Over 1,300 apprentices will be embarking on a new career in the security sector following the success of this year’s 100 in 100 initiative, which was launched at IFSEC International in May with the aim of recruiting 100 security apprentices in 100 days.
Sponsored by CSL DualCom and supported by Skills for Security, the National Security Inspectorate and the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board, the 100 in 100 initiative has attracted a record level of interest in 2013, in turn realising the recruitment of 1,316 young apprentices across several disciplines of the security sector.
A total of 1,084 apprentices have been recruited via the security guarding sector, with the remainder embarking upon security systems apprenticeships.
The results of this year’s scheme were announced last night at the beginning of the 2013 Security Excellence Awards Ceremony, which took place at the London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane.
Demand so high in 2013
Jayne Sale, head of commercial services at Skills for Security, commented: “Demand has been so high this year that two groups in our London-based college were over-subscribed, resulting in new groups being planned to start there in April of next year. In addition, two new training venues have come on board in Exeter and Essex, bringing the total number of venues to ten and including Bromley, Chichester, Uxbridge, Exeter, Gloucester, Bradford, Preston, Newark, Birmingham and Hounslow.”
Sale continued: “We’re delighted with the results of this year’s initiative, and would like to thank all of the organisations who have supported us in our drive to attract the next generation of security professionals, in turn ensuring that our industry continues to thrive well into the future.”
Among the organisations supporting the 100 in 100 initiative is the British Security Industry Association.
United Business Media (UBM) has also provided valuable press support throughout the initiative as Official Media Partner.
Longer term value of apprenticeships
On the long-term value of apprenticeships, Simon Banks (group managing director at CSL Dualcom and the co-founder of 100 in 100) explained: “Apprentice take-up continues to be outstanding, and we are pleased to see that the security sector is genuinely realising the value of apprenticeships. Companies are provided with a succession plan of reliable resources that’s bespoke to their business. The apprentice has a skill for life in a recession-resistant industry. Ultimately, this professionalises our industry and makes it more desirable and rewarding for all.”
For those companies interested in recruiting an apprentice there’s still time to take advantage of the 100 in 100 scheme, with a number of courses starting in January.
Contact Skills for Security’s Customer Relations Team on (telephone) 01905 744000 for details.