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Chubb Apprentice Wins National Security Award

Nathan Sefton, an apprentice with Chubb, has won an Apprentice Installer Award from the British Security Industry Association (BSIA).

Sefton was one of four young apprentices from the U.K.’s private security industry who were presented with national awards in recognition of their academic and practical success in the field of electronic security installations. Awarded by the BSIA, the trade body representing the U.K.’s private security sector, the Apprentice Installer Awards recognise the achievements of level two and level three apprentices involved in the installation of alarms, closed-circuit television, access control or a combination of these systems, and represent the commitment of security companies and training bodies in providing young talent with the opportunity to succeed in the security industry.

“Nathan Sefton won his award for demonstrating a sound knowledge and understanding of the industry, and for his methodical, level-headed approach to problem solving,” the association said in a news release. “Already a point of contact for other engineers, Nathan excelled on a large project, where his documentation for over 30 sites was error-free and met strict deadlines.” Sefton works out of Chubb’s Birmingham Branch and was selected to travel to Denmark in 2013 as part of Skills for Security’s Leonardo project, which offers opportunities to apprentices to travel to a European Union country to enhance their skills and knowledge.

“I am incredibly proud to have won this BSIA award, especially since it builds on the internal ‘Runner-Up Apprentice of the Year’ recognition I received from Chubb last year,” said Sefton. “The engineers have been incredibly supportive when I have any questions or need any help.” Now that he has finished his apprenticeship, Sefton is learning more about the maintenance side of the business. “It is a completely different challenge and one I am enjoying. You have to have a greater knowledge of different alarm panels and try to foresee any problems or fix them when they arise,” he said.

The winners were presented with their awards by the government’s surveillance camera commissioner, Tony Porter QPM LLB, at BSIA’s annual luncheon, hosted at the London Hilton on Park Lane.