SERC unveils new Security and Alarms Systems Apprenticeship

South Eastern Regional College (SERC) is enhancing their educational opportunities with the launch of a brand-new fire alarm systems apprenticeship to help school leavers and those already working in the industry, find their dream career. The course is suitable for 16-24 years olds who want a career in the well sought after electronic security and emergency systems sector.


The apprenticeship will give young people the opportunity to begin a career within the varied and fast-paced fire industry, focusing on the installation, maintenance and understanding of fire alarm system and their integration with other emergency systems, such as intruder alarms, CCTV surveillance and access control.

Beginning in September 2016, the new programme will offer good news for those seeking to make the transition from education to employment. SERC, one of the UK’s leading providers of further and higher education, will deliver the new course at their Lisburn campus and will offer participants the opportunity to gain the specialist skills required to work in the industry.

The two year Level 2 programme is ideal for 16 to 24 year olds who would like an industry recognised qualification.  It could also be used as a starting point for those who wish to progress on to higher education or training.

Robin Hamill from Atlas said “This new apprenticeship is great news for the industry. It is a great opportunity for young people and companies like ourselves will greatly benefit from new talent coming through.”

SERC’s Head of Training William Greer explains: “We are extremely excited to expand our range of apprenticeship opportunities to local students and the surrounding communities. The new course will open new doors for young people to embark upon a unique learning experience that could transform their lives.

“There is a well-recognised skills-shortage in the industry for specialist fire alarm apprentices and we are working with employers to design and deliver a course which improves the skill- base of the industry. The course is the only one of its kind in Northern Ireland and we have employers ready to recruit apprentices. I would encourage anyone interested to contact our training organisation to enrol.”

Apprentices on the programme will develop the knowledge to design, install, commission, maintain, handover and undertake fault diagnostics of fire detection systems with the opportunity to specialise in initially detection system with the possible introduction of other specialised security systems.  The apprenticeship will combine workplace learning and practical experience with participants spending one day a week in college and four days with their employer.

Apprenticeships are a real alternative to university for ambitious people who want to earn while working towards recognised qualifications and a rewarding career.

SERC will be holding two open day events on 25 August from 9am-5pm and 26 August from 9am-3pm for prospective students to find out more about the range of courses on offer. For more information about the new apprenticeships please call Gillian Martin on 028 9267 7225 extension 1101 or email

Pictured John Nesbitt, Managing Director of Atlas World, apprentice Cameron Hamill and William Greer, SERC Head of Training

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