North East surveillance continues to expand

A North Shields based surveillance specialist has added to its team and increased its apprentice intake this year after seeing its business continue to grow.

2020 Vision Systems has appointed two additional apprentices, to add to the three already at the company, one who will complete this summer, in a bid to bolster its offering and to give the future of the industry the opportunity to learn firsthand the ins and outs of the security and CCTV industry with an award winning company.

2020 Vision, which has secured over 500 new contracts this year and has maintained last year’s level of turnover and profitability, has recruited both Steven Young and Daniel Chappell as apprentice service engineers.

As part of 2020 Vision’s commitment to its apprentice scheme, 17-year-old Steven from North Shields and 19-year-old Daniel from Crawcrook will be shown the ropes through a thorough training programme. Both Steven and Daniel will be given the opportunity to gain crucial hands on experience in the field of CCTV and surveillance from an understanding of CCTV and access control through to the specialised process of camera installation and cleaning as well as assisting with maintenance enquiries.

Steven, who is currently studying his first year of electrical engineering at Tyne Met College, is already getting to grips with 2020’s line of work. He commented: “I’m really enjoying the training so far and I’m getting on well learning the ropes. It helps that I’m passionate about this line of work. I’m hoping that through 2020’s support and guidance that I can qualify as a service engineer, with the ultimate aim of progressing within the company.”

After leaving school Daniel worked as a joiner but was keen to take the leap into the security industry. He hopes to bring with him his commitment to the apprenticeship as well as his willingness to learn new skills.

He has already been tasked with fitting cameras, assisting with door access, successfully completing the asbestos awareness course and assisting with 2020 Vision’s x contract with the University of Birmingham. He commented: “I have a desire to get the job done right first time and to meet deadlines and I know that is exactly what 2020 Vision is known for. I am determined to make the most of my training and to learn from the very best in the industry.”

Joining Steven and Daniel at 2020 Vision is Sam Roy, as office administrator. Sam, 27, from Newcastle, will be responsible for general office duties, maintaining 2020’s high levels of customer service and care, producing job packs for the engineers and supporting the engineering manager as well as for administration.

Peter Houlis, managing director of 2020 Vision, said: “I’m delighted that the company is continuing to build on its foundations and increasing its status as a premier UK provider of high-end security systems. I’m especially proud that on the back of continued support from our existing clients as well as by successfully securing new contracts that we are able to increase the size of our apprentice scheme this year. It’s extremely important that those in the industry now are able to give invaluable experience to those who will be at the forefront of the industry in the future.

“It is testament to our reputation and the hard work of our team that we are once again bucking the trend. Our ambition is to continue growing regionally and nationally in the field of CCTV and integrated systems.”

In a bid to further look ahead into the future of the industry Peter Houlis recently took part in the Security Technology Leaders Forum along with representatives from key technology vendors, end users and Government bodies. Participants involved in the debate discussed the future of the industry and made their own predications for technology adoption in the new decade, something 2020 Vision is determined to be at the forefront of.
2020 Vision was established in the North East in 1992 and specialises in security systems such as CCTV, remote site monitoring, access control and concierge services. It has provided security in a diverse range of environments such as hospitals, casinos, universities, sports stadia, government offices and a seabird island.

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