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MGS Enrols First Automatic Door Engineer Apprentices

MGS Enrols First Automatic Door Engineer Apprentices
26 March 2021
 

MGS has appointed two apprentices through the new Apprenticeship Standard “Powered Pedestrian Door Installer and Servicer.” 

MGS, a UK-based aluminium and automatic door system manufacturer, is one of the first employers within the automatic door industry to enrol apprentices under the new Apprenticeship Scheme for Automatic pedestrian door engineers.

The new Apprenticeship Standard “Powered Pedestrian Door Installer and Servicer” has been developed by the Automatic Door Suppliers Association (ADSA) in conjunction with South Staffordshire College, to provide a formal entry-level qualification and consistent, high standard approach to both the engineering theory and practical aspects of installing and maintaining powered pedestrian door sets, more commonly known as automatic doors.

 

“As the owner of an automatic door installation and service company who started in this industry 35 years ago with no real training programme back then, I am absolutely thrilled that MGS are one of the first employers to participate in the launch of the PDD apprenticeship scheme, giving opportunities to local young people starting in this growing industry."

–Jason Pease

Managing Director, MGS 

 

The newly founded Powered Pedestrian Door Technician Apprenticeship marks a new era in this specialist and growing field, recognition of the unique skills and comprehensive electrical and mechanical knowledge required to work with automatic doors.  The scheme gives existing engineers and new starters a professional path to gain full training in all aspects of installing, servicing and repairing all types of automatic door, whilst following legislative standards and industry codes of practice to ensure full safety.

During this challenging year, the work of apprentices up and down the country have helped businesses adapt and grow. Apprenticeships are unique in that they provide a special employer-employee relationship. Employers have the chance to source raw talent, and the employee gains specified experience during qualification for the role.

 

tommy Ben

Picture: Two MGS apprentices: Ben (pictured bottom) and Tommy (pictured top)

 

The Evolution of the Automatic Door Industry

 

The automatic door industry has rapidly evolved as technology has developed and legislation, codes of practice and safety standards relating to powered door sets have increased.  The use of automatic doors is far more commonplace across all property types; civic, retail, offices, healthcare, education, passenger transport hubs and more recently within residential properties, as their ability to improve access and comfort for building’s users is universally recognised.

Recent social distancing measures and stricter hygiene regulations have also shone a light on the role automatic doors play, providing touchless access in and out of buildings.

The core skills and knowledge developed on the Powered Pedestrian Door Apprenticeship are transferrable to other applications that use drive controls and safety sensor systems, such as industrial doors, gates and security products.

Jason Pease, Managing Director at MGS said, “As the owner of an automatic door installation and service company who started in this industry 35 years ago with no real training programme back then, I am absolutely thrilled that MGS are one of the first employers to participate in the launch of the PDD apprenticeship scheme, giving opportunities to local young people starting in this growing industry. This is so important for the Industry and young engineers in general. This is a very proud moment for MGS”

“Our company ethos and reputation for quality is built upon the talent and skills of automatic door technicians, and the Apprenticeship scheme gives us a platform to be able to help local young people achieve a professional qualification through college and workplace training and assessment as they embark on this exciting and rewarding career path. It is a pleasure to work with ADSA and South Staffordshire College and welcome our first two apprentices to the MGS team”.

Picture: a photograph of an engineer at work

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 26 March 2021

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