Team Valley based Access Training has added to its training team with the appointment of a senior trainer and industry expert in response to the increasing demand for fire, security and emergency systems apprenticeships in the region.
Access currently has 50 apprentices on the Fire, Security and Emergency Systems Apprenticeship, working toward their professional qualification whilst gaining excellent paid work experience as young engineers and technicians at firms from across the North East.
Malcolm Armstrong managing director of Access Training said: “The fire and security sector is a growing industry that plays a vital role in the economy and as a result we are experiencing the highest demand we have ever seen for this course. Adding Dave to our team of trainers means that we can respond to this increased demand and I’m sure the experience he brings will be a great benefit to our apprentices.”
Engineer Dave Cash brings with him 30 years’ experience working within the security and alarms sector with employers including ADT Fire and Security plc, most recently as a field line manager.
Dave Cash, now a security and alarms sector specialist trainer at Access Training, said: “I’m really pleased to have joined the team and its great working with the young people at Access Training. We have around 50 apprentices on board this year and each apprentice attends our Team Valley training centre one day per week over the three-year duration of the course. The apprentices come from a variety of employers large and small, right across the region, from Teesside to Northumberland and across to Cumbria.
18-year-old Kieran Campbell from Chester-Le-Street in County Durham is a former pupil of St Leonards in Durham where he achieved five GCSEs and a BTEC in engineering. He now works as a trainee fire and security engineer with The Protector Group, a Team Valley security systems business with offices across the UK.
He said: “I always wanted to get a trade and at The Protector Group I have the opportunity to work on projects including the Metro Centre, healthcare business GSK, Newcastle Central Station and many others. All this at the same time as working toward my Level 3 Apprenticeship and receiving classroom and workshop training from Access Training who provide ongoing help.