Securi-Guard Fire and Security has joined a special industry roll of honour after taking on two apprentices as part of a major national recruitment drive launched by Skills for Security.
The Plymouth-based company will train Liam Hewins, aged 18, and 17-year-old Kieran Pope, both from Plymouth, to work in its security systems division as part of a commitment to help the next generation of security industry employees.
In recognition of the two appointments, Securi-Guard is among a number of security firms nationwide who have been named in a ‘100 in 100’ Roll of Honour by Skills for Security, a not-for-profit organisation set up as a sector skills body for the private security industry.
It offers information, advice and guidance to help with training and skills development in the security sector for both apprentices and existing security personnel, who want to improve their knowledge and skills set.
Terri Jones, Director General at Skills for Security, said: “We are delighted that Securi-Guard is supporting the 100 in 100 initiative.
“Apprentices deliver real value to employers and developing the talent of the future is vital to the economic success of the sector. Congratulations to Kieran and Liam, we look forward to following their progress.”
Securi-Guard will be training Liam and Kieran as security and fire systems engineers under the auspices of Skills for Security’s training programme.
They will both work with an experienced engineer and be taught a variety of skills, including installation of systems, how to repair and maintain the systems to a high standard and ensuring compliance with health & safety regulations.
Scott Boyd, Securi-Guard’s Managing Director Fire and Security, said he was delighted to be able to support the Skills for Security ‘100 in 100’ initiative.
“This is an extremely worthwhile campaign and represents a great opportunity for us to help two young apprentices make their mark in the security industry,” said Scott.
“As a family company, we take great pride in developing our staff from within and see apprenticeship schemes such as this as a natural extension of that ethos. It is a chance to develop two individuals and equip them with the kind of skills and knowledge that will benefit them throughout their careers.”
The ‘100 in 100’ Skills for Security drive is aiming to place at least 100 new apprentices across the security sector between the major International Fire and Security Exhibition and Conference (IFSEC) held in May and the Security Excellence Awards that take place at London’s Hilton Park Hotel in October.
Fully endorsed by Skills Minister Matthew Hancock, last year’s campaign resulted in 320 new apprentices and organisers hope to top that figure in 2013. As of the beginning of August, more than 108 companies have pledged to recruit 148 apprentices.