Thursday, September 18, 2014
On Thursday, the security service provider Securitas officially opened its new Training Centre in Schwerin. Thus, Securitas strengthens the vocational Training market for young people and meets the growing demand for specialists in the security industry. Securitas invests in training and now – in Schwerin – it has the capacity to provide 116 apprentices with the basis for a successful career. Securitas’ apprenticeship positions have attracted interest throughout Europe.
With the opening of the Training Centre at Werkstraße 209, Schwerin, makes Securitas the largest training company – by number of apprentices – in the service industry in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Since the start of the new training year on 1st September, in Schwerin approximately 80 apprentices have been trained within three training years – 26 of these apprentices come from EU countries outside Germany such as Spain or Greece. During the official opening of the new training centre in Schwerin on Thursday, state secretary Thomas Lenz, IHK President Hans Thon, Dirk Heyden, chairman of the management board of the Schwerin Employment Centre, and Manfred Buhl, CEO Securitas Deutschland, spoke to apprentices, lecturers, managers and guests.
"The opening of the Securitas Training Centre in Schwerin is a milestone for us, and the qualification of our security specialists is an important competitive factor ", says host Buhl in Schwerin.
"Also our State Police, which collaborates closely with private security Service providers, will benefit from a good and qualified training in the security industry. The companies can by no means carry out sovereign tasks on behalf of the police – public safety and order is a state responsibility. However, the activities performed by the private security companies still represent a useful addition to the police work." said State Secretary Lenz in his welcoming speech.
Since 2003, Securitas has trained young people in Schwerin to become safety and security specialists. In parallel, the apprentices can acquire specialist certificates and use their special knowledge to advance their careers: e.g. basic fire-fighting training, linguistics, weaponry expertise, first-aid training or the basics of maritime security. The training is based on a dual system, i.e. the qualification is obtained through a combination of vocational school and on-the-job training. Apart from the classes at the vocational school, the apprentices receive further theoretical lessons at the Schwerin Training Centre. Through on-the-job-training within the group, they gain further insights at a German Securitas site, and they become familiar with various fields of activity and specializations. The successful graduates are either taken on by Securitas or continue their training at advanced schools and universities. Other graduates of the Securitas training also joined the State Police, Federal Police or customs authorities.