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UK Government sets out radical plans to shake up apprenticeship funding

Employers could be funded directly to purchase the apprenticeship training they want as part of proposals announced today that are designed specifically to put businesses in the driving seat.

Business secretary Vince Cable has announced that the Government is consulting on funding reforms proposed by the entrepreneur Doug Richard. These will give employers freedom to choose the training that’s most relevant to the needs of the apprentices and their businesses, and which represents best value.

Business secretary Vince Cable

Business secretary Vince Cable

The Richard Review of Apprenticeships, published in November last year, looked at how apprenticeships in England can meet the needs of the changing economy.

Three options are being presented, but alternative models will also be welcome. The three proposals are:
• Direct Payment Model: businesses register apprentices and report claims for Government funding through a new online system, and Government funding is then paid directly into their bank account
• PAYE Payment Model: businesses register apprentices through a new online system and then recover Government funding through their PAYE return
• Provider Payment Model: Government funding continues to be paid to training providers, but they can only draw it down when they’ve received the employer’s financial contribution towards training

Doug Richard: comprehensive study of apprenticeships in the UK

Doug Richard: comprehensive study of apprenticeships in the UK

Vince Cable said: “Employers are the best people to judge what training is worth investing in. These reforms will mean just that. It gives them the power to train their staff to make sure their skills are relevant to the company while choosing from the wide range of courses available.”

The coalition Government’s business secretary continued: “These measures are all part of the wider reforms the Government is making to the apprenticeship system. By putting quality ahead of quantity and giving the training that companies actually want, we’re helping to create jobs and support business.”

Making it easier for companies to take on apprentices

As well as consulting on long term measures to reform apprenticeships, the Government is also taking actions in the shorter term to make it easier for companies to take on an apprentice.

Companies with 1,000 employees or fewer can take advantage of a £1,500 Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) for another year, in turn helping SME-style businesses to take on an additional 35,000 young apprentices.

Latest figures show that almost 30,000 young people have been taken on under the current grant.

Skills minister Matthew Hancock commented: “Small and medium-sized businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and, by extending the £1,500 grant for a further year, we will give them the skills they need to grow and help 35,000 more young people into meaningful employment.”

Hancock went on to state: “Currently there are many examples of outstanding apprenticeships, but we want this to be the case every time so we are taking steps to make sure that they’re more rigorous and as responsive to the needs of employers and individuals.”

In conclusion, the skills minister explained: “By radically reforming the funding system we will allow employers to agree with training providers the content and price of training. This will ensure greater competition both on quality and on price.”

Matthew Hancock MP: the skills minister

Matthew Hancock MP: the skills minister

Michael Davis, CEO of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, has also made a statement on today’s announcement.

“The labour market has seen a long-term decline in the number of entry level jobs,” said Davis, “and, critically, there are too few good jobs for young people. Apprenticeships are a proven way of delivering highly productive, well trained and loyal staff, access to a successful career for young people and strong benefits for the exchequer and the economy as a whole. Yet only 15% of UK employers offer them.”

Davis added: “The Commission’s perspective is that we must return apprenticeships to their founding principle – a contract between the apprentice and the employer, valued and funded as such.”

To help increase take-up among employers even further, the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) has launched a new film. ‘How to Hire an Apprentice’ features on Apprentice.TV and guides employers through the process of recruiting.

In addition Jason Holt, a small business and training academy owner, has also been appointed as an Apprenticeships Ambassador to encourage smaller businesses to take on an apprentice.

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100 in 100 2013: The Roll of Honour

The 100 in 100 campaign Roll of Honour highlights and recognises those companies participating in the 2013 drive for new apprenticeships across the UK security sector.

The 100 in 100 campaign is designed to realise 100 or more new apprenticeships in the UK security sector between IFSEC International (which ran at Birmingham’s NEC from 13-16 May) and the Security Excellence Awards Ceremony (which takes place at the celebrated Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London on the evening of Wednesday 23 October).

The 100 in 100 campaign logo for 2013

The 100 in 100 campaign logo for 2013

Supporting the 2013 campaign are CSL DualCom and Skills for Security in addition to the major inspectorates – the National Security Inspectorate and the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board.

Also backing this year’s apprenticeships drive are the British Security Industry Association and the Fire Industry Association. As always, IFSEC International/IFSECGlobal.com is the campaign’s official media partner.

Here’s the Roll of Honour detailing those companies who’ve signed up to take part in 2013…

100 in 100 2013 Roll of Honour

    • Abattis Security Systems (Reading): 1 security systems apprentice
    • BAC Fire and Security (Bristol): 2 security systems apprentices
    • Banham Patent Locks (London): 5 security systems apprentices
    • BeSecure Protection Systems Ltd (Hereford): 1 security systems apprentice
    • Betaris Training (Gloucestershire): Training 12 security guarding apprentices for Permali Business Park, Gloucester, the JS Facilities Group, Cheltenham and Gloucester Quays, Gloucester
    • Clear Sound Security (Coventry): 1 security systems apprentice
    • Corps Security (London): 14 security guarding apprentices
    • Covert Security Systems (Surrey): 1 security systems apprentice
    • Day 2 Day (Essex): 1 security systems apprentice
    • Diamond Fire & Security (UK) Ltd (Bedfordshire): 1 security systems apprentice
    • EFT Systems Ltd (Southport): 1 security systems apprentice
    • GC Fire and Protection Ltd (Halifax): 1 security systems apprentice
    • G4S Technology (UK) Ltd (Tewkesbury): 2 security systems apprentices
    • Heston Apex Europe Ltd (London): 2 security systems apprentices
    • Kingfisher Fire & Security UK Ltd (Surrey): 1 security systems apprentice
    • Lyrico Systems Ltd (Walsall): 3 security systems apprentices
    • MITIE Total Security Management (London): 4 security guarding apprentices
    • Morse Security Ltd (Chelmsford): 1 security systems apprentice
    • MPS Security Systems Ltd (Hertfordshire): 1 security systems apprentice
    • MQD Security & Electronics Ltd (Gosport): 2 security systems apprentices
    • M25 Security Systems Ltd (Rickmansworth): 1 security systems apprentice
    • National Integrated Solutions (Blackburn): 2 security systems apprentices
    • Omiga Security Systems Ltd (Sittingbourne): 1 security systems apprentice
    • Optyma (Kent): 2 security systems apprentices
    • Oxford Doors and Security/Oxford Ironmongery (Oxford): 1 locksmith apprentice
    • Red Property Services (Darlington): 1 locksmithing apprentice
    • RDS Security Systems Ltd (Braintree): 1 security systems apprentice
    • ROC Fire and Security Ltd (Oldham): 1 security systems apprentice
    • SDS Security Limited (London): 1 security systems apprentice
    • Securi-Guard (Plymouth): 2 security systems apprentices
    • Sentinel Security Systems (Herefordshire): 1 security systems apprentice
    • SJP Security (Coventry): 1 security systems apprentice
    • Spectrum Fire UK Ltd (Wellingborough): 1 security systems apprentice
    • Sure Alarm Systems Ltd (London): 1 security systems apprentice
    • Swift Fire and Security Ltd (Manchester): 8 security systems apprentices
    • TDSi (Dorset): 2 security systems apprentices
    • The Formative Group (Wiltshire): 20 security guarding apprentices
    • T I Security (Leeds): 1 security systems apprentice
    • Titan Fire & Security (Uxbridge): 1 security systems apprentice
    • Universal Locks Ltd (Slough): 1 locksmithing apprentice
    • UNY Systems Ltd (Sturrington, Pulborough): 2 security systems apprentices
    • Visual Electronic Services Ltd (Thame): 1 security systems apprentice

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MITIE extends security partnership with BNP Paribas

FTSE 250 strategic outsourcer MITIE has extended its security contract with BNP Paribas Real Estate (a specialised division of the financial services group) to secure its prestigious, 26-floor multi-tenanted landmark building located right in the heart of the City.

The three-year contract for 125 Old Broad Street was re-awarded to MITIE’s Total Security Management (TSM) business through a competitive tender process following its initial contract win in 2008.

MITIE’s TSM Team has worked closely with BNP Paribas at 125 Old Broad Street to realise a culture of security excellence within the building, creating efficiencies through value-add initiatives as well as serving the other tenants located at this high profile location.

MITIE TSM is continuing to provide first class security solutions for BNP Paribas

MITIE TSM is continuing to provide first class security solutions for BNP Paribas

Bob Forsyth, managing director at MITIE TSM, commented: “I’m delighted to have extended the 125 Old Broad Street account for another three years. It’s really exciting to see how the dedication of the on-site security team and the management team has created such a positive security culture.”

Stephen Wallace-Jones, general manager for BNP Paribas, added: “I look forward to a continued professional approach from the MITIE team over the next three years. The service provided over the last five years has been proactive, dedicated and cost-effective.”

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