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Pointer presented with Investors in Young People Gold Award for impressive youth employment policy

Recognised as one of the largest independent security companies in the UK, Pointer has now been honoured for its commitment to employing young people, with the Investors in Young People (IIYP) Gold Award for Good Practice bestowed upon the Glasgow-based business by Annabelle Ewing MSP.

To mark the accreditation, Ewing (the Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment) visited Pointer’s headquarters in Glasgow city centre in order to meet some of the talented and ambitious young people recruited by the company and also learn about some of the training and recognition they’ve received.

The Minister duly commended Pointer for its commitment to young people as well as the company’s strong focus on creating employment and training opportunities within Scotland’s risk and security management sector.

Speaking at the presentation, Annabelle Ewing enthused: “I’m delighted that Pointer has been recognised for its commitment to employing and investing in young people. Over the last few years, the company has introduced a number of youth employment programmes for staff who want to pursue a career in the risk and security management sector. In fact, this is the perfect example of what companies in the risk sector can do. It offers recruitment and training opportunities that provide good development potential for young people so they can plan ahead and nurture longer-term ambitions.”

Ewing added: “This accreditation is a very significant achievement and indicative of the culture that Pointer has created. It’s a culture that places young people at the very heart of how the business consistently achieves its results.”

Funding from the Scottish Government

An initiative devised by Investors in People Scotland, the IIYP scheme is supported by £1 million worth of funding from the Scottish Government. It’s Scotland’s only people management award focusing on employers’ recruitment and retention of young people.

The scheme originated through a key recommendation from the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, led by Sir Ian Wood.

Peter Russian, CEO at Investors in People, commented: “Pointer has demonstrated a real desire to recruit, develop and retain young people as part of its business. This Gold Award is a fantastic achievement for the company, and I offer my heartfelt congratulations.”

Russian went on to state: “The Investors in Young People framework not only recognises and supports organisations in the employment of young people, but also marks them out as an employer of choice. The benefits of recruiting and developing young people are countless. These include the creation of a talent pool for the future, new and increased skills, fresh eyes and mindsets on business operations plus enthusiasm and the development of unique talents.”

Sandy Rowan, CEO at Pointer, told Risk UK: “I’m extremely proud that Pointer has achieved this milestone. The IIYP accreditation represents a true commitment to our employees and demonstrates a solid foundation for good practice. One of the biggest challenges businesses face is finding the right personnel to help them grow. Along with IIYP, we firmly believe that the recruitment and development of young people is a great way to build a dynamic and productive workforce.”

Rowan also asserted: “By attaining this accreditation, Pointer has proven itself to be an organisation that listens to new ideas, modern viewpoints and energetic minds while also committing to the realisation of each individual’s true potential. Youth employment is a key pillar of our business plan. I’m delighted that our work in this area has been recognised.”

*Further information about Investors in Young People may be accessed online at: www.investorsinpeople.co.uk/investors-young-people

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Showsec expands Scotland operation

Showsec has made another key appointment to its management team as the event security specialist gears itself up for a year of continued growth and prosperity.

The announcement that Michael Paul has joined the company as area manager for the West of Scotland is a further sign of progress in the early stages of 2014 and follows on from the launch of a highly significant restructuring of Showsec’s London operation.

Paul has taken up a prominent position north of the border where Showsec has quickly established a strong presence since this office opened in 2009.

“The company enjoyed another record-breaking year in 2013 and the Scotland office played an important part in that achievement to continue its steady growth since coming into operation,” stated Mark Harding, Showsec’s managing director.

Scott Anderson (left) and Michael Paul of Showsec

Scott Anderson (left) and Michael Paul of Showsec

“A crucial element of our success across the United Kingdom has been the development of a management infrastructure possessing the skills, operational expertise and industry experience to deliver the highest standard of service to our clients.”

Harding added: “With another exciting year in prospect, we have identified areas where strengthening that infrastructure will help us to continue moving forwards. We believe that Michael will prove to be a valuable addition to our team.”

Industry experience across many sectors

Scott Anderson, Showsec’s regional manager for Scotland, commented: “I’m delighted to welcome Michael to the company. Along with his extensive local knowledge, he brings industry experience from a wide range of sectors.”

Anderson stated: “Michael’s appointment marks a key development in our regional progression and allows us to confidently expand our operation safe in the knowledge that we have a regional management infrastructure capable of delivering excellence.”

Mark Harding: md at Showsec

Mark Harding: md at Showsec

Originally from Inverness, Paul has gained much of his experience with SecuriGroup since starting out as a part-time door supervisor.

Having operated in the Aberdeen and Glasgow areas over the past eight years, he’s now relishing the opportunity to further his career.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to be handed such an important role in the development of the Scotland office,” said Paul.

“The chance to work on larger scale events, especially the music festivals in the summer, is particularly exciting.”

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Security companies taking hands-on role in recruitment ahead of Glasgow 2014

Security companies in Scotland are raising the profile of security as a viable career choice for jobseekers in a new project launched today.

Launched via teleconference and involving over 100 participants from across Scotland, ‘Security Works: Scotland’ is a joint project between the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and Jobcentre Plus, part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The project aims to assist security recruiters by educating Jobcentre Plus staff on the wide-ranging careers available within the security sector, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that the right candidates are put forward for security roles.

Every Jobcentre in Scotland will be taking part in the two-week project, which is to consist of a series of teleconferences as well as a number of opportunities for Jobcentre Plus staff to visit BSIA member companies and witness first-hand the varied tasks that successful candidates could end up fulfilling.

Forefront of the recruitment process

Trevor Elliott, director of manpower and membership services at the BSIA, took part in today’s launch event.

“As the Trade Association representing the UK’s private security sector, the BSIA is delighted to be involved in the ‘Security Works: Scotland’ project,” explained Elliott.

“Actively engaging with Jobcentre Plus staff will place our industry at the forefront of the recruitment process. Raising awareness of the wealth of opportunities within our sector will ultimately ensure that the appropriate calibre of candidates is put forward for security roles.”

Trevor Elliott of the BSIA

Trevor Elliott of the BSIA

Robert Mckay, head of the DWP 2014 Commonwealth Games Delivery Team, added: “With the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games now less than six months away, we wanted to acknowledge the important role that security will play in making the event a success. Although specific requirements for the Commonwealth Games will be a part of this project, we also hope that ‘Security Works: Scotland’ will have a lasting legacy in forging stronger relationships between Jobcentre Plus advisors and the security companies on behalf of whom they help to recruit.”

Visits to Scottish security employers

Visits to Scottish security employers will be an important part of the learning process. Four BSIA member companies – VSG, Argyll Ltd, G4S and Securitas – will be opening their doors to Jobcentre Plus staff over the coming weeks.

Also participating in the series of teleconferences will be Palmaris Services Ltd and SecuriGroup Services Ltd.

Roger Riach, branch manager for Securitas in Edinburgh, welcomes the project as an opportunity to challenge misconceptions about the security sector.

Riach explained: “The opportunity to work with the BSIA and the DWP ‘Security Works: Scotland’ Project means that we will be able to make people aware that the industry isn’t just about recruiting at all costs and putting people out on poor contracts and in poor conditions. This has been the tarnished image of security for too long. Securitas aims to educate both future colleagues and DWP staff around the benefits of not just working for Securitas but of the industry as a whole, making them aware that security can be a career and not just a stop gap.”

Brian Newlands, regional manager – Scotland for G4S, shares a positive outlook on the future legacy of the project in attracting high quality candidates to the sector.

“As the largest employer within the private security industry in Scotland, G4S is delighted to support the BSIA ‘Security Works: Scotland’ Project. We believe that by providing Jobcentre Plus staff with an insight into the diverse and varied roles which the modern security industry has to offer, they will be better equipped to advise those looking for employment or a change of career – who perhaps may not have considered a career within the security sector – with a more informed understanding of what our sector has to offer.”

BSIA member companies with a presence in Scotland and wishing to forge closer relationships with Jobcentre Plus staff can still be involved in the project by e-mailing the BSIA’s Scottish representative, Willie Clark, at: w.clark@bsia.co.uk

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Scotland and the UK “safer together” states Home Secretary

Threats to Scotland and the UK from organised crime gangs, cyber criminals and global terrorism are best confronted with Scotland inside the UK, the Home Secretary explained today.

The Home Secretary was in Scotland to launch ‘Scotland Analysis: Security’, the seventh in a series of UK Government papers to inform the debate ahead of next year’s independence referendum.

The paper examines how the UK and Scotland derive mutual benefit from an integrated approach to security, cyber, justice and policing, as well as from security exports and our international alliances and relationships.

The possible consequences for both Scotland and the continuing UK of a vote for independence are subject to analysis in the paper. It stresses that while the UK does work with other countries (such as the Republic of Ireland) to improve security and fight organised crime, there’s a significant difference between these relationships and Scotland’s current position as a privileged and influential part of the UK.

The analysis concludes that independence could disturb the united protection provided to Scotland by the UK’s security and intelligence architecture.

Home Secretary Theresa May

Home Secretary Theresa May

Scottish referendum: key implications of Scottish independence

Key implications of Scottish independence include:

• Scotland facing a technically complex and expensive requirement to establish its security infrastructure. In the meantime, there would be a risk to both Scotland and the continuing UK of diminished security.

• Scotland no longer being covered by the UK’s National Cyber Security Programme which strengthens the services the public rely on and makes the UK a safer place for businesses to operate.

• Co-operation between Police Scotland and other UK forces may not be as straightforward as it is now. Long established UK-wide laws make it easier to pursue justice across borders despite different legal systems and police jurisdictions.

• A limit to the amount of information the continuing UK would be able to share with Scotland. Under the ‘Control Principle’ the UK could not share the kind of information used to fight and counter terrorism with Scotland, passed to it by another country, unless the UK had that country’s consent.

Security consequences of Scottish independence

“This report sets out in plain terms the security consequences of independence, not just for Scotland but for the UK as a whole,” said Home Secretary Theresa May. “Undoubtedly, we are stronger and safer together.”

May continued: “The national security risks the UK faces are complex and changing. Terrorists and organised criminals will seek new ways to exploit any weakness in our justice and policing capabilities, and the scale of emerging threats, such as cyber crime, demands a comprehensively resourced response.”

On that basis, the Home Secretary explained: “Now is the time to work more closely together for the security of all citizens of the UK.”

The UK Government believes that Scotland is better off as part of the UK, and that the UK is stronger, safer and more secure with Scotland as part of it.

In the event of a vote in favour of leaving the UK, Scotland would become an entirely new state and would have to establish its own security arrangements.

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