One of the fastest growing high-tech security systems specialists in Scotland, Cumbernauld-based VWS, has achieved national recognition for its ongoing commitment to apprenticeships and investing in young people across the company.
Networked video surveillance
VWS, which can lay claim to 31 years of experience in the field of networked CCTV, fire detection and security, has made the development, training, and promotion of young people a central plank of its five-year plan for growth and diversification.
Investors in Young People Scotland is the UK’s most successful framework for business improvement through people management, and offers an intensive evaluation and review process to companies of all sizes; providing a globally recognised accreditation.
VWS, which has 36 staff members, is committed to promoting from within wherever possible and fully half its workforce comprises either young people or managers and influencers of young people.
Business Development Director at VWS, Graham McMonigle, said: “In the past, we’ve had difficulty finding the right quality of people to hire, so we made a commitment some years ago to ‘grow our own’. We encourage work experience and apprenticeship so enthusiasm can be translated into skills.”
“We want to see the business grow in the long term and having enthusiastic, committed, and driven young people at every level is our way of not just giving back, but making sure the future looks that bit brighter.”
VWS is also engaged with New College Lanarkshire and the You Train Modern Apprentice programme
Opportunity to learn and develop
The company is supporting young people not just out in the field but also in its administration, with business apprentice, Jack McGinley being mentored in a series of related disciplines by a Senior Manager and being supported to achieve his SVQ level 2 in Business Administration.
Tom Hutchison, Contracted Lead Specialist with Investors in People Scotland, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to VWS. There’s absolutely no doubt that young people are a vital part of its business strategy, and the youngsters I spoke to all recommended VWS as an excellent place to learn and develop.”
VWS is also engaged with New College Lanarkshire and the You Train Modern Apprentice programme, giving young people multiple avenues of entry to the company.