In July 2018, The Security Institute and Ward Security announced the launch of their 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 youngsters aged 13 to 17 years old, 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.
The 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.
The first roll-out of the Next Gen initiative took place at the International Security Expo in November 2018, where a host group of 30 Volunteer Police Cadets received a guided tour of the show with the aim of demonstrating all the disciplines and diversity that the security sector can offer. They also received addresses from Rick Mounfield CSyP FSyI, Paul Barnard MSyI and Lord Admiral West of Spithead. Read more about the day in our press release HERE.
This will be replicated at other large 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.