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Record number of security apprentices recruited through 100 in 100 2013

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.

The 100 in 100 logo

The 100 in 100 logo

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.”

Simon Banks of CSL DualCom

Simon Banks of CSL DualCom

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.

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100 in 100 Roll of Honour recognition for Securi-Guard

Securi-Guard has joined a special industry roll of honour after taking on two apprentices as part of a major national recruitment drive administered by Skills for Security.

The Plymouth-based company will train Liam Hewins (aged 18) and 17-year-old Kieran Pope, both from Plymouth, to work in its security systems division as part of a commitment to help the next generation of security industry employees.

In recognition of the two appointments, Securi-Guard is among a number of security firms nationwide who have been named in the 100 in 100 Roll of Honour by Skills for Security, the not-for-profit organisation that serves as the sector skills body for the private security industry.

It offers information, advice and guidance to help with training and skills development in the security sector for both apprentices and existing security personnel who want to improve their knowledge and skills set.

Terri Jones, the new director general at Skills for Security, said: “We’re delighted that Securi-Guard is supporting the 100 in 100 initiative for 2013. Apprentices deliver real value to employers, and developing the talent of the future is vital to the economic success of the sector. Congratulations to Kieran and Liam. We look forward to following their progress.”

Left to Right: Securi-Guard's Paul Lawson with new apprentices Liam Hewins and Kieran Pope

Left to Right: Securi-Guard’s Paul Lawson with new apprentices Liam Hewins and Kieran Pope

Installation, maintenance, Health and Safety

Securi-Guard will be training Liam and Kieran as security and fire systems engineers under the auspices of Skills for Security’s training programme.

They will both work with an experienced engineer and be taught a variety of skills, including installation of systems, how to repair and maintain the systems to a high standard and ensuring compliance with Health and Safety regulations.

Scott Boyd, Securi-Guard’s managing director for fire and security, said he was delighted to be able to support the 100 in 100 initiative.

“This is an extremely worthwhile campaign and represents a great opportunity for us to help two young apprentices make their mark in the security industry,” stated Scott.

“As a family company, we take great pride in developing our staff from within and see apprenticeship schemes such as this as a natural extension of that ethos. It’s a chance to develop two individuals and equip them with the kind of skills and knowledge that will benefit them throughout their careers.”

The 100 in 100 campaign for 2013 is aiming to place at least 100 new apprentices across the security sector between IFSEC International 2013 (which was held in May at the NEC) and the Security Excellence Awards Ceremony, which takes place at London’s Hilton Park Lane Hotel on Wednesday 23 October.

Fully endorsed by skills minister Matthew Hancock, last year’s campaign resulted in 320 new apprentices. The organisers are hoping to top that figure in 2013.

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BSIA and Skills for Security launch ‘Women in Security’ research project

Attracting more women to careers in the security sector is the focus of a new joint research project being launched this week by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and Skills for Security.

The project is aimed at evaluating the perceptions of security as a career choice among two key groups – namely female students yet to embark upon their career and women already working in the security sector – with a view towards challenging misconceptions of security as a male-oriented career choice.

Inspired by the 100 in 100 apprenticeship campaign – which aims to place 100 apprentices within the security sector in as many days – the project has also been influenced by a recent OFSTED report which suggests that the industry should aim to attract an increased number of female apprentices.

Attracting more women to careers in the security sector is the focus of a new joint research project being launched this week by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and Skills for Security

Attracting more women to careers in the security sector is the focus of a new joint research project being launched this week by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and Skills for Security

Jayne Sale, head of commercial services at Skills for Security, commented: “Our industry already has many successful female figureheads, from entrepreneurs and company directors to award-winning installers and security officers. All of them have proven that security is a viable career option for women. Despite this, the security sector is still significantly male-dominated. Through this survey, we’re hoping to change perceptions and encourage more young people to consider exploring a security apprenticeship.”

Sale went on to state: “We welcome responses from all women working in the security sector who can use their own experiences to help inspire a new generation of business leaders.”

The survey is open to all women working at all levels in all areas of the security industry, and can be completed online in around five minutes. Follow this link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TNPKBGZ

Female students wishing to have their say about their perceptions of security as a career can complete a separate survey by accessing the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MVDNKDW

The surveys will be open until Monday 16 September.

For more information about the BSIA visit: http://www.bsia.co.uk or for Skills for Security visit: http://www.skillsforsecurity.org.uk

To find out more about the 100 in 100 apprenticeship scheme visit: http://www.skillsforsecurity.org.uk/index.php/happening/2/266

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Facebook app launched by young developers to help peers apply for apprenticeships

A team consisting of budding developers from Nottingham has created an app to help school and college leavers find an apprenticeship.

The ‘App-renticeships’ app is the winning design selected by judges following a national competition to develop a tool that helps young job seekers improve the quality of their applications to secure an apprenticeship.

Developed by a young team from Nottingham, the app is being launched today (Monday 19 August) on the National Apprenticeship Service’s dedicated Facebook page as part of a drive to encourage more young people to make apprenticeships their first choice after receiving their exam results. It can also be downloaded as a free mobile phone app.

Screen grab of the new app on Facebook

Screen grab of the new app on Facebook

Members of the winning team from Confetti Media Group in Nottingham are all aged between 16 and 24. They’re currently apprentices at Confetti, working in a range of roles including apprentice production runner and IT and technical apprentice.

Back row (L to R): Craig Abrahart (notgoingtouni.co.uk), Jason Holt (CEO, Holts Group of Companies), Carolyn Savage (National Apprenticeship Service). Front row (L to R): Matt Truslove, James Warkwick, Emma Jesson and Daniel Munro from Confetti Media Group, Nottingham

Back row (Left to Right): Craig Abrahart (notgoingtouni.co.uk), Jason Holt (CEO, Holts Group of Companies) and Carolyn Savage (National Apprenticeship Service). Front row (Left to Right): Matt Truslove, James Warkwick, Emma Jesson and Daniel Munro from Confetti Media Group, Nottingham

They fought off teams from around the country to develop their app, which offers a range of CV advice, Case Study videos and a search tool to help find an apprenticeship.

The team members will be attending the National Careers Service Roadshow in Nottingham today in order to promote the app launch.

The total funds the team received to produce the app was £13,000 (£3,000 for the beta version and a further £10,000 for the final app).

Other resources launched by the National Apprenticeship Service

There have been other resources launched by the National Apprenticeship Service over the examination results period:
• On apprentice.tv, a host of information films and guidance on ‘How to apply for an apprenticeship,’ a guide to Higher Apprenticeships and the new ‘How to make a flying start to your apprenticeship’
• An online ‘Apprentice Support Pack’ featuring hints and advice on starting an apprenticeship

Alison Whitlock, head of apprenticeships at the Confetti Media Group, said: “I’m absolutely delighted for the team and very proud of their achievement. It’s a brilliant user-friendly tool designed by young people with their peers in mind. We’re very excited about its launch today, and we’re also looking forward to the response it receives.”

Pictured at this morning's launch (left to right): James Warkwick, Daniel Munro, Matt Truslove, and Emma Jesson

Pictured at this morning’s launch (left to right): James Warkwick, Daniel Munro, Matt Truslove and Emma Jesson

Jaine Bolton, director at the National Apprenticeship Service, added: “The judges were all impressed by the standard of the applications received in the Facebook competition. It’s clear how much thought and hard work had gone into creating the final app, which really is a winning design created by young people who have been in the same position as those they have created it for. It looks great, is easy to use and will hopefully help young job seekers get the results they are looking for in securing them an apprenticeship.”

David Way, executive director of the National Apprenticeship Service, commented: “Apprenticeships are fast becoming the first choice for many young people as they offer a way to earn while you learn. It’s great to see that parents are also backing apprenticeships for their own children. We need as many employers as possible to offer apprenticeships and see how hiring an apprentice can help them grow their own talent.”

This news comes as the 100 in 100 campaign for 2013 (designed to create new apprenticeships in the security sector) continues to gather momentum.

To help young people access impartial and independent advice, the National Careers Service and National Apprenticeship Service are running a special #ResultsAdvice service on Twitter and Facebook until 29 August in order to give young people the opportunity to ask questions about their exam results, apprenticeships and wider career options.

The National Careers Service can also be contacted free on 0800 100 900 from 8.00 am-10.00 pm or go online for information and advice or to talk to an adviser via webchat. The young people’s section has lots of useful information to help them reach decisions about their future.

Notes
1 Between 3-11 May 2013, the ICM interviewed 1,000 parents of 14-24 year olds from England. The percentages refer to parents who would ‘definitely’ (36%) or ‘maybe’ (46%) “recommend an apprenticeship as a career route for your child(ren).”

2 Percentages refer to all those saying they would ‘definitely’ or ‘probably’ like to do an Apprenticeship if one were available.

3 http://notgoingtouniblog.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/employers-and-students-say-university-is-no-longer-the-best-post-school-option/

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100 in 100 2013: Statistics Update 2.8.2013

The latest statistics for the 100 in 100 2103 apprenticeships drive have been communicated to campaign supporters by Skills for Security.

The 100 in 100 campaign aims to place at least 100 new apprentices across the security sector between IFSEC International 2013 (which ran at the NEC in Birmingham from 13-16 May) and the Security Excellence Awards, which take place at the London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane on Wednesday 23 October.

The campaign is orchestrated by Skills for Security and CSL DualCom with support from the British Security Industry Association, the National Security Inspectorate, the Fire Industry Association, the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board and – in its capacity as Media Partner – UBM Live’s Security and Fire Portfolio (organiser of IFSEC International and the Security Excellence Awards).

Importantly, the campaign is fully endorsed by skills minister Matthew Hancock.

The 2013 100 in 100 campaign logo

The 2013 100 in 100 campaign logo

Last year’s campaign resulted in 320 new apprenticeships, and the aim is to beat that total in 2013.

Pleasingly, the latest statistics from Skills for Security are hugely encouraging. To date, 34 new apprentices have already been signed up (this time last year the corresponding figure was 23), and six appointments are booked for the next couple of weeks to sign up eight further apprentices.

At present, 108 companies have expressed an interest in recruiting 148 apprentices.

This excellent news arrives hot on the heels of the Government’s plans to radically shake-up the UK’s apprenticeship funding framework in the wake of the Richard Review of Apprenticehips.

Taking on new apprentices is a great way of developing your security business. To find out more about employing an apprentice as part of the 100 in 100 campaign for 2013, call Skills for Security’s Customer Relations Team on 01905 744000

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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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