A security apprenticeship is a position that requires patience, customer service, and reasoning skills – but it’s not all about manning doors and battling with crowds. The apprenticeship can give you the chance to travel to the most unexpected places, making sure that some of the country’s biggest and most famous events run smoothly and safely.
At Donington Park racetrack, the home of McKenzie Arnold Security, their level two security apprentices spoke to an audience about the skills and experiences they picked up in the role. There was no doubt that the apprenticeship had been a transitional experience for the learners.
‘When these guys first arrived, they were like dormice,’ said Tom Brinkley, Head of Education at McKenzie Arnold. ‘And now what we have are five very confident young men.’
Here, there, and everywhere
Speaking at the graduation ceremony of McKenzie Arnold’s trainees at Donington Park racetrack, the learners gave a selection of highlights that their apprenticeship had taken them on.
Notting Hill carnival was a memorable experience for the learners, who had to use all their experience, confidence, and people skills to help things run smoothly in a festival that hosts more than one million people over a weekend.
The apprentices also helped man Jouvert – a vibrant opening to the carnival in which people throw paint and flour at each other, and dance along the streets to the rhythm of steel bands. ‘The atmosphere at the carnival was amazing,’ said one of the apprentices. ‘It was a long day: we started at 4am and ended at midnight, but the music and the experience was brilliant.’
The apprentices also attended the 2015 World Superbikes Championship, and got the chance to man the pit lanes. ‘This opportunity they’ve still not let some staff do,’ said Tom Brinkley. ‘It’s unheard of, to let youngsters on a World Superbike pit lane. They’re very fortunate.’
‘The travelling is a massive highlight,’ said apprentice James Woolley. ‘You go to places you wouldn’t otherwise go to. I’d never been to London before, and then I went four times in the space of one month to help with the Rugby World Cup.’
Brinkley also revealed McKenzie Arnold’s plans to help with crowd maintenance at Westfield Shopping Centre, with future apprentices taking up positions as event stewards when West Ham United move into the Olympic stadium.
Part of a team
The whole group agreed with a quote that that they all ‘felt part of a team.’
‘I think for any 16 or 17 year old to feel part of an established team is an important facet to what we offer,’ said Tom Brinkley. ‘You’ve got people in their later years here at McKenzie Arnold as well as teenagers – and they all learn from each other. Here, you’re treated as an equal.’
‘We think of every member of staff as a coiled spring – waiting to react and be a problem solver. Our apprentices have been on the ball – looking for solutions, chatting to people, to staff, and remedying problems.’
Apprentice Nathan Turvey spoke about his plans post-apprenticeship, and how he hoped to continue gaining his security qualifications. ‘We’ve got to know everyone at McKenzie Arnold right from the bottom of the line to the top, and now we feel really comfortable in this job. I’d love to stay here to continue my training.’
If you want to find out more about the traineeships we offer at McKenzie Arnold, or you want to start your journey in security, you can contact us by calling 01332 613688, or you can send us a message here.