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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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Sodexo’s Jane Farrell scoops Women in Security Industry Award

Sodexo’s skills development manager Jane Farrell has won a top award for her work aimed at bringing more women into the security industry.

Farrell, who’s Sodexo’s Centre of Excellence development manager, scooped the Women in Security Industry Award at the IFSEC and FIREX Awards in Birmingham.

Jane, who is responsible for security training and compliance across the UK and Ireland, spearheads the Sodexo Women in Security Group and ensures that all reports, findings, recommendations and advice are directly communicated to the Sodexo executive management team, remaining a priority for all her senior colleagues.

As part of Secure (Sodexo’s on-site security service), Jane has worked to increase the percentage of female security officers in the organisation from 9% to 14% over the last three years.

Left to right: Professional Security's md Roy Cooper, Jane Farrell and Una Riley

Left to right: Professional Security’s md Roy Cooper, Jane Farrell and Una Riley

Jane has worked for Sodexo for 30 years. Speaking about this award, she commented: “It’s great to be recognised for my contribution to the security industry. I’ve always found that some women have a fear about a career in security as it’s seen as a male-dominated industry. What we’ve tried to do is take that fear away and open up more opportunities for women.”

Farrell continued: “I’ve always seen my role as one of helping people, men and women, to develop their careers. It was never viewed like that before, but the security industry is about having a professional career path and developing their skills.”

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