New Skills for Security Training Centre brings apprenticeships to the North West

Peter Sherry

Peter Sherry

The private security sector’s skills body, Skills for Security, has opened a new Training Centre in Cheshire, bringing its security apprenticeships to the North West for the first time. The location provides training on Skills for Security’s apprenticeships, as well as bespoke and specialist courses for the security business sector.

“The key trade apprenticeship for the security industry is the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems apprenticeship,” explained Skills for Security’s CEO Peter Sherry. “However, we’re also keen to encourage security firms to boost their skills in other areas so they can deliver a great experience across the board. For this reason, our new Knutsford Training Centre also delivers apprenticeships in team leadership and customer services, in turn helping security organisations raise their people’s skills levels throughout the organisation and not just at the point of service delivery.”

An important part of Skills for Security’s role is to encourage people to forge a career in the security sector. “The UK’s security sector is worth around £6 billion,” continued Sherry, “and employs over half a million people. It’s a sector with well above average growth – around 17% last year, in fact. It’s a brilliant industry in which to start a new career and we’re here to help.”

The new Training Centre, which boasts state-of-the-art facilities, is now up-and-running and already providing training to new apprentices.

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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