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Fire & Security Apprenticeship Darke & Taylor Limited

Would you like to be responsible for the installation, maintenance and repair of electronic systems in and outside simple and complex premises to protect individuals, homes and properties from risk and danger. This JTL delivered Apprenticeship will teach you.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 40 Hours Per Week. Shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    36 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Aug 2022

  • Date posted

    27 Jan 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

Duties the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Technician will carry out will include:

  • Operate in a safe working manner by adhering to health and safety legislation, codes of practice and applying safe working practices
  • Contribute to the application of design, planning, installation, testing, commissioning, maintenance, fault diagnosis, service and repair and electrical and electronic techniques on fire, emergency and security systems
  • Operate a range of ICT equipment and systems to store, retrieve, manipulate, transmit or receive digital data and electronic information in applications and environments applicable to the role
  • Take responsibility for own work and safety and welfare of others. Oversee and organise the programme of work and work environment.
  • Carry out work and manage resources in an environmentally friendly manner
  • You will be working alongside qualified Fire & Security Engineers, who will teach both the practical and theoretical applications needed to become a qualified Engineer
  • You will start off with basic tasks, such as, handling tools, fetching material and assisting with first fix works example, but as time goes by, will undertake more complex tasks and will at times be set independent work to complete, which will be checked by senior staff onsite
  • The apprentice will be expected to work with our Training provider (JTL) to document and record all work-based activities to evidence their progression towards gaining the technical qualifications required according to provided Fire, Security or combined Fire & Security pathways. The apprentice will also attend a training center in Birmingham 2 days every month to undertake course work set by the Training provider

Once you have completed your Apprenticeship and have qualified as a Fire & Security Engineer you will be experienced in the following areas:

  • Qualifications in BTEC Level 3 in Fire, Emergency & Security Systems Technician Contribute to the application of design, planning, installation, testing, commissioning, maintenance, fault diagnosis, service and repair and electrical and electronic techniques on fire, emergency and security systems
  • Installation and testing techniques for electrical and electronic components, equipment and control systems for fire, emergency and security systems
  • Fundamental principles and quality processes associated with industry/company codes of practices
  • Fundamental design criteria, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire, emergency, security systems and components
  • How to store, retrieve, manipulate, transmit or receive data/information electronically in a digital form across a range of ICT applications (e.g. personal computers, digital transmission over IP, email, mobile communication technology)
  • Compliance to environmental legislation and the impact of processes and technologies associated with fire, emergency and security systems
  • Principles of high-quality customer service and the needs of others
  • Apply health & safety and environmental legislation working practices

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Knowledge and skills are important and the training is demanding.

Skills and Experience:

  • Be able to demonstrate practical aptitude
  • A keen an eager approach to learning
  • A driving licence would be preferred, although having transport to pick up points and the training centre in Birmingham is essential
  • Cannot be colour blind test, so will need to take a test at the Optician to evidence this
  • Will be expected to purchase basic tools when you start the Apprenticeship

Key technician skills include:

  • Working Safely
  • Core Systems Techniques
  • System Technologies
  • Supervisory considerations

Personal qualities

The work is quite complex. You need to be reasonably physically able to carry out the the role

  • Good practical application
  • Aptitude and be willing to learn
  • Honesty and Integrity
  • Develop and retain trust with customers and colleagues by
  • undertaking responsibilities in an ethical and empathetic manner.
  • Dependable and responsible
  • Show commitment through being punctual, reliable, diligent and professional. Take responsibility for own judgements and actions to achieve quality focussed outcomes.
  • Positive can-do attitude
  • Demonstrate drive and flexibility in fulfilling requirements of the role
  • Openness to learning
  • Take responsibility and fulfil own development and the needs of others. Keep up-to-date with best practice. Maintain continuous professional development
  • Work with others
  • Work productively and engage with colleagues, clients, other trades, suppliers and the public
  • Safe and Sustainable working
  • Take responsibility for promoting a healthy and safe working environment. Give consideration to appropriate use of resources and own actions taking into account the impact on environmental, social and economic factors

Desired qualifications

  • All candidates must complete the JTL Entry Assessment

Future prospects

  • By the end of this apprenticeship the candidate will have satisfied the requirements for registration as EngTech by the Engineering Council
  • The advertised Apprentice wage will increase yearly or upon completion of progressive stages. After initially qualifying, you could go on to supervisory roles, senior management positions or even running your own business

Things to consider

  • You must ensure you load an up-to-date copy of your CV to your JTL profile in addition to following the application instructions to complete your application for this vacancy
  • The JTL Entry Assessment forms an integral part of your application, if you haven’t already taken and passed one you must logon to your JTL account and take the assessment before the closing date
  • We strongly advise you follow this link by copying it into the address bar on your browser to download an Assessment Practice Paper to practice questions similar to those in the Assessment
  • If you are statemented as dyslexic, or have any other official statement of additional learning needs and require additional support at the JTL Assessment, please contact our Customer Service Team immediately on 01978 665401
  • You will also need to provide proof of Colour Vision, please download the JTL Colour Vision Certificate and take to your local optician and ask them to carry out the test and complete the form for you. Please then send in to the address on the form before the closing date
  • If you have any questions about your application or this process, please contact us on 0800 085 2308 or
  • The successful candidate could be working onsite between Oxford and London
  • They must be able to get to a pick point to get a lift to site

About the employer

About Darke & Taylor

“Connected Excellence”

D&T has been operating from its Oxfordshire base for over 60 years, providing unbroken service to its clients, including during the recent COVID crisis. In a recent award ceremony, we were described as “an old-fashioned family firm but with modern values” which we feel reflects our dedication to both our staff and our customers, combined with a progressive and innovative way of working

A large percentage of our staff and directors have come up through the ranks, via our award-winning apprenticeship scheme, and we consider that our commitment to training and career development is second to none

As a well-respected Employer; we provide a range of services to a variety of existing buildings and new projects. We can also cater for testing and commissioning of any installation. Customer satisfaction is our top priority and all of our employees are professional, friendly, honest, and polite. We guarantee all of our work and carry out each job safely, diligently and efficiently to ensure that clients receive high quality, cost effective workmanship that fully meets their needs and expectations.

Please note this employer has requested that Applicants do NOT contact them directly regarding this vacancy, instead please contact their chosen Training Provider, JTL, for any information on free phone 0800 0852 308 Any application or CV sent to the employer directly will not be considered and could invalidate your application for this vacancy.


Darke & Taylor Limited


Darke And Taylor Ltd

Langford Locks



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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by JTL


Carole Jones 08000852308

The JTL Fire, Emergency and Security Systems apprenticeship is an Advanced Apprenticeship at Level 3, lasting approximately three years.

As a JTL apprentice you'll be in full time employment with a local company receiving a good wage from day one. You'll spend time learning your trade by gaining hands-on-experience working on-site with your employer, as well as undertaking online assessments and attending a
JTL approved college or training centre to learn the theoretical knowledge you
will need.

For the Advanced Apprenticeship, the standard reflects a higher level of competence and
knowledge. For Fire, Emergency & Security Technicians, the competence and
knowledge elements are combined in a level 3 Qualification

Other qualifications and elements covered include:

  • Level 1/2 Functional Skills in maths and English (if required)

2,000 people a year begin a course delivered by JTL, getting qualifications, real life job
experience and realising their potential.

We can get you there too.

Apprenticeship standard

Fire emergency and security systems technician

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply now' and you will be redirected to the JTL website where you will be required to submit an application. If this is your first visit to JTL you will be required to register on the website, please complete all fields upon registration and ensure you attach a copy of your CV

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 30 Jun 2022