The future looks bright for our first apprentice

MP Electronic Fire and Security (MPEFS) provide a cohesive development programme to benefit employees and the business. Within this we have begun to offer apprenticeship programmes.

We all have a responsibility to maximise opportunities within communities, and through our philosophy of lifelong learning have formalised our approach to delivering on this.

MPEFS have recently taken on our first apprentice, Thomas Farrelly. Thomas is undertaking a Level 2 apprenticeship in Electronic Security and Emergency Systems at Skills for Security College, Birmingham. (Pictured below)


College assessors will come out to site to see how apprentices are getting on which feeds back to the college. This is inputted into assignments which are carried out around college to encourage independent learning. During college, industry specialists such as BT Red Care and CSL Dual Com give detailed talks about how they are involved in what apprentices do on site.

“Every time I visit college I feel like I come out with so much more knowledge of the industry and this prepares me well for going back to site with the engineers”

This course is specifically designed to gain the qualifications within the electronic security and emergency systems industry. Every six weeks Thomas attends college for a week of tutoring and practical work.

 “If I ever have any questions for my college assignments, the engineers I work with on site are always happy to support me”.

Real work example – Recent Intruder Alarm Upgrade

The project involved the upgrade of the intruder alarm system and IP signalling. Thomas played a key role in ensuring the system was upgraded to comply with NSI Codes of Practice as well as job shadowing the site engineer.

“I felt like I was a real part of the team, heavily involved in installation, and commissioning”

How have you found this apprenticeship so far?

“I look forward to going to work now. At first I thought this would be somewhat daunting with regards to level of technical expertise required. This has been made easy with the high quality level of engineers showing me the correct way. I’m constantly learning and developing my knowledge in the security sector”

Where will you go from here?

 “I want to keep learning and improving my skills and knowledge of the industry. I want to complete my qualification to the highest standard and work my way up to be a fully qualified engineer”.

The future looks bright for Thomas. We look forward to supporting him in achieving his goal.

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