Brian Sims

Banham Academy gains first IET approval for security industry

THE LONDON-based Banham Academy continues to set the standard for the industry by being the first organisation of its kind in the fire and security sector to have an apprenticeship scheme approved by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). 

The Banham Academy’s success in gaining approved apprenticeship status for its engineering competency-based apprenticeship standard is a huge feat for both the Academy and, indeed, the sector as a whole.

This recognition reinforces the quality of the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship content. The apprenticeship created by employers within the sector is being recognised as one that contains learning outcomes which don’t just meet the needs of employers, but is now also benchmarked against the requirements of the IET.

This approval will allow all apprentices passing through the Banham Academy to apply for the Engineering Technician Registration, providing them with invaluable credentials for their careers and the vital letters ‘ENG Tech TMIET’ after their names. Furthermore, it affords employers a competitive edge in the workforce by dint of their employees officially being recognised and accredited by the IET as engineering technicians.

The IET approval process involves an assessment by trained and experienced engineers who consider a range of evidence including roles undertaken by apprentices, how the scheme supports the wider business and mentoring and also the degree of support available to apprentices. The Banham Academy Apprenticeship Scheme has been praised by employers in the security sector nationwide for the high-quality content it provides apprentices.

Kevin Faulkner, head of the Banham Academy, informed Security Matters: “I’m thrilled that we’re the first training provider in the security industry to be awarded approval from the IET. The Banham Academy has continued to raise the bar for excellence in the delivery of the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems apprenticeship and stands alone as the trailblazer for recognising and delivering the highest standards in the fire and security systems sector. This incredibly important IET accreditation means that our apprentices will graduate with even more confidence and value as they embark on their careers as skilled engineers.”

Dan Canty, the IET’s accreditation manager, concluded: “The IET congratulates the Banham Academy on being awarded approval status, which demonstrates that the Academy maintains the highest standards of quality, content, technician support and assessment and continuously improves upon those standards.”

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