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Skills for Security to take prominent role in IFSEC 2008

Skills For Security : 10 April, 2008  (Special Report)
With a series of not-to-miss seminars, the popular Apprenticeship Challenge and a conference covering a wide area of topics, Skills for Security will be taking a significant position in Europe's largest security exhibition.
Skills for Security, the industry's skills and standard setting body, will have a prominent role at IFSEC this year. The security and fire exhibition and conference is again being staged at the NEC in Birmingham, between 12th and 15th May, where Skills for Security will be involved in the Apprenticeship Challenge, the main IFSEC conference, the seminar programme and its own schedule of presentations.

Emma Carter, Skills for Security's Marketing Manager, explains "IFSEC is a hugely popular event, but there is a tendency to think of it as simply an exhibition when, in fact, it also hosts some extremely interesting and thought provoking lectures and debates. The exchange of information and ideas is an important feature of education and so we have decided to concentrate our participation in the event in the conference and seminar arena, as well as maintaining our traditional support of the Apprenticeship Challenge"

The Apprenticeship Challenge, sponsored by Skills for Security and others, is an annual event in which apprentices from the security systems companies compete with one another to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in installing, commissioning and tracing faults in electronic security equipment, under the gaze of eagle-eyed judges and critical conference-goers.

The conference programme has been extended this year and delegates will have the opportunity to visit a range of presentations throughout the day from Monday to Wednesday in the seminar area in Suites 21 and 22 between Halls 8 and 9. Subjects under discussion have been grouped into morning and afternoon modules, with a number of expert speakers contributing to each module. With titles including The Global Terrorist Threat, Internal Security, Venue Security, Deploying Technology and Securing Public Sector Buildings the conference programme has something of interest for every delegate.

Any conference is only as good as its speakers, and Skills for Security has played a significant role in lining up some impressive experts to share their thoughts with delegates this year. Police contributors include senior officers from Counter Terrorist Command, British Transport Police and City of London Police, while those from the private sector include security chiefs from the Old Bailey, JP Morgan, Huntingdon Life Sciences, the Post Office, National Trust, IBM, BP and the Millennium Stadium. These and others will be outlining their experience, opinions and solutions in relation to the threats and challenges facing today's security professionals.

During the lunchtime break between the morning and afternoon presentations the conference area will be used to stage live debates on corporate responsibility, diversity and the surveillance society: more thought provoking opinions that, hopefully, won't result in widespread indigestion!

In addition to the high level topics being discussed as part of the main conference programme, Skills for Security will be delivering some informative presentations at its own meeting room, located at plot 686 just inside the main entrance to Hall 7. The subjects covered will include apprenticeships, National Occupational Standards, Supervision, NVQs, Funded training programmes and a general update explaining what the skills body has been and continues to do on behalf of the whole security sector. These sessions will be held as follows:-

Monday 12th:.

- 11:15 What is Skills for Security doing for the industry?
- 12:30 Getting help with training costs.
- 14:30 Apprenticeships: are they out of date?

Tuesday 13th:.

- 12:30 NVQs: are they still relevant?
- 14:30 National Occupational Standards - a free resource.

Wednesday 14th:.

- 11:15 Skills development for security staff.
- 14:30 Are good supervisors born or made?

No reservation is required and seating will be on a first come, first served basis at the Skills for Security meeting room close to the main entrance to Hall 7.

While the main conference programme concentrates on strategic thinking, the IFSEC organisers have also arranged a number of seminars that will showcase practical solutions and new products for security managers and buyers to consider for inclusion in their security planning. Skills for Security has also engaged in this forum and will be explaining the work they have been doing on behalf of the industry, new developments in the training arena and the value of apprenticeships to employers.

The skills body will be present at IFSEC throughout the week, with staff available to answer questions and discuss issues around training, qualifications, funding and occupational standards. For a general chat just drop in to the Skills for Security meeting room near the main entrance to Hall 7. Anyone wishing to discuss a specific issue should contact the marketing department at Security House, who will make an appointment for you to meet the relevant member of staff
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