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Expert advice for employers on new apprenticeship framework offered by BSIA and Skills for Security

by Brian Sims

A series of informative, free-to-attend breakfast briefings are set to provide vital information to employers in the security and fire sectors ahead of important changes to the way in which apprenticeships are funded in England and Wales.

The first briefing will take place in Birmingham in December and is jointly hosted by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), the trade body representing the UK’s private security industry, and Skills for Security (the industry’s sector skills body).

The date and venue for the first briefing is as follows:

*Wednesday 7 December between 8.00 am-10.00 am at The Holiday Inn, Birmingham (M6, Junction 7), Chapel Lane, Great Barr, Birmingham B43 7BG

Two further briefings are planned for early January 2017, in London and the North of England respectively.

Peter Sherry, interim director general at Skills for Security, explained to Risk UK: “At the end of 2016, the Government’s funding framework for apprenticeships is due to change, with the introduction of a new ‘Trailblazer’ operating model and the Apprenticeship Levy. Given that many employers within the security and fire sectors are set to be affected by these changes, the BSIA and Skills for Security wanted to provide valuable advice to help them understand how these changes will affect their business.”

Alongside Peter Sherry, speakers at the December gathering include David Wilkinson (director of technical services at the BSIA) and Simon Banks (group managing director at CSL and founder of the Apprentices for Fire and Security programme, which has successfully placed more than 3,000 young apprentices into careers since launch in 2011).

Topics under discussion include an introduction to the Apprenticeship Levy, an explanation of what’s changing, how the BSIA and Skills for Security can help employers adapt to these changes and insight into the value of apprenticeships and the benefits for business.

Delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions and seek advice from members of the expert panel on issues specifically relevant to their business.

*Registration to attend the event is free of charge, and can be completed online

**Full programme details may be downloaded from the BSIA’s website

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