CSS Apprentice Wins Prestigious BSIA Award
The British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) Annual Luncheon on 12th July also played host to the prestigious Apprentice Installer Awards, where one overall winner and two joint runners up received awards for their achievements.
The awards recognise the academic and practical successes of Level Two and Level Three apprentices involved in the installation of alarms, CCTV, access control or a combination of these systems. As well as rewarding the accomplishments of bright young apprentices, the awards also highlight the commitment of security companies and training providers in providing young talent with the opportunity to succeed in the security industry.
Excelling in Electronic Fire and Security
This year’s overall winner is Corrie Stewart, a 21 year old student from New College Lanarkshire (NCL) who is in the third year of her apprenticeship with Connelly Security Systems. Corrie has been impressing her peers and tutors at every level of her apprenticeship, being nominated for the award for her attention to detail and overall skillset. In his nomination, David Scott, Curriculum & Quality Leader of Built Environment and Electronic Fire and Security at NCL, explained that Corrie “is performing well beyond her years in terms of understanding systems and system circuitry.”
Already Running Fire and Security Systems Installations
Corrie has been excelling in both the theory and practical elements of her apprenticeship, completing 12 units of her qualification with a 90% pass mark or more. Although a third year apprentice, Corrie is already out on her own running her own fire and security jobs, which include installation and maintenance visits to British and European standards. Her fantastic interpersonal skills means she never leaves a customer until they are comfortable and compliant in using the systems.
Talking about her award, Corrie enthused: “I am incredibly proud to have won this award – it feels so surreal! I’ve absolutely loved my apprenticeship with New College Lanarkshire and CSS. It’s been hard work but my determination has paid off and I can’t wait to see where it takes me next.”
She went on to add: “The apprenticeship has given me an opportunity to enhance my skills, gain valuable experience and work with those who have vast experience in the industry. The programme offers a varied career that requires skills and problem-solving and you face different challenges every day. I’m really proud of my success in such a male-dominated industry, but I can already see it changing and am delighted to hear that there’s another female apprentice in first year now.”