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Boston Networks and New College Lanarkshire help improve youth centre security

Modern Apprentices from a leading NCL Project Innovation YMCA Bellshill March 2016New College Lanarkshire training programme have designed, installed and commissioned a state-of-the-art IP CCTV security system for a local youth centre – thanks to a generous donation of equipment and expert input from Boston Networks and their partners Axis Communications and Brand-Rex.

New College Lanarkshire LogoCameras, cabling and security software have been installed at Bellshill and Mossend YMCA by 10 students from the College’s Modern Apprenticeship programme in Electronic Fire and Security Systems. The new system will give peace of mind to over 200 users and staff of the organisation sited in Bellshill’s Main Street.

This was the second phase of New College Lanarkshire’s Project Innovation – an important partnership initiative to upgrade the YMCA building while giving technical and crafts trades students the opportunity to sharpen their skills in a real life setting.

The Electronic Fire and Security Systems Modern Apprentices carried out their work under supervision of College staff while on a day-release session – normally held once-a-week at the Motherwell campus as part of their three-year training programme.

Boston Networks has several apprentices undertaking SVQs at New College Lanarkshire with four more scheduled to start studies in September.   After hearing about the initiative from David Scott, College Innovation Lecturer and Project Leader, Boston Networks approached technology partners, Axis Communications and Brand-Rex to help support the project.

Audrey Schaefer of Boston Networks said:
“After learning about the project, we were keen to support as part of our community initiative scheme. Through the collaboration of our security team and technology partners, we were thrilled to contribute to such an excellent initiative which not only benefits an important local charity, but also offers apprentices the opportunity to gain on-the-job experience.”

Nick Platt-Higgins of Axis Communications said:
“Boston Networks are one of the largest Axis Gold partners in Scotland with many years of experience and technical innovation. When they came to us and asked us to support New College Lanarkshire and their fantastic Project Innovation, we were more than happy to help them”.

“We saw it as a great opportunity to put something back into the community and support the superb work the College do with their students. The YMCA premises were in desperate need of refurbishment and the High Definition Axis cameras will help keep the premises secure and safe for the volunteers and customers.”

New College Lanarkshire’s David Scott said:
“I would like to thank all the companies involved for their very generous input to Project Innovation. This has allowed students this unique work experience project, while enhancing the security of an invaluable facility in the local community.”

Modern Apprentice and former Coatbridge High School pupil Mark Hunter (23), from Bargeddie, said: “My job was to load the CCTV software onto the computer and make sure the cameras were set up and recording properly.
“It’s been great to get the experience of working with such advanced cameras and to be able to give something to the community.”

Modern Apprentice Martin Hannaway (24), from Newarthill, did cabling work to prepare for the camera installation.  He said:I’ve done some of this type of work on my own but it was good to work with the team and share what I know with them. It’s a great gesture by the College and beneficial for the YMCA too.”

Modern Apprentice Andrew Langrell, (19), from Bishopbriggs, said: “The equipment I’ve used here is more advanced that I have worked with before. We’ve all got different skill bases and it’s been a great way to learn from each other too.”

Andrew, a former pupil of St Ninian’s High School, Kirkintilloch, added: “Working for charity has also made it quite special. It’s good to give something back for a good cause.”

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