Celebrating our apprentices every day of the year

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National Apprenticeship Week recognises the invaluable worth of our trainees

We recently saw the focus on apprentices in National Apprenticeship Week, with companies around the country taking time to raise awareness of the vital role apprentices play within the workforce.

Apprenticeships at The Chris Lewis Group

Chris Lewis Fire and Security have long been committed to an apprenticeship program. As an organisation, we have trained more engineers than any company in our region and we have been recognised in apprenticeship awards. Our track record of supporting, training and helping young people on their path to a fulfilling career is something we are very proud of. Our apprentices add such great value to our team.

Benefits of being an apprentice with us

One of the best parts of an apprenticeship is being able to gain practical hands-on experience whilst also earning industry recognised qualifications. What’s more, many of our apprenticeships join the company once their apprenticeship is complete and can progress on their career journey with us. And, of course, as well as work-based learning and college tuition, our apprentices also get a salary.

  • Hand-on training and work-based learning
  • NVQ qualifications
  • We pay our apprentices
  • The chance to start a long and successful career with our company

Our apprentices are also award-winning, having won numerous accolades for our dedication to apprenticeship, including Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer and the South East Learning and Skills Award. We are also involved with the Engineers of tomorrow Challenge run by IFSEC International. This annual event in London is a skills contest that sees apprenticeships work in teams to showcase their newly acquired knowledge.

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How do I become an Apprentice?

We will shortly be launching our campaign to find our next apprenticeships to start in 2018. If you’d like to join our friendly, award-winning team and become one of our future stars, then get in touch.



Security and Fire Excellence Awards 2017 Finalists

Security and Fire Excellence Awards 2017

Chris Lewis Fire & Security shortlisted in three categories

Now in their 19th year, the annual Security and Fire Excellence Awards recognise the very best in the security industry. Chris Lewis Fire & Security has enjoyed repeated success both as finalists and winners over the years, including twice in the Best IT category and once as Security Installer of the Year. We are pleased to learn that we have made the finals once again this year.

Last year the company was nominated in two categories – Small to Medium Security Installer of the Year and Project of the Year.

Security and Fire Excellence Awards Finalists

Security and Fire Excellence Awards 2017

This year Chris Lewis Fire & Security has reached the finals in three categories:

  • Medium Security Installer of the Year
  • Customer Service Initiative of the Year with Getting Serious about Customer Service
  • Training Initiative of the Year with Core Values Training

More than every before this result has been a really team effort, with staff members at all levels providing useful information and details which enables us to put together strong entries.

The Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2017 received a record number of high quality entries again this year. On hearing the news of the nominations Chris Lewis, CEO, commented, “This is a great results and I’m delighted that we have once again been recognised by the Security & Fire Excellence Awards. This year we have invested heavily in training and customer services, so we can be a stronger, smarter and more cohesive team.”

The winners of the 2017 Security & Fire Excellence Awards will be announced at a gala dinner at the London Hilton on Park Lane on 22rd November 2017. The event will be a celebration of all those who work hard to innovate within the fire and security sector.



About Chris Lewis Fire & Security

Chris Lewis Fire & Security is a leader in innovative fire and security solutions. We are recognised as the leading provider of fire and security installations for domestic and commercial premises in Oxfordshire and surrounding areas and specialise in bespoke fire and security.

We pride ourselves on delivering systems that are unique to each customer’s specific requirements, exceeding customers’ expectations and delivering the highest quality of service.


If you have a project that needs a higher standard of fire or security protection, get in touch today


Two of our engineering apprentices face a live installation challenge in the Engineers of Tomorrow Competition

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Our young engineers compete against the best of the UK’s security apprentices at IFSEC 2017

This week IFSEC international is holding its security event at ExCel, London. The event is packed with the latest security exhibits, workshops and demonstrations. And one of the highlights is The Engineers of Tomorrow competition.

IFSEC 2017

About the competition

The challenge involves young apprentices from the security industry competing against each other in a live installation challenge.  Taking place over three days, more than 60 engineering apprentices, each in teams of two, will work to prove they have the best skills. At the end of each day, a heat winner will be announced, one team from the heats will then go on to win the title and a £1,000 prize. The final winning team will be announced at the Security & Fire Excellence Awards in November.

Our apprentice engineersGood luck to our stars of tomorrow

Two of our engineering apprentices, Max and Josh, will be taking part in this exciting challenge and we wish them the best of luck.

At the Chris Lewis Group investing in young talent and encouraging them on their learning journey is hugely important to us. We recognise what a valuable asset these young people are and embrace the chance to help them develop a rewarding and fulfilling career.

Searching for the stars of the future: Engineering, Customer Service and Sales Admin Apprenticeships available

Apprenticeships at Chris Lewis

If you are looking to pave the way to a new and exciting career, we’ve got a range of apprenticeship opportunities for you

Chris Lewis Fire & Security and Chris Lewis Smart Home have just launched a new apprenticeship scheme. We are looking for bright and capable people to join our award-winning team. We’ll offer you training, qualifications and the chance to progress into a long term career.

You’ll receive hands-on training, a wage and NVQ classes to help you on your journey to a become a skilled and qualified professional.

Our company is not only Oxford’s largest independent fire and security company, we also emphasise the importance of training our staff so they can deliver the best service possible. We are keen to invest in new talent and the future of the company. This is your opportunity to learn real skills that will be the stepping stone to a successful career.

Join the Chris Lewis Team

We are recruiting

  • Fire and Security Engineering Apprentices 
  • Smart Home Engineering Apprentices
  • Customer Service Apprentices
  • Sales Admin Apprentices

What you need to do next

All the details of the apprenticeships are on our website here. All you need to do is let us know a bit about yourself. Upload your CV and a covering letter to be in with a chance to attend our recruitment day. You’ll need to mention any previous work, interests and exams. It would also be worth mentioning your hobbies and personal qualities.

Key dates:

Engineering Apprenticeship: Application deadline 27th June, Recruitment Day 4th July

Sales Admin and Customer Services Apprenticeship: Application deadline 4th July, Recruitment Day 11th July

Learn more about these apprenticeships and apply online