Release date: 15th May 2012
The 100 in 100 campaign 2012 - to place 100 new apprentices in the security sector in 100 days - was launched at IFSEC on 14th May. Following the success of our first campaign last year when 184 young people were employed as apprentices by security companies, the campaign's founders and supporters are determined to equal or exceed this result in 2012.
Jeff Little, Chief Executive of the National Security Inspectorate said:
I was delighted to be asked to take part in the launch of this year's 100 in 100 campaign at IFSEC 2012. I wholeheartedly endorse this worthy initiative which sends a positive message that apprenticeships can make a valuable and long lasting contribution to organisations and society as a whole. Equipping young people with the necessary skills and a sense of self worth can only be applauded. I wish this year's 100 in 100 campaign every success.
The brain child of David Greer, Skills for Security's Chief Executive and Simon Banks, Commercial Director at CSL DualCom, it has enjoyed the full support of industry bodies the BSIA, NSI, SSAIB and official media partner UBM. It was the first industry-led 100 in 100 campaign and received praise from Skills Minister John Hayes, who said in July:
This Government is on the side of employers who invest in the skills of their people - and we're working with business to deliver the biggest and best apprenticeships programme our country has ever seen. By launching its own campaign to deliver more apprenticeships, the security sector is giving ambitious young people the opportunity to build rewarding careers in the sector, and laying a firm foundation for sustained growth.
The Government is giving additional support to employers this year in the form of a £1500 grant for small and medium businesses which take on an apprentice for the first time, or which have not employed one for the past three years. Please click here for more information.
To find out more about employing an apprentice, please click here or call Customer Services on 01905 744000.
Have a look at Brian Sims' report and video of the launch on Info4Security.
Engineers of Tomorrow As the launch took place, the first four teams of apprentices were starting on this year's Engineers of Tomorrow skills challenge in Hall 5 at IFSEC - an opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their training. The challenge runs for the four days of IFSEC and all the apprentices receive a certificate, with prizes for the winners and runners-up each day. The three teams who attain the highest points overall will attend the Security Excellence Awards in October to receive their awards.