BSIA announces additional dates for popular series of Apprenticeship Breakfast Briefings

Following the success of its initial Breakfast Briefing on the subject, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has announced two additional events which aim to help employers in the security business sector understand the forthcoming changes to the way in which security apprenticeships will be funded.

To be held in January 2017, the free-to-attend Breakfast Briefings, which are hosted in partnership with Skills for Security (the industry’s sector skills body), will discuss the Apprenticeship Levy in more detail and provide best advice on how the BSIA and Skills for Security can help employers adapt to the changes ahead.

With the Government recently confirming the details as to how apprenticeships will be funded from April next year, the BSIA’s series of Breakfast Briefings help employers in the security sector understand what’s changing and how their businesses can benefit from employing apprentices.

The dates and venues for the additional Breakfast Briefings are as follows:

*Tuesday 10 January 2017: 8.30 am to 10.30 am at The Atrium, UBM, 240 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8BF

*Thursday 19 January 2017: 8.30 am to 10.30 am at The Holiday Inn Runcorn, Wood Lane, Runcorn WA7 3HA

The first Breakfast Briefing took place at The Holiday Inn in Birmingham and was well attended by a variety of businesses. The event featured presentations from Peter Sherry (interim director general at Skills for Security), David Wilkinson (director of technical services at the BSIA) and Simon Banks (group managing director at CSL and the founder of the Apprentices for Fire and Security Programme, which has now placed more than 3,000 young apprentices into careers within the security business sector since 2011).

“It was great to see such a fantastic turnout at the inaugural Breakfast Briefing, with delegates keen to find out more about the new apprenticeship framework and how they can bring apprentices on board within their business,” enthused Simon Banks.

“Apprenticeships are a fantastic way in which to build on the skills of the younger generation and pave the way for a positive career, ultimately contributing to the overall success of a business. Therefore, it’s vital employers understand that a service industry without skilled engineers is restricting their business and the entire value chain.”

In conclusion, Banks stated: “These Breakfast Briefings provide vital information about changes to apprenticeships, how new funds can best be used and the wide array of training available to the industry.”

*To register for one of the Breakfast Briefings in 2017 go to: http://bit.ly/2gOs2Q5

**A full event programme can be downloaded here: http://www.bsia.co.uk/events

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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