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Article Date: 7th November 2013

Gent Apprenticeship Open Day gets some Heat

Fire Detection - Fire Alarms - Smoke Detectors - Fire Systems

Gent Get Fired Up

Fire industry expert Gent by Honeywell is preparing for its annual apprenticeship open day on 12 November. The event brings together current apprentices and graduates of the programme at the company’s headquarters in Leicester for a day of knowledge sharing, product training and team building exercises.

The Gent apprenticeship programme, Get Fired Up, has been running since 2007 and has, to date, produced over 30 graduates. The program currently has 19 apprentices enrolled across seven colleges across the country, all working for one of the Gent 24 Network of Approved System Integrators.

“Our apprenticeship programme essentially combines knowledge, competence and functional skills through theory, practical work experience and product training,” says Dina Mistry, Apprenticeship Manager, Gent by Honeywell.

“We established the scheme in 2007 to address the widening skills gap in the fire safety market and so far we have had an overwhelmingly positive response from both applicants and the industry itself. Apprentices get the opportunity to learn while working in the field, applying theoretical concepts and gaining a recognised qualification in fire safety.”

Luke Thomas is a second year apprentice studying towards an NVQ Level 2 qualification in fire safety in Birmingham. He is also working for GC Fire, a Gent system integrator.

“I considered a career in fire safety after talking to a family friend. It was a career I had never even heard of before and it sounded so different and interesting that I was hooked. Plus, of course, you get to save people’s lives,” says Thomas.

As an apprentice, Thomas works with different types of fire safety systems from installation through to commissioning, learning how they work and which solutions are the best fit for different applications.

“For me personally, this has been a brilliant opportunity. I’ve been working on all aspects of the systems, from installing devices and cabling, to training customers after commissioning. I’ve always been a better hands-on learner, even at school. I like the fact that I can combine what I am learning about at college with what I am doing on a day-to-day basis. I am really getting some great first-hand experience working with the devices and the systems, as well as from working with qualified fire safety professionals who have been in the industry for a while.”

At the Gent Apprenticeship Day, apprentices like Luke Thomas will be able to share their stories with one another while learning more about the Gent product range of fire detection and alarm devices. In addition, they will also hear from graduates of the programme on their time in scheme, their career paths and experiences in the industry.

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