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BSIA Chairman’s Awards honour outstanding contributions to the security world

Pauline Norstrom – the newly-elected chairman of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) – has personally recognised the significant contributions made by five individuals and organisations to the ongoing success of the UK’s private security sector.

Presenting the 2014 Chairman’s Awards during the Association’s Annual Luncheon at the London Hilton, Park Lane on Wednesday 16 July, Norstrom selected winners in the following categories: Contribution to Exporting, Contribution to Standards, Contribution to Training, Contribution to the Community and Promoting the Industry.

Contribution to Exporting: Ian Moore (Elmdene)

The Chairman’s Award for Contribution to Exporting was presented to Ian Moore of Elmdene. With an export career spanning 20 years, Moore has made a positive contribution to the international growth of a number of businesses.

Ian Moore of Elmdene accepts his trophy from BSIA chairman Pauline Norstrom

Ian Moore of Elmdene accepts his trophy from BSIA chairman Pauline Norstrom

In 2003, he founded Detector Technologies and oversaw the company’s growth from a start-up to becoming an international business with offices in the UK, Australia, Dubai and South Africa all in just six years.

A long-term contributor to the BSIA’s Export Council, Moore’s expertise continues to help new exporters gain a foothold in overseas markets.

Contribution to Standards: Robbie Calder (Broadland Guarding)

The Chairman’s Award for Contribution to Standards was presented to Robbie Calder of Broadland Guarding, who was recognised for his contributions to the development of training standards requirements for Security Industry Authority licenses relating to CCTV operators.

As the main BSIA representative on many revisions of BS 7958 (CCTV Management and Operations) and BS 8523 (Management and Operation of Warden Schemes), Calder has continued to promote Best Practice and improve quality of service delivery in these areas.

Robbie Calder: proud recipient of the Contribution to Standards Award

Robbie Calder: proud recipient of the Contribution to Standards Award

As chairman of the BSIA’s Police and Public Services Section, Calder has also represented the Association at various Parliamentary round table meetings, ensuring that our industry’s capabilities are both recognised and respected.

Contribution to Training: PHS Group Training Department/PHS Datashred

The Chairman’s Award for Contribution to Training was presented to PHS Group Training Department/PHS Datashred in recognition of the organisation’s efforts to develop recognised training schemes for the Information Destruction Sector.

As the first organisation in the UK to be awarded accreditation from Skills for Security for Information Destruction Operations, PHS Datashred has worked together with the wider PHS Group’s Training Department to develop an in-house training course designed to further enhance the quality of service provided to customers and the wider public alike.

PHS Datashred won the Chairman's Award for Contribution to Training

PHS Datashred won the Chairman’s Award for Contribution to Training

Recently, the Group has opened the PHS Academy – a dedicated training and development centre in Gloucester which houses the delivery of this course.

Contribution to the Community: David Bone (Securitas Security Services)

The Chairman’s Award for Contribution to the Community was presented to David Bone of Securitas Security Services who, as an active member of the organisation’s Community Team since 2008, has dedicated countless hours to the company’s fundraising and community events programmes.

Bone’s contributions have made a difference to various local and national charities, including the Poppy Appeal and St Theresa’s Hospice, with events raising over £31,000 in total.

David Bone of Securitas Security Services collects the Contribution to the Community Award

David Bone of Securitas Security Services collects the Contribution to the Community Award

Organising security for charity events, as well as celebrity appearances, are key elements of Bone’s contributions, and he pledges to “continue to build and maintain excellent community links while encouraging others to take part in delivering the Securitas Community Spirit.”

Promoting The Industry: Simon Banks (CSL DualCom)

Finally, the Chairman’s Award for Promoting the Industry was presented to Simon Banks of CSL Dualcom for his fantastic work on the 100 in 100 Apprenticeship initiative.

A driving force behind the success of the annual scheme (which aims to place 100 new security apprentices in the sector in just 100 days), Banks has been instrumental in its success, which has so far seen over 1,800 young people placed in security careers. These new recruits have included installers, engineers, technicians, customer service personnel and locksmiths.

The BSIA Chairman's Award for Promoting The Industry was won by Simon Banks of CSL DualCom

The BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Industry was won by Simon Banks of CSL DualCom

Inspired by his own experiences as an apprentice, Banks believes that the continued recruitment of young people into the security sector is crucial for maintaining the industry’s professionalism while also helping to avoid a potential skills gap in a few years’ time.

Commitment to enhancing the quality of UK security

Speaking about the Chairman’s Awards, Pauline Norstrom said: “It’s a great pleasure that one of my first tasks as chairman of the BSIA is to recognise and reward the significant and lasting contributions made by these dedicated individuals and companies. Their commitment to improving the reputation and quality of our industry is admirable, and I shall look forward to building further on these achievements in my next two years as BSIA chairman.”

Companies interested in BSIA membership can find out more about the many benefits of belonging to the Association – including the annual award presentations – by visiting: http://www.bsia.co.uk/join-the-bsia

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100 in 100 2014: creating new apprenticeships for UK security

The official launch of 100 in 100 2014 – the fourth annual drive to energise more brand new apprenticeships across the security world – took place at a special presentation held in the IFSECGlobal.com Centre Stage Theatre at IFSEC International 2014 on Wednesday 18 June.

100 in 100 aims to energise 100 or more new apprenticeships in the UK security sector within a 100-day timeline starting at IFSEC International 2014 (which ran from 17-19 June at ExCeL, London).

“Last year, the 100 in 100 campaign exceeded its target and even caught the eye of the Government with a personal letter of congratulations from Prime Minister David Cameron,” said Simon Banks, Group Managing Director at the CSL DualCom Group and the co-founder of 100 in 100.

“This publicity is crucial in order to keep employers’ minds focused on apprenticeships as a credible recruitment source. Employers must engage with apprenticeships and recognise how valuable an apprentice can be within their company in a relatively short time frame.”

Simon Banks: co-founder of 100 in 100

Simon Banks: co-founder of 100 in 100

Banks also stated: “In just three years, the right candidate can become integral to the team and a great source of fresh ideas and skills. When you also factor in the potential skills gap predicted in the UK by 2020, it really is very important for employers to act now. Put simply, there has never been a better time to hire an apprentice.”

The political will is also there to make apprenticeships work. Matthew Hancock MP – the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning – is once again supporting the 100 in 100 campaign.

New apprenticeship opportunities in the UK security sector

Supporting the 2014 campaign are CSL DualCom and Skills for Security as well as the major inspectorates – the National Security Inspectorate and the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board.

Also backing the apprenticeships drive are the British Security Industry Association, the Fire Industry Association and the Fire Protection Association.

Matthew Hancock MP: supporting this year's apprenticeships drive in the security sector

Matthew Hancock MP: supporting this year’s apprenticeships drive in the security sector

As always, UBM Live’s Security and Fire Portfolio (with http://www.IFSECGlobal.com at its heart) is the campaign’s official media partner.

100 in 100 focuses on all types of apprenticeship, among them installation engineers, manufacturing engineers, business administration, Human Resources, marketing and PR.

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 has again committed to look after paperwork for those organisations willing to employ new apprentices, right from initial sign-up through to appointing the college or training provider.

The training and skills body will also draw down Government funding on each participating company’s behalf.

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. 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!

Richard Jenkins – CEO at the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) – commented: “It’s vital to engage with young people and encourage them to view our industry as a credible and rewarding career choice. The NSI’s mission is to raise standards in the industry and, to help achieve this, young enthusiastic talent must be nurtured in order to carry the industry forward in a professional manner. The NSI wholeheartedly supports the 100 in 100 initiative and encourages employers to seriously consider the many benefits that apprenticeships can bring to their businesses.”

Richard Jenkins: CEO at the NSI

Richard Jenkins: CEO at the NSI

Geoff Tate – Chief Executive of the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) – added: “We’ve supported the 100 in 100 initiative since its inception and we’re delighted that it has been so successful. To ensure that the industry continues to service the market well, we need to make certain that the skills base of those just starting to work in the security sector is as good as it possibly can be. The success of this project is testament to the enthusiasm of all those involved, and to the resilience of the sector overall.”

Geoff Tate: CEO at the SSAIB

Geoff Tate: CEO at the SSAIB

What the employers have to say

Speaking from the perspective of an employer fully committed to taking on apprentices, Anthony King – Managing Director at Kings Security – explained: “Kings Security has always believed in apprentice investment and, over the last 30 years, we have increased our intake each year. At the moment we average 50 apprentices every 12 months, and we’re proud to host an onsite Learning Centre.”

King continued: “By training an apprentice you’ll nurture an employee with the exact skill-set required by your business so the initial time spent training them pays dividends in the future. Many former apprentices now head up our teams of engineers. Kings Security is committed to continue our apprentice investment for future years.”

Kings Security's managing director Anthony King

Kings Security’s managing director Anthony King

Another keen supporter of 100 in 100 is Lucy Banham, Director at The Banham Group. “At the Banham Group, we use the apprenticeship scheme to bring into the business young individuals who are keen to learn. It’s important for any company to safeguard their future by nurturing a variety of experience and ages within their workforce.”

Importantly, Banham added: “The fact that a potential apprentice has sought out an apprenticeship with your business shows an immediate level of commitment. They are prepared to go through training and college work in order to prove to us as an employer that they really want a job at the end of the process. We also find that apprentices are good, mature candidates as they have made this important career decision so early on.”

Telephone Skills for Security’s Customer Relations Team on 01905 744000 TODAY and play your part in the UK security apprenticeships drive for 2014.

For further information visit: http://www.csldual.com/uk/news/get-apprentice-aware-in-2014.html or e-mail: TheApprentice@csldual.com

About IFSEC International 2014

IFSEC International 2014 showcased effective and efficient security solutions across a wide range of product areas, among them: Access Control, Integrated Security, Smart Buildings, Intruder Alarms, Perimeter Protection, Physical Security, Safe Cities and Video Surveillance.

IFSEC International is the largest security event to showcase a range of solutions for the entire security buying chain. Visitors are able to attend the IFSEC Academy and experience the wealth of education on offer from many industry leaders and experts in chosen disciplines.

IFSEC International 2014 is part of UBM’s Protection and Management 2014. Registration for IFSEC International is open and gives badge holders access to all the shows within Protection and Management 2014 including: FIREX International, The Facilities Show, Safety & Health Expo, Energy & Environment Expo and Service Management Expo.

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BSIA members to showcase latest innovations at IFSEC International 2014

Members of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) are looking forward to showcasing the very latest in innovative security technology before an impressive audience of international buyers and specifiers as IFSEC International makes its return to London next week (17-19 June).

The show’s relocation to London’s ExCeL has enabled exhibition organiser UBM Live to rejuvenate the show’s format, with the introduction of new features and opportunities for networking both during the show and after hours.

Learning, education and training still form a key element of the event’s format, with many BSIA spokespeople scheduled to take part in keynote sessions as part of the IFSEC Academy Conference Programme.

Meanwhile, several members of the BSIA’s Lone Worker Section will be showcasing the latest safety devices and smart phone apps at Safety and Health Expo, which runs alongside IFSEC International as part of UBM’s wider Protection and Management Series. There’s free entry to all IFSEC ticket-holders.

“There’s certainly a buzz of excitement in the air as we count down to IFSEC International’s return to London,” commented James Kelly, CEO of the BSIA (the trade body representing the UK’s private security industry). “With an impressive number of delegates from across the security buying chain already pre-registered to attend, the BSIA and its members are looking forward to a busy few days.”

The BSIA Members Lounge at IFSEC International 2013

The BSIA Members Lounge at IFSEC International 2013

UBM Live’s group marketing manager Ruth Galpine has confirmed the positive outlook for 2014’s event. “Pre-registration for IFSEC International is looking incredibly healthy,” said Galpine, “with current figures tracking at 45% up year-on-year. This is due to the re-location to London, opening the event up to end users and international visitors, both of which we’ve seen a huge increase in, plus all of the new visitor features, education and customer experience initiatives that UBM has put in place for this year.”

BSIA members’ activity at IFSEC International 2014

The BSIA itself has a full schedule of activity planned for its stand, which was announced by the Association earlier this month.

Meanwhile, several BSIA members who are exhibiting at the show have shared their own previews of the technology and services that visitors to UBM’s Protection and Management Series can expect to see.

Brief excerpts from these previews are detailed below:

Bosch Security Systems
IFSEC International: Stand F700

Bosch Security Systems will be showcasing new 4K Ultra HD cameras including the DINION IP Ultra 8000 MP displaying incredible detail while reducing bit rates, network strain and storage costs. For streaming and HD image playback over restricted network connections, Bosch will also demonstrate its Dynamic Transcoding technology which provides smooth live video where bandwidth is limited.

Connexion2
Safety and Health Expo: Stand M2055

Lone worker solutions specialist Connexion2 will be showcasing a list of high-profile guest speakers at Europe’s market-leading annual safety exhibition. The UK-based company, itself a member of the BSIA’s Lone Worker Section, has expanded into the European market this year and will exhibit its market-leading Identicom lone worker devices as well as the SoloProtect service.

CSL Dualcom
IFSEC International: Stand F1300

CSL DualCom Ltd is a leading international critical connectivity provider specialising in Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications. Visit the CSL DualCom Stand (F1300) at IFSEC International to discover how DigiAir® is revolutionising the digital communicator arena. There’ll also be news of the the latest developments on the best-selling DualCom GradeShift® range, including remote servicing and diagnostic features, as well as news on its European expansion for international customers.

Dycon
IFSEC International: Stand C720

Dycon is a leading independent UK-based designer and manufacturer of efficient ‘green’ switched mode power supplies for all kinds of low voltage applications across a large number of different sectors (including security, access control, CCTV and facilities management). Managing director Tony Allen explained: “Dycon is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year and IFSEC International is the ideal place to showcase the company’s decade of innovation and technical advancement. We look forward to an exciting and enjoyable three days.”

Elmdene International
IFSEC International: Stand F1165

As well as showing its standard power supplies, sounders and ancillaries, the company will also be previewing the brand new EN54-4 (Fire) STX Power Supply range along with its new FLEXI-BELL external sounder for graded intruder systems. Elmdene’s managing director Ian Moore explained: “Please pop by to visit us on Stand F1165 and view these products or let us know if you have any other requirements where we may be able to help you out.”

Integrated Design Limited
IFSEC International: Stand F1600

Integrated Design Limited with be showcasing new additions and enhancements to the Fastlane range of turnstiles on Stand F1600. Now in its 30th year of design and manufacturing, IDL ensures that Fastlane products are well known as innovative, intelligent and reliable with very low total cost of ownership.

Kaba
IFSEC International: Stand E1550

Kaba will be presenting new and innovative technology around NFC applications, specifically in the hotel, corporate and manufacturing industries. Kaba is also looking forward to presenting its ‘Sector Pods’ at IFSEC International, with key focuses on education, airports and utilities. Product and industry experts will be on hand to discuss a wide range of security and access solutions, but with a particular emphasis on application and solution benefits for prospective end users and partners. Paul Spencer, head of UK marketing at Kaba, explained: “We’re looking forward to a great event in the capital city, a location that has already been well received by our international colleagues and partners as well as existing customers.”

Nortech Control Systems
IFSEC International: Stand C1960

Offering live demonstrations of its latest products, including the Norpass, uPASS Access and FeeMaster Smart systems, BSIA Access Control Section member Nortech Control Systems can be located at Stand C1960. Stephen Blacker (the owner of Nortech Control Systems) is looking forward to IFSEC International 2014. “IFSEC is the perfect place to demonstrate our latest product developments to a wide range of existing and potential customers. This year we are looking forward to providing live demonstrations of our Norpass, uPASS Access and Feemaster solutions.”

Pyronix
IFSEC International: Stand E1600

Pyronix’s comprehensive range of multi-award winning, patented wireless, wired and hybrid intruder alarm solutions will be exhibited at this year’s show. From the Enforcer, Euro and PCX families through to the innovative XD range of external detectors and uniquely featured Deltabell and Invincibell external sounders, there are plenty of security solutions for visitors to be excited about. To complement Pyronix’s world renowned security solutions, a new range of cameras will be unveiled exclusively at IFSEC 2014. Julie Kenny CBE DL, chairman and CEO of Pyronix, commented: “Pyronix hasn’t exhibited at IFSEC for five years so we are back with a bang! We want our customers, both existing and future, to see the entire range of Pyronix products and what we can offer them – an ‘all-round security and video solution’.”

RISCO Group
IFSEC International: Stand G1100

A leading provider of integrated security solutions, RISCO Group will be showcasing its core intruder, SMS and detection range as well as its innovative new products including VUpoint, a revolutionary live video verification solution which seamlessly integrates with RISCO’s advanced wireless panel as well as their flexible hybrid panel. Also on display will be the company’s BWare product, a state-of-the-art detector designed for commercial and high-end residential installations. Finally, visitors to RISCO’s stand can also view the updated iRISCO app, specifically engineered for home and business owners with a sleek new design, a clear interface and added options for enhanced usability.

Skyguard
Safety and Health Expo: Stand M2155

As a member of the BSIA’s Lone Worker Section, Skyguard will be showcasing its range of lone worker safety devices, smart phone apps and its unique client administration portal at the Safety and Health Expo, which is taking place alongside IFSEC International. Visitors can meet existing Skyguard customers and learn directly from them the benefits of using the company’s solutions. Will Murray (marketing director at Skyguard) explained: “We’ll be launching our iPhone software app at this year’s show and offering demonstrations of our product range on the stand. Also new for this year is that we have three clients presenting Case Studies in the Lone Worker Arena – one presentation for each day of the show.”

Tavcom Training
IFSEC International: Stand H700

As in previous years, Tavcom Training will have a large presence at IFSEC International 2014. Visitors to Stand H700 will find the Tavcom team enthusiastically waiting to provide them with a taste of the recently launched ‘Bite Size’ courses. There are 20 of them now online and the number will continue to grow over the coming months. “We have developed these with installers and system integrators, as well as operators, security personnel and specifiers in mind,” said Paul Tennent, managing director of Tavcom. In addition, Tavcom will again be hosting the Tavcom Training Theatre where visitors to the exhibition will be able to attend free of charge a programme of lectures which will have ‘Integration’ as the central theme.

TDSi
IFSEC International: Stand F1100

TDSi is an integrated security manufacturer that has been at the forefront of access control and integrated security management for over 30 years. As an ISO9001 accredited company, TDSi designs, manufactures and supports access control readers, controllers and software systems and IP CCTV products. Millions of people rely on TDSi systems to gain secure, reliable access to installations of all types and sizes. This year, TDSi will be showcasing its latest integrated security software and hardware solutions. Managing director John Davies commented: “IFSEC International is a key annual event and offers us a perfect opportunity to meet with customers, partners and peers throughout the security industry.”

Winsted
IFSEC International: Stand F1350

Leading CCTV Control Room furniture manufacturer Winsted Europe & Middle East will be launching the latest in innovative designed workstations with the new dual sit/stand ‘Horizon’ console debuting at IFSEC International on Stand F1350. Changing positions throughout the day has been long proven to help minimise physical stress and fatigue improving focus, mood and productivity. Winsted’s new Horizon console takes performance and comfort to new heights, featuring two surfaces that adjust independently of each other at the touch of a button.

Full versions of these company previews can be viewed on the BSIA’s website: http://www.bsia.co.uk/bsia-and-ifsec

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20,000-plus new apprentice jobs pledged during National Apprenticeship Week 2014

Even more people will gain an opportunity to earn while they learn after more than 20,000 new Apprenticeships have been pledged by employers as part of National Apprenticeship Week1.

From Lloyds Banking Group committing to hiring 5,000 apprentices through to Greene King and Whitbread pledging 2,000 a piece and EE, Mitchells & Butlers and Starbucks each announcing 1,000 vacancies, announcements have been made by hundreds of businesses around the country.

It’s not just big corporates that are showing their commitment to Apprenticeships – 47% of the employers creating new Apprenticeships are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Smaller organisations announcing plans to take on apprentices include Cambridgeshire retailer Crafting Time, Kent web designers Interactive Red, London charity Lives not Knives, Grimsby-based electrical contractor HYBRiD, Oldham construction firm Emanuel Whittaker and Penzance customer services company TR18 Contact.

Other companies that have pledged new Apprenticeships include BT, ITV, Network Rail, Be Wiser Insurance, Central Bedfordshire Council, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Ashtead Plant Hire, Southend Citizen Advice Bureau and Virgin Media.

Meanwhile, Capita Personal Independence Payment has pledged to make 5% of its non-healthcare workforce apprentices and launched a drive to hire more disabled young people onto Apprenticeships.

National Apprenticeship Week, which ran from 3-7 March, has also seen a boost to the new Traineeships, which give young people the work preparation training, English, mathematics and work experience they need to gain an Apprenticeship or other job.

Employers including the BBC and Port of Tilbury have pledged to give more young people Traineeships – as have Liverpool Football Club through a partnership with Myerscough College.

Meanwhile, Westminster Kingsway College has launched a new Parliamentary Traineeship programme so 16-23 year olds can get a chance to gain experience in the corridors of power.

Damaging divide between vocational and academic learning

Business secretary Vince Cable said: “The Government is putting an end to the damaging divide between vocational and academic learning. We are committing to the biggest ever investment in Apprenticeships and are on track to create two million Apprenticeships over the course of this Parliament.”

Business secretary Vince Cable

Business secretary Vince Cable

Cable continued: “The resounding success of this year’s National Apprenticeship Week demonstrates that apprenticeships are deservedly becoming more popular with businesses of all sizes. Apprentices already contribute £1.8 billion to the economy and, with these further commitments, thousands more people will now be able to gain the practical skills they need to build careers and help firms grow.”

Friday’s announcement follows new research revealing that nearly half (44%) of employers intend to take on one or more apprentice in the next five years2. Further research from the Association of Accounting Technicians has revealed that apprentices have delivered around £1.8 billion of net economic benefits to UK organisations in the last year3.

National Apprenticeship Week has also seen the Prime Minister announce the Government’s commitment to creating two million Apprenticeships over the lifetime of the current Parliament. David Cameron announced the next round of Trailblazer employers – 29 new groups of employers who will lead the transformation of Apprenticeships. The new trailblazers span sectors from accountancy to aviation and nursing to retail and include small businesses and sector specialists as well as some big names such as Tata Steel, John Lewis, British Airways and BMW4.

Online mentoring service to begin

Other announcements during last week included the launch of new Higher, degree level, Apprenticeships in Space Engineering and Nursing.

To help bring more SME employers on board, further support has been announced including a new online mentoring service entitled Apprenticemakers.

Meanwhile, the AvLive feed of vacancies which training providers and partners can use to promote Apprenticeship vacancies has been upgraded following a successful six-month testing period.

Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock MP explained: “We want to make going to University or into an Apprenticeship the new norm. Over half of young people say they would like to do an Apprenticeship if one were available. As National Apprenticeship Week 2014 comes to a close, we can announce that 20,432 new positions are to be created.”

Skills minister Matthew Hancock

Skills minister Matthew Hancock

The minister continued: “In order to give young people the best chance possible of securing an Apprenticeship or job and unlock their potential, we need to help them become work-ready. The new Traineeships will be crucial to that.”

In conclusion, Hancock said: “Apprenticeships are delivering for employers, young people, adults and the economy and are increasing at a record rate. Nearly every employer that takes on an apprentice reports benefits to their business, including the ability to grow their own talents.”

Now in its seventh year, National Apprenticeship Week is designed to celebrate Apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy. The overarching theme for 2014 has been Great Apprenticeships to demonstrate that Apprenticeships are great for business, personal careers and create opportunities for both employers and apprentices.

Visit apprenticeships.org.uk or https://bitly.com/Traineeships2014 for more information.

Notes
1Data sourced from monitoring press coverage during National Apprenticeship Week and through press releases sent to the National Apprenticeship Service and registrations on the National Apprenticeship Service Pledgeometer
2http://apprenticeships.org.uk/news-media/latest-news/article402.aspx
3http://www.aat.org.uk/news/article/AAT-research-shows-value-of-apprenticeships-UK-businesses
4https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/apprenticeship-trailblazers

National Apprenticeship Service: delivering Apprenticeships and Traineeships

The National Apprenticeship Service supports and co-ordinates the delivery of Apprenticeships and Traineeships throughout England.

The organisation is responsible for increasing the number of Apprenticeship and Traineeship opportunities and providing a dedicated, responsive service for both employers and learners. This includes simplifying the process of recruiting an apprentice or trainee through Apprenticeship vacancies, an online system where employers can advertise their vacancies and potential apprentices or trainees can apply.

Apprenticeships bring considerable value to organisations, employers, individuals and the economy. Businesses across the country are increasingly realising the enormous benefits that Apprenticeships create, not only in terms of developing a highly skilled workforce but also by boosting productivity and staff retention.

Research shows that Apprenticeships are an optimal way of training, developing and skilling people for the future, helping businesses to secure a supply of people with the skills and qualities they need and which are often not available on the external job market.

A Traineeship is an education and training programme with a work placement that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for. At its core are work preparation training, English and maths for those who need it, and a high quality work experience placement.

Traineeships are for young people aged 16 to 23 who are motivated to get a job but who lack the skills and experience that employers are looking for. Traineeships prepare young people for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’. They give young people the skills and experience to be able to compete for an Apprenticeship or other job.

Traineeships are a stepping stone to future success for young people, businesses and the wider economy.

There has never been a better time to employ an apprentice or start an Apprenticeship.

Visit apprenticeships.org.uk or call 08000 150600 to find out more.

The Skills Funding Agency

The Skills Funding Agency is a partner organisation of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Its job is to fund and promote adult further education (FE) and skills training in England, including Traineeships and Apprenticeships, in a way which supports economic growth.

The Agency delivers £4.1 billion of skills training through contracts with over 1,000 colleges, private training organisations and employers with a highly effective supply chain that means FE meets local need in the most cost-effective way.

Within the Skills Funding Agency there are two customer-facing services: the National Apprenticeship Service, which is responsible for increasing the number of Traineeship and Apprenticeship opportunities, and the National Careers Service, which provides impartial careers information, advice and guidance online, by telephone or face-to-face.

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CSL DualCom and IFSEC International: headline sponsors of NSI Installer Summit 2014

CSL DualCom and IFSEC International have been announced as the two headline sponsors for the National Security Inspectorate’s Installer Summit 2014.

On 20 March 2014, the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) is hosting a unique conference and exhibition specifically crafted for the business needs of NSI-approved security installers.

This exclusive event features a bespoke seminar programme, exhibition and ‘Learning Zone’ aimed at providing installers with vital information on the industry and good business practice.

The event has already seen a phenomenal take up, with over 200 registered delegates and an exhibitor list featuring leading manufacturers and business solution providers.

Simon Banks: group md at CSL DualCom

Simon Banks: group md at CSL DualCom

Simon Banks, group managing director at CSL DualCom Group and a major supporter of the NSI Installer Summit, explained: “CSL DualCom has been a loyal supporters of the NSI Regional Meetings, and the creation of the NSI Installer Summit is a natural evolution. A fire and security event catering specifically for the installers is a major step forward. The NSI Summit offers sponsors the chance to meet a large number of NSI approved companies at a forum specifically tailored to their requirements. With over 200 NSI installers already registered to attend, we look forward to headlining what is set to be a landmark industry event.”

Peter Poole: event manager, IFSEC International

Peter Poole: event manager, IFSEC International

IFSEC International has taken up the second headline sponsorship package. Peter Poole, event manager at IFSEC International, said: “IFSEC International is delighted to be a headline sponsor of the NSI Installer Summit. We really value our installer community, and the NSI Summit presents an opportunity to meet a large number of approved installers ahead of the show in June. We’re looking forward to showcasing the benefits of IFSEC International relocating to London while also offering a preview of what’s anticipated to be the best edition of IFSEC International yet!”

Commenting on this formidable event, Chris Pinder (the NSI’s external affairs director) stated: “With a varied and informative seminar programme in addition to the exhibition and ‘Learning Zone’, this really is a great opportunity to have multiple business queries addressed at one all-encompassing industry event.”

Chris Pinder: external affairs director at the NSI

Chris Pinder: external affairs director at the NSI

In addition to CSL DualCom and IFSEC International, the NSI event has a plethora of recognised names among its list of exhibitors. Full details of all exhibitors can be found at: http://www.nsi.org.uk/information-centre/nsi-events/nsi-installer-summit-new/

Aside from an exhibition, this event offers the aforementioned ‘Learning Zone’ where installers can bring any queries they may have on areas such as standards, Health and Safety, employment law, business finance, apprenticeships and much more.

The seminar programme offers yet more value with industry updates and business updates including hints and tips on marketing your business.

Exhibitor and visitor enquiries should be directed to Nigel Aitkin, the NSI’s change manager (telephone: 01628 764843, e-mail: events@nsi.org.uk)

About the National Security Inspectorate

The NSI is a leading approvals and certification body that regularly audits companies providing home security, business security, fire safety and FM services.

The organisation also provides a range of training courses for the security and fire sectors.

To find out more about the NSI visit: http://www.nsi.org.uk

About CSL DualCom

CSL DualCom is the inventor of dual signalling and pioneers of the move from wired to wireless technology in the electronic security industry.

DualCom is trusted to protect hundreds of thousands of premises throughout Europe including many major retail brands.

The DualCom GradeShift® Range, the UK’s fastest selling dual signalling system, offers installers an easy to install product on a single hardware platform for any grade of risk. This, combined with the WorldSIM®, has reduced false alarms by almost 90%.

DualCom is powered by the complexity and robustness of the DualCom Gemini® Managed Network. Gemini® provides intelligence that enables us to push the innovation boundaries of high-end signalling and offer game-changing services that are the first of their kind in the industry.

About IFSEC International

IFSEC International is the leading event that caters for the entire security buying chain. Attracting manufacturers, distributors, consultants, specifiers, installers, integrators and end users, IFSEC International is the only event to bring the whole community together under one roof.

Providing education, networking and details of the latest products, IFSEC International brings together more than 28,000 visitors and 650 exhibitors to discover the latest solutions in the security industry.

IFSEC International 2014 takes place from 17-19 June at ExCeL, London.

IFSEC International is part of the Protection & Management Series which also includes FIREX International, the Facilities Show, Safety and Health Expo, Energy and Environment Expo and Service Management Expo.

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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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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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