Live training sessions at IFSEC & FIREX to close the skills gap in security and fire. (Credit: Pexels)

Live training sessions at IFSEC & FIREX to close the skills gap in security and fire

Live installer training IFSEC and FIREX is aiming to close the skills gap within fire services in the UK with its live workshops in May.

The ‘skills gap’ in the security and fire industries has been highlighted as one of the challenges facing the industry, which has worsened after the COVID-19 pandemic. A survey undertaken by IFSEC in 2021, 93% of installers answered CPD or professional qualifications would aid them in their work and help them meet competency requirements.

In addition, the call for installer competency has been put under the spotlight even further after the report into the failings at Grenfell Tower in 2017. The report has put further call for high quality standards to be met and to ensure all of those installing safety measures are up to scratch. The ECS (Electrotechnical Certification Scheme) requirements for cards in the fire and security sector in England are also changing as a result, with updated requirements to achieve both the Systems Technician (also known as the Gold Card) Level 3 cards and the Level 2 Operative Card, where work can be carried out and signed off unsupervised. 

In line with the push for improved competency standards and updated CPD requirements that come with the ECS changes, and to support those looking to develop their expertise, IFSEC and FIREX International will be hosting a programme of CPD-accredited in-person training sessions dedicated to the installer and integrator fire and security community. 

Taking place at London’s ExCeL between 17-19 May, IFSEC and FIREX are offering installers the chance to attend accredited and in-depth training sessions from a mix of training providers and expert vendors on topics such as video surveillance, access control, fire alarm systems and plenty more. The initiative will provide delegates with an unmatched opportunity to get the most out of their visit to the shows, where it will be possible to source new solutions, network with peers and suppliers and develop existing knowledge, all in one place.

Gerry Dunphy, Event Director of IFSEC & FIREX International, explained: “Skills and competency are now at the forefront of the security and fire safety professions, so we’re delighted to be able to introduce focused and relevant training sessions into the shows. IFSEC & FIREX Training is an important addition as visiting customers can not only view and experience the latest technology and speak to market leading vendors, they can now partake in high calibre CPD training sessions to ensure they’re keeping up with current trends, standards and innovations. It means the shows truly become fully rounded experiences for installers and engineers.”

Trevor Jenks, Training Manager at the SSAIB, is working with IFSEC & FIREX to aid the training sessions. He added: “I’m thrilled to be working with the IFSEC & FIREX team on this initiative. The skillset required in the industry is constantly evolving, and attending high quality training from knowledgeable trainers is more important than ever.”

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