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Partnership benefits the next generation

by Andy Clutton

Photo 5 - SecurityA partnership between New College Lanarkshire and Gent by Honeywell will allow Modern Apprenticeship students to benefit from new equipment and training.

Gent by Honeywell has donated various pieces of equipment to the College to assist in the delivery of its Modern Apprenticeship programme in Electronic Fire and Security Systems. The partnership also includes an agreement for Gent to carry out annual training sessions, which will allow students to learn first-hand about new technology and innovation in the industry while dealing with the resources.

And it was a former student of the course at the Motherwell campus who paved the way for the partnership. Douglas Couttie, Workplace Assessor at New College Lanarkshire and former student on the Fire and Security Apprenticeship programme, visited the College when working with Spie Scotshield to commission Gent by Honeywell fire systems in the College’s new HGV Centre, and recognised the lack of modern and up-to-date security facilities available.

He said: “Having attended the old Motherwell College as a Fire and Security student, and going onto start an apprenticeship with Scotshield Fire and Security (now Spie Scotshield), I was aware of the great educational facilities the College can offer. While commissioning Gent by Honeywell equipment on a job at the New College Lanarkshire Motherwell Campus, I popped round to see the workshops, and found that they could use updated equipment to ensure their learners were being kept up to speed with the latest technologies.

“I spoke with my director at Spie Scotshield, John Stewart, to see if we could help by donating equipment, as we would be helping the security engineers of the future. He agreed and a partnership was agreed between the College and Gent by Honeywell to receive the new equipment.”

The Modern Apprenticeship in Electronic Fire and Security Systems sees students from various fire security workplaces attend the College’s Motherwell campus on a day-release basis to develop their skills and knowledge of the industry in an educational environment.

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