Case study: Nick GrewcockNick Grewcock, Training Manager at Skills for Security started his career as an apprentice and is now training others at a centre delivering 100% success rates.
Training Manager, Skills for Security
I was always interested in electronics at school and I was lucky enough to secure an apprenticeship in the fire and security industry when I was 16 where I could learn practically on the job whilst continuing with my education.
I started an apprenticeship with Securicor Alarms (before it came part of G4S) and attended college on day release to study City & Guilds electronics. It was there I worked as an Installation and then a Service Engineer.
At the age of 22 I became a Sales Engineer and two years later progressed on to a Team Leader. I continued at college and was sponsored by Securicor to attain an HND in electronics at De Montfort University, Leicester.
Three years later Securicor was purchased by Initial fire and Security and I became an Operations Manager. After 7 years I moved on to become a Training Officer with Initial Fire and Security and then with Chubb Fire and Security.
I was made redundant by Chubb as they closed down their in house apprenticeship training facility at which point I took on my current role as Training Manager at Skills for Security where I manage a team of Assessors, carry out quality assurance of various qualifications and provide training to apprentices at our centre.
I started as an apprentice and I am now the Training Manager at a state of the art training centre.
Skills for Security new training centre opened in 2014 with state of the art equipment and learning suites in which we deliver a range of apprenticeships, qualifications and courses. Over 200 learners come through the centre each year and we are delighted to be achieving 100% success rates.
I started my career as an apprentice and now I am the training manager of the UK’s leading training provider in security systems apprenticeships, helping others to begin their career journey.
The Security Industry
I have been in the security industry now for more than 30 years and it is an excellent field to work in as there are many opportunities to progress your career, such as sales, technical support, management and training.
The industry is in many cases, well paid. Even as an engineer if you are prepared to work hard you can earn a good salary and the work is varied, one day you can be working in a small domestic property and the next a stately home or a large complex multi installation site with fire, CCTV, access control and intruder alarms.
To be a systems engineer you must have an aptitude towards practical work, however many systems can be commissioned via lap tops or maintenance and faults carried out by dialling into the system remotely or from an alarm receiving Centre.
I believe that if you put in the effort with apprentices you will be rewarded.
As a training manager I enjoy passing knowledge onto others and helping them pursue their careers. I hope to continue to promote apprenticeships within the fire and security industry and watch apprentices establish themselves to become competent engineers of our future.
Employers need to promote apprenticeships more and the benefits they bring and look to train within their own organisation.
It is also important for employers to spend time with their apprentices. I am a firm believer in the effort the employer puts in will be well rewarded in the way the apprentice works out as a good employee for them.