Apprentice Fire & Security Engineer CIA Fire and Security Ltd

This is an exciting opportunity to start a career as a Security Engineer. Working alongside qualified engineers, you will learn from the ground up all different aspects of the industry. This position covers all aspects of security including Intruder, Fire, CCTV and Access Control with both domestic and commercial environments.

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Closing date: 14 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm with half an hour for lunch. Total hours per week: 40 hours a week

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    26 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    15 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    10 available

What you will do in your working day

Whilst being trained and supported by CIA Fire and Security Limited in all aspects of your job role, you will be required to undertake a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Security Systems, supported by South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

You may receive a few months training within the organisation prior to starting your college course.

Apprentices will participate in the following activities:

·        Installation

·        Servicing

·        Fault finding and Small Works repair

Roles and responsibilities will include:

·        To assist with the installation of security systems, ensuring that the work is installed to the required standards, specification, schedule and that all documentation is completed

·        To provide clients with support and feedback during the course of the installation to ensure customer satisfaction

·        To liaise with other staff members, especially the installation team leaders and the installation scheduler, providing relevant feedback

·        To observe all health and safety requirements, ensure that you and others around you are operating in a safe manner

·        Ensure Company Policy and standards are met

·        To regularly refer to the staff handbook for individual policy information

·        To maximise the profitability of the department by ensuring a ‘right first time’ approach

·        To ensure that your uniform is clean and tidy each day

·        To ensure that your dust sheets are clean and vacuum is in full working order

·        Ensure all equipment stored on site is kept safe and in a manner not to cause health and safety problems

·        Ensure that the site is kept as clean as possible, for the duration of the installation

·        To ensure to the installation is completed to the surveyor’s specification and that the equipment is installed to the manufacturer’s specification and within the time schedule

·        To ensure that all paperwork is completed correctly and forwarded to the correct staff member

·        When required to ensure that the system is demonstrated to the clients properly, focusing on the need for reducing false alarms

·        On job completion, to ensure that the system specification is correct and any changes are noted and brought back to the office

This role is varied and challenging and requires the candidate to be fully committed to both work and college.   

The security industry can be fast paced and demanding. On occasion you will be required to work away from home on projects around the UK. This apprenticeship may also have unsociable hours of work due to the nature of the business.

The training you will be getting

The Advanced Apprenticeship is delivered over 3 years.  Apprentices are required to attend college at our Stroud Campus (GL5 4AH) and on occasions our Berkeley Campus (GL13 9FB) on block release to complete underpinning knowledge studies towards the qualification.

Some apprentices may also need to achieve functional skills in Maths and English, which will require additional hours in college, this is normally delivered during or on an additional block release attendance.

The assessor will visit the apprentice and support their progress through on-site assessment and regular reviews within the workplace.

The End-Point Assessment (EPA) is delivered and assessed externally once all other criteria of the apprenticeship is achieved.

Apprentices are required to spend a minimum of 20% of their employed hours on off-the-job learning. This has to be structured and evidence will need to be provided.

Within your apprentices standard you will work towards:

·        Level 3 Competency qualification

·        Level 3 Knowledge qualification

·        Functional skills in maths and English (where applicable)

·        British Values

·        Employee Rights & Responsibilities (ERR)

·        End Point Assessment

Fire emergency and security systems technician
Level 3 (A level)

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Career progression: Apprentice Engineer

Phase 1: For the first 18 months you will accompany engineers and learn the fundamental parts of being an engineer.

Phase 2: In the later stages of your apprenticeship, with the full support of the team, you will start to go out on your own and participate in the on call rota – subject to age. Once out by themselves and on-call, the apprentice will have a van and smart phone.

Post Apprenticeship: Year 3 onwards: Improver Engineer – This means that you are responsible for your own jobs and gradually the team will increase the range of works that you are given whilst receiving on-going training to enhance your skills.

Year 7: This is when we would expect you to be a Grade One engineer experienced and qualified to do any project that is asked of you.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Patience


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade 4 (C) or above) Essential

Things to consider

Apprentice positions start at £6.40 per week for the first year. At the end of the first year, you will move to at least minimum wage for your age. We are a family business and not confined to a rigid structure, if someone is doing well, they will receive the rewards they are due. Once the apprentice has finished their apprenticeship and completed their first year with us, they will receive a £3000 thank you bonus. We would hope that if someone starts with us at 17, by the time they reach 21, as an engineer they should be on excess of £24,000 per annum. As an additional benefit, CIA operate a pension scheme which upon qualifying sees the company pay an additional contribution based on the government guidelines. Being or becoming a driver is an essential part of being an engineer, should you join our apprenticeship programme and be learning to drive, the company will contribute 20 hours’ worth of lessons to anyone over the age of 17 and a half. *Subject to conditions. The National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £6.40 an hour from April 2024. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year. The minimum wage rates are £8.60 an hour for 18-20-year olds; £11.44 for anyone aged 21 and over. Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship.

About the employer

CIA Fire and Security Ltd is a leading, security business based in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Our systems can be seen all over the United Kingdom and parts of Europe. We pride ourselves on installing and maintaining bespoke security and fire protection solutions utilising the latest proven technology. Since 1982 CIA has evolved from being a one-man operation into a successful company with over 80 members of staff. We have developed a strong reputation for providing a fantastic level of service, reliability and uncompromising expertise. This reputation has been earned by recommendation from satisfied customers, local authorities and business providers. Our coverage: Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire.


CIA Fire and Security Ltd


CIA Fire and Security Ltd

Montsam House

11 Love Lane


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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


Nikki Robinson


Apprenticeship standard

Fire emergency and security systems technician

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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