Aspiring security engineers begin apprenticeships with Allcooper
Allcooper are celebrating the arrival of our latest intake of apprentices, who have joined the company to begin careers as security systems engineers.
Six apprentices have been recruited on the back of a newly-formed partnership with South Gloucestershire & Stroud College, who we have worked closely with to implement the security systems apprenticeship. The two-year course leads to full NVQ qualifications and aims to bring more young people into the rapidly growing security industry, which is flourishing due to the advancement of new technology and ever-increasing demand.
Having officially joined Allcooper on 1st August 2016, the apprentices will take part in our successful apprenticeship scheme, which features a full programme of product-specific and Health and Safety training. They will also be pairing up with senior Allcooper engineers to gain practical skills and experience of working on different systems and sites. Their time will be combined with study at South Gloucestershire & Stroud College for one day per week, starting in October 2016.
All aged between 17 and 21, William McKay, William Ellis, Kyle Sterry, Louis Murphy, Sean Doel and Charlie Euwin will each be learning to install and maintain the very latest security technology including intruder alarms, CCTV and access control systems.
Another exciting development for Allcooper is that Charlie Euwin has become our first female employee to take on an engineering role.
As a former apprentice with the family business himself, Director, Roman Cooper hopes the apprentices can follow in his footsteps by building long-lasting careers within the industry.
Roman explained: "Encouraging young people is key for the future of security, so I'm thrilled to see another group grasp the opportunity to learn and develop through our apprenticeship scheme. The fact Charlie has become our first female engineer is great news for the business and shows the growing appeal of a career in security, regardless of age or gender. I'm looking forward to seeing them all progress over the coming years."
New recruit, William McKay, 21, expressed his excitement about beginning his apprenticeship with Allcooper. William commented: "The apprenticeship really appealed to me because it's an opportunity to earn whilst you learn. Security is a really interesting industry and I know Allcooper have a strong track-record for bringing through apprentices. I'm excited to learn new, hands-on skills and travel around the country alongside the more experienced engineers. I can't wait to get started."
Apprenticeships have been a part of our heritage since Allcooper was established by father and sons, Gary, Gerard and Roman Cooper. In recent years, we are proud to have been recognised for our apprenticeship scheme at the Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Awards, winning the 'Apprenticeship Development' award in 2013, 'Best Employer' award in 2014 and 'Outstanding Contribution to Apprenticeships in Gloucestershire' in 2015, awarded to Roman Cooper. Roman was the company's first apprentice, joining the business three months after formation.