Security apprenticeships are an important part of security training but there are many misconceptions that may be putting you off applying for one. We’re here to help lay these to rest and reveal what it’s really like to do a security apprenticeship.
Myth 1: Security apprenticeships are for those who have poor GCSE grades
False. There are many different types of security apprenticeships aimed at all levels of learning ability. So whatever your GCSE results there will be an apprenticeship that is suitable for you. A security apprenticeship is hands on so it’s equally as important that to complement your GCSE grades, you have ambition and are willing to work hard.
Myth 2: I need lots of work experience to do a security apprenticeship
False. Apprenticeships are designed to give you the opportunity to learn the skills you’ll need for your security job. They enable you to work under the supervision of certified security professionals where you can put your newly-learned skills into practice in a real-life security environment. Employers recognise this is the purpose of apprenticeships and so don’t necessarily expect you to have previous work experience.
Myth 3: I’ll be badly paid if I do a security apprenticeship
False. There is a UK apprenticeship national minimum wage of £3.50 per hour but many companies offer above this. You’ll earn a minimum of £122 per week with many Level 2 and 3 apprentices earning around £257 per week. And of course the great thing is that you’re earning a wage while gaining your qualification.
Myth 4: After I complete my security apprenticeship my employer won’t keep me on
False. If you’ve shown your employer that you’re the right person for the job then they are more likely to invest in your training and development to keep you in the company and help you get your license. In fact, most licensed security officers get their first job at the place where they did their apprenticeship and as a licensed security professional, you’ll generally receive higher pay and have access to more jobs.