Wednesday night saw six trainees complete Babington’s new security traineeship programme. Held at Donington Park, it was delivered by leading UK security provider McKenzie Arnold.
Trainees were awarded certificates and McKenzie Arnold t-shirts for their achievement, while parents enjoyed a presentation about the programme from Managing Director Martin Jackson.
A great achievement
The challenging traineeship required serious motivation, involving standing out in the rain for hours on end on some occasions. Learners were even taught how to properly iron shirts and hang coats, as a high standard of personal appearance is essential in security roles.
Trainees were granted access to the pitlane during events, which some Donington marshals with more than six years’ experience have not yet been allowed. Young learners were placed at the centre of the action, showered in champagne from the podium at some of the park’s high profile events.
One of the programme completers, Nathan Turvey, said the traineeship was more mentally than physically challenging. He explained that the toughest part was “the concentration you had to put into it to remember where things are, and to not get something wrong.” Nathan has found the programme to be a refreshing change from his previous experience. “I’d done a lot of jobs before, but never anything like this,” he told us. “I thought I’d try it out, and I did, and I greatly enjoyed it.” He is now looking to carry on to the apprenticeship with McKenzie Arnold, and wants to pursue a career in security.
Parents at the presentation were extremely proud, having noticed vast improvements in trainees. Ray Woolley said of his son James, “He was stuck in a rut, and really didn’t know what to do. Since starting the traineeship, he’s really come out of himself.”
Martin Jackson sang the trainees’ praises, saying that, “our training is only 50 per cent of the programme; the other half is the dedication of the trainees.” He explained during his presentation that, to begin with, he was nervous about being represented by a group of young people with no previous experience at one of the UK’s most popular motorsports venues. Soon into the programme, however, his fears were allayed, as trainees proved to be highly responsible.
A bright future
Trainees are now presented with exciting career prospects. Martin explained that if they continue along the security career path, gaining qualifications along the way, they could be rewarded with an impressive salary. Completion of an NVQ level 4 opens the door to roles such as Safety Officer at a football ground, which can bring in an annual salary of between £60,000 and £70,000. Security professionals with the SIA Close Protection License can work around the world, often earning around £250 per day.
Trainees could look forward to working closely with big names in the future, and Martin told anecdotes at the presentation of being asked to sign autographs while protecting huge stars, including Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan.
McKenzie Arnold plans to offer security apprenticeships that give trainees the chance to progress onto NVQ levels 2 and 3 in Spectator Safety. They would also be able to achieve their SIA Door Supervisor License, and eventually the Close Protection License that is the key to taking on high responsibility roles anywhere in the world.