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Apprenticeships at SECOM

Building a strong, dedicated workforce starts from the bottom up. That’s why we’re incredibly proud to offer a state-of-the-art apprenticeship programme taking young, bright and talented individuals and giving them the chance they deserve.

Creating the workforce of the future

Building a strong, dedicated workforce starts from the bottom up. That’s why we’re incredibly proud to offer a state-of-the-art apprenticeship programme taking young, bright and talented individuals and giving them the chance they deserve. We believe that the best training is obtained on the job, so we look to ensure you’re always in the thick of it and given every opportunity to shine. Our friendly staff will be on-hand to support you throughout your training, offering guidance and providing opportunities for growth along the way, so you’ll get the most out of every experience.

We are one of only three security companies in the UK offering OFSTED approved apprenticeships

We offer:

  • A structured training program over 3 years to provide you with the skills, knowledge and behaviours expected of our Secom engineers.
  • Ongoing progress assessments and guidance support/reviews, to meet the criteria standards and the On-the-job training and development.
  • A support network of technical and experienced engineers, who mentor your development and support your learning, assessment and continual progress.
  • A quality assessment of your learning program and skills knowledge and behaviours as a Fire and Security engineer.

Continued development

We never want our staff to stop growing, which is why apprenticeship courses are also open to current colleagues. Through our National Training and Development Centre Academy, we want to offer staff the chance to up-skill and develop their talents in a supportive, educational environment.

Committed to enhancing the safety of your business and customers

The future of retail security and loss prevention was here way before Project Pegasus

SECOM PLC, a prominent name in the security industry and part of the SECOM Group, which is one of the world’s leading electronic security companies, proudly asserts its position as a leading Security Services Company, standing at the forefront of cutting-edge technology and innovative solutions. While industry, government, retailer and police conversations centre around Project Pegasus, SECOM PLC has not only explored but implemented a significantly more comprehensive and in-depth security solution tailored for retailers. Our loss prevention solutions along with AI led technology CCTV integrated solutions have been delivering proven results for years.

With a deep-rooted commitment to enhancing the safety of businesses, SECOM PLC leverages state-of-the-art technology, surpassing the conventional realms of CCTV surveillance. Through the integration of facial recognition software and AI-led technology, SECOM PLC can provide retailers with unparalleled insights into their security landscape.

“Our services transcend the ordinary. We don’t just stop at surveillance; we delve deeper into the intricacies of criminal activities using the latest technologies,empowering our clients with actionable intelligence,” said Kevin Llewellyn, Head of National Accounts at SECOM PLC.

SECOM PLC’s advanced systems have proven to be remarkably effective. In the last month alone, our technology identified nearly 70% of theft incidents as the work of repeat offenders on one of our customer’s estates. This proactive identification not only prevents crimes but also facilitates the swift response of law enforcement agencies.

Recent Success Stories Speak Volumes

  • Leading high street convenience store: SECOM PLC successfully identified over 1800 repeat offenders, leading to custodial sentences exceeding 50 years. All evidence, including detailed evidence packs, MG11s, and video evidence, were delivered and accepted by approximately 30 police forces, securely stored and delivered from the cloud.

  • National Health Store Retailer: SECOM PLC provides nationwide intelligence services, tracking repeat offenders and exposing intricate criminal networks. Recent reports highlighted gang-affiliated repeat offenders operating across multiple cities, enabling retailers to proactively address potential threats.

  • National Pub/Restaurant Company: SECOM PLC’s tenacious intelligence team worked with our customer to provide a successful outcome in  81% of the 78 reported incidents since January 2022. The team’s dedication led to successful investigations, arrests, and charges against suspects. These efforts also resulted in enhanced relationships with local police, reinforcing security measures and fostering safer environments.

A representative of the National Pub/Restaurant Company, praised SECOM PLC’s work, stating, “The great success of the work achieved by SECOM has put our pubs in a much better position, often with closer relationships developed with the local police and better lines of communication now in place.”

Curious on what SECOM can offer you?

At SECOM PLC, we understand the pressing concerns faced by retailers, and we are dedicated to providing precise and detailed answers to your questions. Curious about your most prolific offenders? Our reports come complete with comprehensive details and high-resolution photos of all offenders, making it easy to identify and track repeat offenders across your establishments. Concerned about cross-offending across different stores on your estate? Our specialised reports highlight repeat offenders who are active across your stores nationwide, offering valuable insights for targeted security measures.

Wondering about the times and locations of offences? We provide real-time information, ensuring you know precisely when and where incidents occur, enabling you to adjust staff presence as needed. Interested in the key items being targeted for theft? We analyse trends to identify high-risk items. Moreover, we assess the extent of their responsibility for your overall theft problem and outline the potential impact if they were not offending. With SECOM PLC, you receive comprehensive, actionable intelligence tailored to your security needs, empowering you to make informed decisions and enhance your overall security strategies

In a world where security is paramount, SECOM PLC continues to lead the charge in providing unparalleled protection. Retailers and banks can now benefit from SECOM PLC’s thorough, in-depth solutions, ensuring real success stories and safer environments.

For enquiries, please contact:

Lauren Michael, Head of Marketing, SECOM PLC lauren.michael@secom.plc.uk

About SECOM PLC

SECOM PLC is a leading Security Services Company, a proud member of the global SECOM network. With a commitment to innovation and excellence, SECOM PLC provides advanced security solutions to retailers and banks, ensuring unparalleled safety and peace of mind.

Type 2 diabetes: Common causes, symptoms and treatments

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic medical condition that affects your body’s ability to turn food into energy. The number of people diagnosed with the condition has been on the rise since the early 1980s, and according to reports by Diabetes UK is expected to hit 5.3 million by 2025.

We know how much type 2 diabetes affects the lives of older people – almost half of all diagnoses are in the over-65. So this blog explores the most common causes, symptoms and treatments.

What causes type 2 diabetes?

Insulin is a special hormone made in your pancreas that is essential for healthy living. It controls how and where your body stores fat and, more importantly, allows glucose to enter and fuel cells.

In people with type 2 diabetes, the insulin in their body doesn’t work properly, causing levels of glucose in their bloodstream to increase. This can damage their heart, feet and eyes, and over time lead to more serious complications.

It is difficult to determine the precise cause of type 2 diabetes. However, a number of factors can increase your chances of developing the condition.

Obesity

Of all the risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes, obesity is perhaps the most widespread. Estimates suggest 28% of adults in England are obese and a further 36% are overweight.

People who carry fat around their midriff are particularly susceptible to developing type 2 diabetes. This is because fat deposits around the pancreas can make it harder for insulin to reach other parts of the body.

Family history

The next most significant risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes is your genes. According to the global community diabetes.co.uk, your chances of getting type 2 diabetes increases by 15% if one of your parents has the condition and 75% if both do.

Your ethnicity plays a factor too. A study in 2012 showed that, compared to just 20% of European people, up to half of all South Asian, Black African and African-Caribbean people in the UK will develop Type 2 diabetes by the age of 80.

Age

Type 2 diabetes is the most common metabolic condition in older people. Those in later life are more likely to develop the condition because their bodies produce less insulin and their resistance to the hormone increases.

What are the symptoms of type 2 diabetes?

The signs and symptoms of diabetes are quite well known among the general population. But because the symptoms of type 2 diabetes can be mild or develop slowly, it’s not uncommon for people to live with the condition for a long time before speaking to their doctor. Here are some of the most common warning signs of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

Urinating more often

When you have type 2 diabetes, your body is unable to use up the glucose you extract from your food so your body tries to flush out excess sugars via your urine.

Increased thirst

As your body tries to stabilise your blood sugar levels by making you urinate more often, your body can become dehydrated, making you feel more thirsty.

Genital itching or thrush

When your body flushes out excess glucose via your urine, the increase in sugars in your urinary tract can create an environment for microbes, leading to fungal infections like thrush.

Tiredness

Insulin resistance or a lack of insulin prevents the glucose in your bloodstream from getting into your cells. This means your cells can’t get the energy they need, making you feel tired.

Losing weight

Because your cells can’t get the energy they need from the glucose in your blood, your body may start to break down your fat stores to fuel cells.

Slow healing wounds

Cuts and wounds may take longer to heal because the high levels of sugar in your blood prevent nutrients and oxygen from reaching your wounds.

Blurred vision

If your diabetes goes undiagnosed for a long time, glucose can build up behind the lens at the front of the eye, causing the fluid in the eyeball to become cloudy.

What can people with diabetes do to treat their condition?

Many people living with type 2 diabetes find they can control their condition by making long-term, sustained changes to their diet and exercise. However, most diabetics will need medication eventually.

Diet

Today, the advice for people with types 2 diabetes isn’t to cut out sugar altogether. Instead, healthcare professionals recommend diabetics make healthier food choices and reduce the number of treats they eat on a regular basis.

Physical activity

Being more physically active is important if you have type 2 diabetes as it can help you lose weight. If you are overweight, losing a few extra pounds can reduce your blood sugar levels and even put your diabetes into remission.

Medications

There are a number of diabetes treatments available on the NHS. If you have had type 2 diabetes for a long time or changes in your lifestyle don’t improve your condition, your GP may recommend you take tablets or inject insulin.