Security companies in Scotland are raising the profile of security as a viable career choice for jobseekers in a new project launched today.
Launched via teleconference and involving over 100 participants from across Scotland, ‘Security Works: Scotland’ is a joint project between the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and Jobcentre Plus, part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
The project aims to assist security recruiters by educating Jobcentre Plus staff on the wide-ranging careers available within the security sector, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that the right candidates are put forward for security roles.
Every Jobcentre in Scotland will be taking part in the two-week project, which is to consist of a series of teleconferences as well as a number of opportunities for Jobcentre Plus staff to visit BSIA member companies and witness first-hand the varied tasks that successful candidates could end up fulfilling.
Forefront of the recruitment process
Trevor Elliott, director of manpower and membership services at the BSIA, took part in today’s launch event.
“As the Trade Association representing the UK’s private security sector, the BSIA is delighted to be involved in the ‘Security Works: Scotland’ project,” explained Elliott.
“Actively engaging with Jobcentre Plus staff will place our industry at the forefront of the recruitment process. Raising awareness of the wealth of opportunities within our sector will ultimately ensure that the appropriate calibre of candidates is put forward for security roles.”
Robert Mckay, head of the DWP 2014 Commonwealth Games Delivery Team, added: “With the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games now less than six months away, we wanted to acknowledge the important role that security will play in making the event a success. Although specific requirements for the Commonwealth Games will be a part of this project, we also hope that ‘Security Works: Scotland’ will have a lasting legacy in forging stronger relationships between Jobcentre Plus advisors and the security companies on behalf of whom they help to recruit.”
Visits to Scottish security employers
Visits to Scottish security employers will be an important part of the learning process. Four BSIA member companies – VSG, Argyll Ltd, G4S and Securitas – will be opening their doors to Jobcentre Plus staff over the coming weeks.
Also participating in the series of teleconferences will be Palmaris Services Ltd and SecuriGroup Services Ltd.
Roger Riach, branch manager for Securitas in Edinburgh, welcomes the project as an opportunity to challenge misconceptions about the security sector.
Riach explained: “The opportunity to work with the BSIA and the DWP ‘Security Works: Scotland’ Project means that we will be able to make people aware that the industry isn’t just about recruiting at all costs and putting people out on poor contracts and in poor conditions. This has been the tarnished image of security for too long. Securitas aims to educate both future colleagues and DWP staff around the benefits of not just working for Securitas but of the industry as a whole, making them aware that security can be a career and not just a stop gap.”
Brian Newlands, regional manager – Scotland for G4S, shares a positive outlook on the future legacy of the project in attracting high quality candidates to the sector.
“As the largest employer within the private security industry in Scotland, G4S is delighted to support the BSIA ‘Security Works: Scotland’ Project. We believe that by providing Jobcentre Plus staff with an insight into the diverse and varied roles which the modern security industry has to offer, they will be better equipped to advise those looking for employment or a change of career – who perhaps may not have considered a career within the security sector – with a more informed understanding of what our sector has to offer.”
BSIA member companies with a presence in Scotland and wishing to forge closer relationships with Jobcentre Plus staff can still be involved in the project by e-mailing the BSIA’s Scottish representative, Willie Clark, at: firstname.lastname@example.org