New alliance formed for skills in UK security industry

Posted on 30 Sep 2011 by The Manufacturer

ADS and Skills for Security have announced they will partner in a campaign to boost skills for the UK security industry.

The trade association for aerospace, defence and security organisations, ADS has partnered with Skills for Security, the not-for-profit sector skills organisation. The two organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that aims to increase the availability and quality of training available to everyone who works in the industry.

This timely partnership comes as players in the defence industry race to gain competitive advantage in the emerging security market – less susceptible to the government cuts which have disrupted more traditional defence contracts.

The MoU aims to boost the long-term sustainability of the UK security sector by increasing the available skilled employee pool for the industry. ADS and Skills for Security will work together to promote relevant skills transfer and recruitment from other declining areas of industry.

Ian Godden, chairman of ADS, said:”The UK security industry’s long-term success is crucial for the country’s economic recovery. Having a sufficiently skilled workforce is a major part of the foundations that we need to put in place to ensure that success materialises.”

Outlining a strongly employer led skills development programme for the future David Greer, chief executive of Skills for Security, commented: “A high standard of training across different sectors, at both operational and management levels, is vital to ensure that the industry remains equal to the challenges ahead. The experience and knowledge of ADS members will contribute to our development of new training and qualifications.”