Academy opening

by Mark Rowe

Our March 2015 print issue featured Simon Banks, NSI director as a speaker at the ST15 Nottingham event. He gave an update on the 100 in 100 Apprenticeships scheme, aiming to bring young talent into the sector.

A company that Simon Banks singled out was Kings. The company has opened an academy where they will train their own apprentices at their Bradford head offices. Kings have taken on 60 apprentices and the latest intake of 19 was selected from more than 1000 initial applications.

Anthony King, Managing Director of Kings Security said: “We were finding it increasingly difficult to find engineers to support the growth of Kings. The idea behind the Academy is to create a future pipeline of talent for our business. The apprentices we are training now will become highly skilled, modern engineers and potential future leaders of the business.”

The academy was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Bradford after a welcome from Anthony King, and Commercial Director, Steve Evans. Training Manager Jolene Taylor presented an overview of the academy and the progress made during the last year. All of the Kings Apprentices have been part of the industry wide 100 in 100 programme.

Pictured at Kings left to right are Simon Banks; Mike Gibbons, Lord Mayor of Bradford; and Anthony King.

Founder of the initiative and CSL DualCom’s Group Managing Director, Simon Banks, said: “Since the launch of 100 in 100 Apprenticeships three years ago we have successfully placed over 2,000 apprentices into the Security Industry. Well done to Kings for their outstanding commitment to apprentices and securing their workforce for the future.”

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