We are celebrating after one of our apprentices completed all of his assessments with flying colours in just 18 months.

Chris Staunton, aged 20, started working at JM Security Systems in April this year after spending 18 months at another firm.

After being fast-tracked through his training by Skills for Security, the accredited apprenticeship provider, Chris has completed his Level 3 Fire, Emergency Systems and Security apprenticeship, attaining distinctions in two out of three modules.

Huram Masood

One of our apprentices has been shortlisted for a national award in recognition of his outstanding work.

Huram Masood is one of only three apprentices from across the country to have gone forward to the Apprentice of the Year finals in the British Security Awards, which is organised by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) awards, the trade body that represents the UK’s private security industry.

The 25-year-old from Birmingham joined us in January 2017 and is expected to complete his Level 3 qualifications in Fire, Emergency and Security Systems by October, supplementing a clutch of other qualifications that cover subjects such as Health & Safety, first aid and asbestos.

CCTV

It’s been one year since GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) was introduced. Companies spent months working hard to ensure that their processes were compliant and how they handled client data was correct.

When it was introduced on May 25, 2018, it updated the 1995 directives and meant that Europe had the strongest data protection laws in the world.

Yet, 12 months on, it’s important to remind businesses that their CCTV systems must be compliant. Video cameras are vital for many businesses – installing them is a visual deterrent that helps to reduce vandalism, thefts and burglary, it contributes towards staff safety and it also makes customers feel more secure.

However, there are strict rules around the use of the data gathered in CCTV footage because of the right to privacy.

Hard work rewarded with a team away-day

Our team works hard – not only for our customers, but also to keep their skills up to date so that they can keep on top of the latest technological developments. It’s why we like to say, “thank you”.

We treated 15-of our team, including all the engineers, our admin staff and our technical manager, to a day out at the Hereford and Worcester Shooting Ground, where they started off with breakfast before they went on to test their accuracy and precision on a clay pigeonshoot.

At some point in our lives, we will know someone who has been the victim of crime or we may be the person affected. Whatever the crime, we cannot underestimate the personal, emotional or financial implications it comes with. 

One of the most important factors when running a business is to make sure that it is secure. If you haven’t taken the right steps to keep intruders out, you could leave your business vulnerable to an attack.

Here are some steps you can take to improve the security of your premises.

Steve Young

A former product development manager in Birmingham has taken on an apprenticeship at the age of 49 – proving it’s never too late to learn new skills.

Steve Young worked in the Epos/cashless payment sector since leaving school and worked through the ranks before being made product development manager. However, after 29 years at the same company, he was made redundant in April last year, forcing a career change.

It was thanks to a former colleague, who contacted him on the business networking website LinkedIn, that he was introduced to JM Security Systems, who took him on as a trainee security installations engineer.

He is one of six apprentices going through rigorous, three-year training programmes that will lead to nationally recognised qualifications for security systems engineers.

“I have learned, and I am still learning, all manner of new skills that are associated with the service and installation of Intruder and CCTV systems that JM supplies and maintains,” he said.

“I’d never have thought about taking on an apprenticeship at my age, but it’s been great. I enjoy the independence and freedom my role as a security systems engineer gives me and I feel I can grow and achieve more as time goes on.

“I’m proud to be part of a growing company that does have a great work ethos, family values and structured training programme. The support is always on hand both from colleagues and management, should I need to call on it.”

The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that JM Security Systems, has been accredited as a Living Wage employer.

Living WageTheir Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at JM Security Systems, regardless of whether they are direct employees or third-party contracted staff; receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.75 in the UK or £10.20 in London. Both of these rates are significantly higher than the statutory minimum for over 25s of £7.50 per hour introduced in April 2017.

The real Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the real costs of living.

JM Security Systems has committed to training and investing in the next generation of security engineers by taking on five trainees since January 2017.

Like many businesses in the security sector, we have struggled to recruit qualified security engineers. To ensure we are equipped to cope with growing demand and innovative technologies, we have signed up to a trailblazing government-led apprenticeship scheme.

JM Security Systems, the award-winning security systems company, has taken delivery of a new fleet of vehicles to help reduce its carbon footprint.

The liveried top-of-the-range fleet of six vans, four estate cars and one transit van are all fitted with high-spec technology such as dashcams and trackers that show how fuel efficient they are and record the way the vehicles are being driven.

Engineers Surprise Clay Pigeon Shoot in Celebration of our 10th Anniversary

We arranged a surprise corporate clay pigeon shoot experience for our Engineers on 19th May 2017 at Hereford and Worcester Shooting Ground, as part of our 10th Anniversary Celebrations.

When the engineers arrived at the grounds, they were welcomed with breakfast and then split into teams.  Spirits were high and then rivalry began, as the two teams competed.

Outstanding winner was Joshua Williams (who is one of our trainee engineers) - ‘I have only been at JM Security Systems a few weeks, so what a pleasant surprise that the Company had arranged a surprise clay pigeon shoot for all the engineers.  Since starting work as a Trainee Security Engineer at JM Security Systems, I have felt part of the team, been given a great deal of support, and feel it’s an excellent Company to work for and progress my career as a security engineer.  Best of all I won on the day’.