Banham Academy Newsletter

Banham Academy Newsletter

This bi-monthly newsletter keeps you abreast of news and developments. So if you are an apprentice or employer, or simply interested, scroll down and find out the latest at Banham Academy.

— OCTOBER 2019 NEWSLETTER —

BANHAM ACADEMY IS GROWING

We warmly welcome the following new members of staff:

Lee Cattle

Lee Cattle – Technical Tutor

Lee served a Mechanical Engineering apprenticeship at Ford Motor Company. He has worked in the security industry as a service engineer, a site-based service engineer at Sky TV studios, a security systems manager for Sky UK and a technical support/product trainer for an access control manufacturer.

Vlora Aliu

Vlora Aliu – Administration Assistant

Vlora Aliu also began work as an apprentice and has since gained valuable experience with a range of training providers, in business support, audit and compliance and data administration. Vlora has a training qualification and is passionate about supporting learners’ development.

Tony Clark

Tony Clark (previously Apprenticeships Manager – now self-employed)

Tony is now spending part of his working week delivering functional skills and soft skills for Banham Academy, as well as carrying out all-important learner progress reviews.

JOHNSON CONTROLS

We are delighted to welcome the first of three Johnson Controls (ADT) cohorts. During their first week at Banham Academy, they have been learning about electronic principles.

Victoria Douglas - Johnson Controls Apprenticeship Programme Manager, says:

We are pleased to be working in partnership with Banham Academy to ensure our apprentices receive quality teaching and learning to support their careers in the fire and security industry.

Johnson Controls Cohort

END OF YEAR TESTS

Congratulations to Cohort 1 on their End of Year 2 tests in July, and to Cohort 3 on their End of Year 1 tests in September. Tests comprised practical, theory and a professional discussion. Keep up the good work.

SAFE ISOLATION

Apprentices are learning how to safely connect security equipment to electrical spurs. They are shown how to eliminate the risk of electrocution and have a healthy respect for electricity.

CSL AND TEXECOM

Product training events are taking place with CSL and Texecom, providing apprentices with a wider understanding of available technologies. We plan to attract more manufacturers soon, to cover Fire, CCTV and Access Control.

EQUIPMENT

Thanks to our employers for donating additional panels for our apprentices. Practice using a wide variety of keypads, control boxes and bells enhances the apprenticeship experience.

APPRENTICE SHINES AT SSAIB AUDIT

Matt Byfield, a UAS employee from Cohort 3, recently impressed auditors by leading on system technical audits. The SSAIB Auditor commented:

I recently audited a firm who employ a Banham Academy apprentice. He carried out an audit inspection of CCTV, access control and intruder systems in my presence, to a satisfactory standard.

Congratulations to all concerned in giving Matt the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and knowledge, gained at the Academy and at work, allowing him to meet one of the Trailblazer apprenticeship standards. We look forward to more employers showcasing their apprentices’ knowledge and skills in this way.  
Trevor Jenks, SSAIB National Training Manager LCGI MCIPD CTSP.

FUNDING FOR SMES (small to medium enterprise)

We have been reliably informed by the ESFA (Education & Skills Funding Agency) that more funding will be released in early 2020 for SME apprentices. Until then, we are continuing to enrol apprentices from levy-paying employers and have started a waiting list for SMEs.  Once funding has been released, we will provide guidance on using digital accounts.

 

— MAY 2019 NEWSLETTER —

OFSTED INSPECTION

Banham Academy had its first Ofsted monitoring visit in April with excellent results. You can access the full published report here.

At a time when 33 new providers, following unsatisfactory Ofsted visits, have been prevented from enrolling new apprentices, Banham Academy has received the highest grading of ‘significant progress’ in 2/3 areas and ‘reasonable progress’ in the other.

Kevin Faulkner, Banham Academy Operations Director said:

We are delighted that Ofsted have recognised the significant impact that Banham Academy is having on developing the next generation of Fire, Emergency and Security systems professionals and we are extremely proud to be leading the way in this sector.

It was great to hear that our apprentices enjoy their time at the academy and more importantly, take the skills they have learned, into the workplace to benefit employers.

Banham Academy would like to take this opportunity to thank all our apprentices and employers for their hard work and support as we strive for ‘Outstanding’ in our full Ofsted inspection next year.

THE REPORT IN A NUTSHELL:

They successfully attract new and younger entrants to train for a career in the sector and several competitor firms choose to send their apprentices to train with Banham Academy

The Banham apprenticeship programme is well structured and meets employers’ needs very well

Apprentices develop their skills and knowledge rapidly and, as a result, employers deploy them quickly to work independently

Banham Academy has built a strong reputation and was a finalist in recent national security and training initiative awards

Senior leaders recruit tutors and trainers who have an extensive range of specialist technical or educational experience

Apprentices develop substantial new skills, knowledge and behaviours and talk confidently about what they can do and how this is having an impact in their workplaces

ENGINEERS OF TOMORROW

Congratulations to Szymon Freygant (Abel Alarm Company) and Alfie Knight (Intech Fire and Security) who took second place at the Engineers of Tomorrow competition, at IFSEC International last week.

EoT promotes engineering apprenticeships to young people interested in a career in the electronic security sector. The competition is fun and encourages their employers to appreciate them as a valuable asset within their organisations.

—Simon Banks, Founder and Group Managing Director, CSL
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WORLDSKILLS UK

Congratulations to Matt Blackwell and Elliot Veheary (Banham Group) who will represent Banham Academy and their employers at WorldSkills UK Live at the NEC in Birmingham in November 2019. There will be eight apprentices representing the fire and security systems sector over two days of rigorous competition. Last year over 70,000 people visited the NEC during the competition - this is the first year that our sector has been represented.

— MARCH 2019 NEWSLETTER —

BANHAM ACADEMY LEADS THE WAY BY OFFICIALLY LAUNCHING THE FIRE AND SECURITY SECTOR’S FIRST END POINT ASSESSMENT CENTRE

Working with the National Electrotechnical Training Organisation (NET), the End Point Assessment Awarding Organisation for the Level 3 Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Apprenticeship Standard, Banham Academy has opened the first End Point Assessment Centre.
Having been involved from the very start in the creation of the apprenticeship standard, it was a natural progression for the Academy to put the final piece of the jigsaw in place and open the first testing centre.

There is now an apprenticeship standard that the industry can be proud of and the Head of Banham Academy, Kevin Faulkner states:

It is great to have seen this apprenticeship standard grow and so many employers across the sector become involved by sending their apprentices to the academy. Finally, we are now able to see the apprentices complete their learning journey and go back into the workplace having had their knowledge, skills and behaviours thoroughly tested through end point assessment.

PRACTICAL WORK

As we know, the apprentices enjoy their practical work when at the academy. Declan Conroy has created an interactive hub to assist understanding of electrical circuits. Also, the pod in the main workshop is nearly complete and will be used by apprentices to hone their installation skills.

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WELCOME TO THE NEW COHORT

Cohort 4 started with us in March. We wish you every success with your apprenticeship and hope you enjoy your next three years at Banham Academy.

END POINT ASSESSORS

The opening of the end point assessment centre has created an opportunity for those that are looking to work part-time, using their skills and knowledge to assess the technicians of the future. Excellent rates of pay on a flexible basis to suit the right person.

WORLDSKILLS UK

Our most advanced apprentices will be competing in the first Regional Heats for the WorldSkills UK competition in May. The two winners will be given the chance to compete and demonstrate their skills at the NEC Birmingham in November. During 2018, 70,000 people visited the event over the 3 days.

SAFEGUARDING

When apprentices are next at the Academy, we will provide information on the recent rise in knife-crime and the ‘London Needs You Alive’ campaign. Also, it has been identified that there is a recent surge on political radicalisation occurring while people are in education and this will be discussed.

Abel Apprentice Awards 2019

CONGRATULATIONS

to Szymon Freygant, from Cohort 1, who was recently nominated for the ‘Rising Star Award’ at The Abel Apprentice Awards 2019.

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