London's Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise outlined his plan to get as many 16-25 year-olds economically active in London as part of his Mayoral Address at the inaugural Global Security Summit London.

Having been set a target to achieve a quarter of a million apprenticeships by 2016 Kit Malthouse used his speech at Olympia yesterday [11 Oct] to promote the benefits of apprenticeships to young people, businesses and London as a whole.

Calling for the security industry to get behind the Mayor's Apprenticeship Campaign and take on more apprentices, Mr Malthouse, said: "The security industry is an important player in the youth employment market, generating a range of jobs from guarding right through to management."

Discussing the early successes of the Campaign, Mr. Malthouse reported that approximately 76,000 young apprentices have received placements, seeing 900-1000 new starters every week.

He added: "I encourage people to seriously look at apprenticeships, not out of the goodness of your heart, but because it can offer a fantastic opportunity for your business."

Other speakers in the session on Business Apprenticeships including SSR Personnel Director Peter French and CSL DualCom MD Simon Banks who highlighted steps the industry is making to offer young people an attractive future.

Mike Britnell, CEO at Skills for Security concluded: "The security world offers a lifetime of interesting work for youngsters and with government funding; there has never been a better time for employers to recruit apprentices.

"Skills for Security is here, keen to match security employers with potential employees - good for youngsters, good for employers, good for society and, vitally, good for security!"

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Posted 12/10/2012 by richard.hook@pavpub.com