This year’s ‘100 in 100’ was launched at IFSEC on 15th May 2013 and has already received tremendous support. The initiative aims to place 100 apprentices in the security sector in 100 days – the time between IFSEC and the Security Excellence Awards in October. ’100 in 100’ is supported by a number of key industry stakeholders, including NSI.
Since it began, the target of 100 apprenticeship placements has been exceeded and last year over 550 apprenticeships were secured – a fantastic result. So far this year 88 companies have registered their interest in recruiting 121 apprentices. This is over 50% more than at the corresponding time last year – a great response from the sector.
NSI is once again encouraging all security and fire companies to take some time to consider the rewards of taking on an apprentice and should bear in mind the following incentives:-
- Government funding for training costs.
- Additional support for SME employers in the form of grants – more information.
- More college access than ever before as well as e-learning options if you don’t have a college nearby.
- Even easier administration procedures with Skills for Security committed to taking care of all paperwork, right from sign up through to appointing the college or training provider.
- Skills for Security are also providing qualified assessors to guide and monitor progress and will draw on government funding on behalf of companies.
- The initiative covers all types of apprenticeship including Installation Engineers, Manufacturing Engineers, Locksmiths, Business Administration, Human Resources, Marketing, PR, Customer Services.
The National Apprenticeship Service research conducted in 2010 highlights the real value which can be derived from apprenticeships:
- “83% of employers rely on their Apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future”,
- “88% believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce”,
- “77% of employers believe Apprenticeships make them more competitive”
Jeff Little, NSI CEO stated “The momentum which the ‘100 in 100’ campaign has generated yet again is extraordinary and proves the genuine interest and value which the industry places on apprenticeships. I would encourage all security and fire organisations to consider the significant benefits which apprentices can bring. This is a real investment in the future”.
For more information about the 100 in 100 campaign and/or employing an apprentice, please call Skills for Security on 01905 744 000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.