Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study


  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week)
  • Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level.


Apprenticeships are available to those of age 16 or over, living in England and not in full time education.

Each apprenticeship frameworks explains in detail the qualifications and training an apprentice needs to complete in order to be awarded the apprenticeship completion certificate.

Skills for Security has developed Security Apprenticeship Frameworks in the sectors below.

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Level 2 Providing Security Services

This programme is an ideal way to progress a career within the security services sector. The framework outlines possible progression routes into and from the apprenticeship, and gives an apprentice the necessary skills and knowledge to work in the industry. The framework applies to Door Supervisors, CCTV Operators, and Security Officers. Starting salaries (once qualified) in this sector are around £16,000 per year.


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Level 2 and 3 Security Systems

This apprenticeship is aimed at those who wish to learn how to install and maintain fire or security alarm systems, CCTV equipment, or access control systems, and is available at Level 2 with a progression to Level 3. Apprentices enrolled on the programme will train as security systems installation engineers, security systems maintenance engineers, or both. Starting salaries (once qualified) in this sector are around £16,000 – £20,000 per year.


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Level 2 Locksmithing

This Level 2 apprenticeship is aimed at those wishing to work within the Locksmith sector. It is designed for new entrants but can also be used by current employees to develop their skills and includes training in installation, fault diagnostics, surveying sites to collect information for the specification of hardware, security maintenance and key system design.  Salaries once fully qualified are around £20,000 per year.


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