IFSEC International 2013 at the NEC in Birmingham witnessed the official launch of 100 in 100 2013 – the third annual drive to create more brand new apprenticeships across the security world.
“There has never been a better time to hire an apprentice,” explained Simon Banks, group managing director at the CSL Communications Group and one of the key drivers behind the 100 in 100 initiative.
Heralding the launch of the 2013 scheme aimed at creating as many new apprenticeships across the UK’s security sector as possible, Banks explained: “There’s now more college access than ever before, ever greater industry acceptance and even easier administration procedures. Attitudes towards apprenticeships are really changing for the better as people realise they are a positive and genuine alternative to university for many of today’s youngsters. In addition, there’s now more Government support than ever before. The political will is there to make apprenticeships work.”
The official 100 in 100 campaign logo
Cementing that last point, Matthew Hancock MP – the skills minister within the coalition Government – has already offered his fulsome support for the 100 in 100 campaign in 2013.
“This Government is on the side of employers who invest in the skills of their people,” explained Hancock, “and we’re working with businesses to ensure that the apprenticeships programme is rigorous, responsive and absolutely delivers on the high quality training which employers really value.”
The minister continued: “By conducting its own campaign to deliver more apprenticeships, the security industry is giving ambitious young people the opportunity to build rewarding careers in the sector, and laying a firm foundation for sustained growth.”
Energising new apprenticeship opportunities in the security sector
The premiss behind the 100 in 100 campaign is the same as it was for the first two years of operation since the inaugural scheme went to market in 2011 – to energise 100 or more new apprenticeships in the security sector between IFSEC International and the Security Excellence Awards (which this year takes place at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London on Wednesday 23 October).
Simon Banks at the launch of 100 in 100 2013
In 2012, the 100 in 100 campaign smashed its previous record by placing 320 new apprenticeships – a phenomenal achievement. We want to make 2013 an even more successful year, though.
Supporting this year’s campaign are CSL DualCom and Skills for Security in addition to the major inspectorates – namely the National Security Inspectorate and the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board. Also on board are the British Security Industry Association and the Fire Industry Association. As always, UBM Live’s Security and Fire Portfolio (with http://www.IFSECGlobal.com at its heart) is the campaign’s official media partner.
The 100 in 100 challenge covers all types of apprenticeship, including installation engineers, manufacturing engineers, business administration, Human Resources, marketing and PR. All types of roles that companies within the security world are well-placed to offer, in turn allowing young people to develop unique skills, experiences and a fulfilling career in what is undoubtedly a dynamic and ever-changing space.
Apprentices usually take around 18 months to gain Level 2 qualifications, with a further 18 months required to take the apprentice to a Level 3.
Employers embracing the opportunities on offer will be responsible for paying employment costs of at least the minimum wage (for 16-18 year-olds and 19-year-olds in the first year of their apprenticeship). Employers will also be required to provide work-based training within their companies.
Skills for Security’s Mike Britnell at IFSEC International 2013
Skills for Security has committed once again to taking care of all paperwork for those organisations willing and able to employ new apprentices, right from initial sign-up through to appointing the college or training provider.
Importantly, Skills for Security will provide qualified assessors to guide and monitor progress, and will also draw down Government funding on each participating company’s behalf.
On that last note, 100% Government funding is available for apprentices aged 16-18, with reduced Government funding (50%) for 19-24 year-olds. Government loans are available for those apprentices aged 25 and above.
New for 2013 is an additional £1,500 grant for those SMEs who don’t currently employ an apprentice and haven’t done so for the last three years.
Solid start to the 2013 campaign
Barely a month after launch and Skills for Security has already reported on a solid start to the 2013 100 in 100 drive.
88 companies are presently registered as recruiting one or more apprentices. The total number of apprentices being recruited by these organisations is 121, while 20 apprentices have been signed up for the autumn start (just over 50% more than at the corresponding stage last year).
To date, six companies are listed within the special 100 in 100 2013 ‘Roll of Honour’. They are as follows:
Abatis Security Systems
G4S Technology (UK) Ltd
Heston Apex Europe Ltd
Lyrico Systems Ltd
RDS Security Systems Ltd
Spectrum Fire (UK)
Titan Fire and Security
Why should your company take on apprentices?
According to the National Apprenticeship Service research undertaken in 2010, 77% of employers canvassed believe apprenticeships make them more competitive. And that’s not all.
Speaking at the 100 in 100 2013 launch event, Skills for Security’s acting CEO Mike Britnell stated: “The research also showed that 80% of employers believe apprenticeships reduce their staff turnover, while over 80% of consumers favour using those companies that take on new apprentices.”
That’s why your company should take on apprentices now!
“This is a great opportunity for our industry to raise its profile and reinforce the long-term, valuable career prospects that security companies can offer young people,” commented Brian Sims, media solutions manager for UBM Live’s Security and Fire Portfolio. “Companies interested in taking part should contact Skills for Security immediately.”
Brian Sims of UBM Live
Jayne Sale – head of commercial services at Skills for Security – said: “We need as many companies and training providers as possible to let us know about their apprenticeship recruitment this year in order to help us make an even bigger announcement in the autumn at the SEAs. Companies can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of apprentices and the type of apprenticeships they have in mind.”
Telephone Skills for Security’s Customer Relations Team on 01905 744000 today and play your part in the security apprenticeships drive for 2013