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

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

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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