National Apprenticeship Week at CIA Fire and Security

CIA Fire and Security are pleased to support the 11th Annual National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from 5th to the 9th of March 2018. The fire and security industry is growing rapidly and as a result, we are currently looking for enthusiastic and motivated individuals to join our engineering apprenticeship programme.

Working on a 5-year rolling plan, CIA needs to recruit apprentices now in order to have fully trained engineers in 5 years’ time. Apprentices gain valuable practical work experience whilst they learn. At the same time, they gain valuable life experience such as managing their finances and adapting to a working environment, which can be as important as the technical skills for the role.

Currently, over 10% of CIA Fire and Security’s workforce are apprentices. In the last year, we have switched to Stroud and South Gloucestershire College which delivers the Fire and Security Course on their doorstep. Working with Cirencester College for their Administration Apprenticeships program, CIA has been able to find high-quality candidates that can join the office to support day to day activities whilst also focusing on their studies.

Jo Harrison, Office Manager for CIA, explains what we are looking for in applicants, ‘When recruiting for apprentices, we look for motivated individuals who can communicate confidently to promote themselves. You don’t need experience and we offer full training on the technical side of the position but you must want to learn.

At CIA we’re extremely proud of our apprenticeship programme with many members of staff starting their careers as apprentices. Some of the managers and directors here have successfully worked their way up through the business building on the skills they learned when they first joined the team. One of the added benefits of starting as an apprentice is that you learn different aspects of the business which allows for more options when it comes to career opportunities in the future.

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