Skills for Security rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted team following 2016 inspection

Terri Jones: director general at Skills for Security

Terri Jones: director general at Skills for Security

The Ofsted Inspection Team visited Skills for Security between 26 and 29 January 2016, bestowing upon the organisation a rating of ‘Good’. Indeed, Skills only marginally missed out on an ‘Outstanding’ rating in all four categories encompassing leadership and management, quality of teaching, personal development and outcomes for learners.

The new ‘Good’ rating is a direct result of the “continuing and tireless work” of the whole Skills for Security team at Kirkham House in Worcester and all of those involved with the Training Centre (more of which anon), apprentices and employers.

Skills for Security is said to be “proud and delighted” with the very positive comments it received, and recognition of how its standards of teaching and learning have risen over the last couple of years.

Highlights in the report include the following comments:

*Staff [at Skills for Security] are motivated and enthusiastic, have high expectations of apprentices and use a wide range of teaching and learning methods that engage apprentices

*Assessors and tutors are well qualified and have up-to-date and relevant experience within the industry

*Apprentices receive specific vocational advice and support

*Apprentices very much enjoy their learning, achieve well and are keen to make good progress

*Staff provide apprentices with good opportunities to expand their vocational skills and knowledge alongside their apprenticeship

Finals of national training awards

Skills for Security has also reached the finals of the Apprenticeships 4 England Training Provider of the Year Awards 2016.

The Apprenticeships 4 England Training Provider Apprenticeships Awards recognise outstanding examples of Best Practice, innovation and excellence in apprenticeship delivery within England, and Skills for Security is “delighted” to have been shortlisted.

Since opening its state-of-the-art Training Centre in Birmingham in September 2014, Skills for Security has seen great success in delivering a range of courses to an ever-greater number of learners and, importantly, is now achieving above the average in terms of national success rates.

The business works in tandem with employers to improve skills in the security industry and develop standards as well as industry-led qualifications.

Skills for Security delivers apprenticeships to meet specific business needs including security systems, the provision of security services, locksmithing and customer services as well as range of short courses.

In 2015, Skills for Security apprentices achieved a 100% pass rate in Level 2 Electronic Principles, a 100% pass rate for Level 2 Working Safely and a 94% pass rate for Level 2 Intruder and Fire.

The winners of the Apprenticeships 4 England Awards will be announced on Thursday 25 February.

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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