In 2008 the Court of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals agreed to admit Apprentices into the Company. The first Apprentice was George Bignold and the first Apprentice Master was Past Master John Purnell.

Paragraph 9 of the Company's Ordinances contains the policy on Apprentices.  These extracts are relevant:

Apprentice being welcomed


9.1. The Court may from time to time create Apprenticeships for skilled and promising young people who, it is hoped, will develop an active interest in the Company. A well-structured programme, with an enjoyable social dimension, will provide each Apprentice with an introduction to the objects and powers of the Company as well as an understanding of the history of the City of London, its Livery and its customs. An apprenticeship shall last for not less than four and not more than six years and it is anticipated that a successful Apprentice will seek Freedom by Servitude by the age of 25 years.


9.2. Apprentices will be nominated individuals between the ages of 17 and 20 years inclusive at the time of binding. Each will be bound to an appointed Apprentice Master – a Liveryman or Freeman of the Company for whom the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals is their first or 'mother' Company – who will act as their personal Sponsor throughout the apprenticeship. Apprentice Masters may take on more than one Apprentice at any one time should they wish to do so. Upon being bound an apprentice will be admitted to the membership of the Company and will be subject to the same code of conduct and disciplinary process as the rest of the Company membership (see these Ordinances section 20). 


More about the Apprentice Scheme and how to apply can be found here in the Apprentice Flyer - click on the link below to open the leaflet.  It will open the document in a new window from which you can print. 

The WCOSP Apprentice Scheme



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