Are you thinking about a career in fire and security?

Aug 23, 2021

Are you thinking about your next career move?  Or maybe you’re looking at what further qualifications to go on and study to gain those vital skills needed to become a trained fire and security engineer? 

Then you’re in the right place. 

At Secure and Recruit, we specialise in finding the right candidates for the right fire and security roles, which means we know what skills, qualifications, and all-round requirements you need to secure your next career move. 

To find out a little further information about our team and Secure and Recruit, visit our homepage and make sure to check out our latest news and updates too!

Starting out

When you’re first starting out, it’s important to: 

Build up your network of contacts – it’s important to speak and learn from others in the sector.  Building up a network of connections that can help you with future career moves and development. 

Know what makes you stand out – what area of fire and security would you like to specialise in? What is your experience in this area? Think about the skills and training required and what you can bring to the table. 

Get accredited – registering and achieving accreditation with organisations such as NSI, FIA, and Nacoss shows you not only offer high quality services, but you also adhere to the highest of industry standards and regulations. 

Working with a specialist recruitment agency – working with specialists in the sector you are looking to enter or developing your career within is key.  They know about the industry, and they know precisely what skills and experience companies are looking for.  At Secure and Recruit, we can be that perfect agency for you.

Training, experience, and the all-important qualifications

Roles within the fire and security sector, as previously mentioned, are specialist, and often to avoid the development of a skills gap, apprenticeships are often the preferred choice of entry into the sector. 

Providing candidates with the right and the necessary skills, as well as hands-on experience through on-the-job training, this is a win-win solution for all involved. 

Some nationally recognised qualifications in the sector include: 

  • FIA certified fire qualifications 
  • NSI fire and security training 
  • Nacoss, National Council for Security Systems

UK fire and security roles 

Some of the most popular roles within the fire and security industry include: 

Service engineer – helps to identify and repair faults.  Testing systems and carrying out general maintenance on all fire and security systems. 

Install engineer – this role involves installing security systems such as intruder alarms, CCTV systems, fire and smoke detectors, replacing broken systems, and more. 

Fire alarm engineer – skills required in this position will focus on fire alarm installation, replacement, and repairs, as well as emergency lighting systems. 

Fire extinguisher engineer – required skills and qualifications for this role are usually in the form of BAFE or IFEDA.   

Security engineer – requires a high degree of skill and experience as these roles work with CCTV systems, intruder alarms, door entry systems, and more. 

Security recruitment agencies 

We hope you found this post interesting.  If you’re a fire and security engineer, and you’re looking for your next career move, then make sure to contact the friendly and professional team at Secure and Recruit.  Our role is to match the right candidate with the right company to carry out the job to the best of their ability. 

To find out more, call us on 01480 275 700 or email us at info@secureandrecruit.co.uk. 

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