In July 2018, we announced the launch of our newest youth engagement initiative; ‘The Next Generation in Security’. Created to inspire and attract young people to consider a career within the security industry, ‘Next Gen’ has been designed to change perceptions about the security industry and to showcase the career opportunities that exist to 13 – 17 years who are considering their career options.
Next Gen has already received extensive industry backing with over 50 businesses and organisations stepping up to offer work experience programmes and lend their support to the initiative.
Our ambitious 10-year plan to improve perceptions of the industry will seek to address the longer term issues such as the gender pay gap, improving diversity in the profession and specifically look at promoting lifelong learning, professional development and security qualifications.
We begin our roll out of the Next Gen initiative at the International Security Expo in November 2018, where a host group of 50 secondary school age children, including Volunteer Police Cadets, will receive a guided tour of the show with the aim of demonstrating all the disciplines and diversity that the security sector can offer. It will also match these children with three-day work experience placements hosted by its business partners in their local area. This will be replicated at four other trade shows in 2019; including SCTX in March and IFSEC in June.
If your organisation is interested in learning more about this initiative, please contact Rick Mounfield via email.