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Skills for Security Limited

Women in security: changing pathways, changing perceptions

Keywords: Apprenticeships, Employers, Security careers, Sex, Traineeships

Region: West Midlands region


Research by Business in the Community in 2010 on the make-up of the security industry reported that the lack of female role models and mentors along with an unconscious bias towards men, contribute to an industry that is 92 per cent male.

This project aimed to encourage more women to consider security as a career and its entry routes via FE.

By engaging with both girls and women as potential entrants to the sector as well as teachers and employers, the project aimed to identify the barriers to entry for women into the security sector and work with key institutions to develop a network of female mentors, provide guidance on recruitment to employers and provide engagement with local schools and the community.


The project established valuable relationships with schools, careers advisors, employers and mentors.

Survey results show a rise in female students interested in finding out about careers in the industry.  Teachers and careers advisors have requested career pathway leaflets highlighting the security career prospects.

The security industry has approached Skills for Security looking to progress projects to attract and include women.

Industry media identified role models for case studies, promoted the initiative and pledged continued support.

The Security Industry Authority is also trying to establish why women have a higher attrition rate for relicensing than men and in future SfS and the SIA will collaborate on findings.


Case studies

Survey questions


Project team

Main contact: Richard Moore: