As our first intake of Academy Trainees are set to graduate at the end of the month, we caught up with our Training Support Manager Safir Hussein for the lowdown on the last three months, and to find out what makes securing a place on our Churches Academy such a great opportunity for anyone considering a career as a Fire & Security Alarm Technician.
Safir told us that the Academy was launched to help address a need for Technicians to service our customer’s intruder and fire safety systems to industry leading standards. In an industry with a notable skills shortage, the Academy provides an opportunity to provide the right people with the necessary skills to be a competent Technician, and to learn the Churches way – how things should be done. The Churches Academy presents a route for candidates from outside of the Fire & Security industry to join and train and enter a sector with higher than average remuneration and potential.
We asked Safir the secret to his 100% success rate with new trainees..“I think the fact that the Academy course is so well structured really helps our groups to learn at their own pace. There’s a unique balance between classroom style theory and practical experience with a mentor, so we’re able to offer constant support to pick up any areas where some more help might be needed. Churches have really invested in the Academy – it’s an opportunity to learn skills from experienced Technicians, but not only that – we give detailed training on British Standards, and how to service equipment to the highest standards in line with these so it’s great for our customers as well!
We hear that your first group of Trainees are about to graduate – what does that mean for the individuals, and for the business?
“It’s fantastic for the team – they’ve been paid in full for their training but as you’d expect, there is a financial advantage for them once they pass out of the Academy which is great news for all of them and well deserved because they’ve all put so much effort in to building their knowledge – I’m bursting with pride about how well all of the guys have done, and I’m excited to watch them build their careers with us. For the business, and most importantly for our customers this is great news, because this cements our ability to exceed customer expectations in the future.
So what’s next…?Well, the support doesn’t stop for these guys – we’ll be mentoring them and supporting their development in the coming months and I’m excited to say that we’re starting work on our next intake already!
For more information about our Churches Academy, please contact our Recruitment team at email@example.com