This year’s ‘100 in 100’ campaign was launched at IFSEC Internation on 15 May and has already received tremendous support. The initiative aims to place 100 new apprentices in the security sector in 100 days – the time between IFSEC International and the Security Excellence Awards in October.
Since the scheme began, the target of 100 apprenticeship placements each year has been exceeded and, last year, over 550 apprenticeships were secured – a fantastic result.
So far in 2013 a fabulous total of 88 companies have registered their interest in recruiting 121 apprentices. This is over 50% more than at the corresponding time last year – a great response from the sector.
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) is once again encouraging all security and fire companies to consider the rewards of taking on an apprentice. Companies should bear in mind the following incentives for doing so…
• Government funding for training costs
• Additional support for SME employers in the form of grants
• More college access than ever before as well as e-learning options if you don’t have a college nearby
• Even easier administration procedures, with Skills for Security fully committed to taking care of all paperwork, right from sign up through to appointing the college or training provider
• Skills for Security is also providing qualified assessors to guide and monitor progress, and will draw on Government funding on behalf of participating companies
The initiative covers all types of apprenticeship, including installation engineers, manufacturing engineers, locksmiths, business administration, Human Resources, marketing, PR and customer services.
The National Apprenticeship Service research conducted in 2010 highlights the real value which can be derived from apprenticeships:
•“83% of employers rely on their apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future”
•“88% believe that apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce”
•“77% of employers believe apprenticeships make them more competitive”
Jeff Little OBE, the NSI’s CEO, stated: “Yet again, the momentum which the ‘100 in 100’ campaign has generated is extraordinary and proves beyond any doubt the genuine interest and value which the industry places on apprenticeships. I would encourage all security and fire organisations to consider the significant benefits which apprentices can bring. This is a real investment in the future.”
For more information about the 100 in 100 campaign and/or employing an apprentice, please call Skills for Security on 01905 744 000 or send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org