danger.

The trailblazer will be based on end point assessment to consist of a multiple choice exam, professional discussion with an assessor and a practical based assessment.

Skills for Security will still be taking registrations for apprentices on the current Security Systems apprenticeship (1853 & 2882) and the Locksmith apprenticeship (571) up until December 2016. Apprentices that register before the 31st December 2016 will still be able to complete the apprenticeship within the apprenticeship time frame.

Skills for Security would like to get as many apprentices on the existing City & Guilds scheme before it expires at the end of the year.

For further information, please contact Skills for Security on 01905 744000 or at info@skillsforsecurity.org.uk