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.
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:
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:
The surveys will be open until Monday 16 September.
To find out more about the 100 in 100 apprenticeship scheme visit: http://www.skillsforsecurity.org.uk/index.php/happening/2/266