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Apprentices Recognised at SERC

Ian Fiddis, Chair of the Northern Ireland Fire & Security Federation who presented EAL Awards to SERC Level 3 Fire & Security Apprentices, Tiernan Maxwell (Belfast), Ronan McConnell (Belfast), Harrison Reddick (Bangor), Alexander Wallace (Saintfield) all employed by Atlas World, with Graeme White,  Atlas World.

Eighteen (18) Apprentices were recognised at a special event at South Eastern Regional College (@S_ERC) to mark completion of their Fire & Security Apprenticeships NI.

The Apprentices were the first in the UK to achieve the EAL NVQ Diploma Level 3 in Providing Electronic Fire and Security Systems as part of their apprenticeship.

Robin Hamill, Curriculum Manager for Fire and Security at SERC said,

“We are delighted to have this first cohort successfully complete this new qualification. Each of the students displayed a dedicated approach to their studies and employment and, in achieving the qualification, have proved their employability and professionalism for a growing industry.”

Kevin Sparrow, Industry Portfolio Manager – BSE, EAL said,

“As the specialist Awarding Organisation, End Point Assessment Organisation and skills partner for the Engineering & Manufacturing and Building Services Engineering industries, we seek to ensure that all our qualifications provide the right skills at the right time to keep up with evolving industry and societal needs.

“The EAL Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Providing Electronic Fire and Security Systems Apprenticeship is a great example of this. Not only does it provide a meaningful qualification for experienced fire system engineers, but it also addresses the need we all have for highly skilled professionals to ensure these systems to keep us safe.”

The Awards were presented by Ian Fiddis, Chair of the Northern Ireland Fire & Security Federation.

To find out more about Apprenticeships at SERC come along to our open day, 4.00pm – 7.00pm,  7 March 2024 at SERC’s Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn and Newtownards Campuses.  

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