The Locksmith Journal May/Jun 2018 - Issue 56 - Page 16

16 • INDUSTRYNEWS PROUD SPONSORS OF THIS PAGE THIRD MILLENNIUM WELCOMES SAUL MICIULIS INTO THE TEAM AS KEY ACCOUNT MANAGER » » PETE JONES, MANAGING Director of Third Millennium, said, “Saul brings an exciting new aspect to our team with in-depth experience of both card reader technology and access control systems. His technical ability coupled with sales experience is going to provide us with a powerful resource to strengthen and improve our sales and services”. Established in 1996, Third Millennium is a multi-award- winning manufacturer of advanced access control readers, and specialises in the introduction of new technologies to the access control market. Supplying many of the world’s leading security specialists, the company’s products offer innovative style coupled with the broadest range of RFID technologies available; all from a single manufacturer. Saul commented, “With so many new developments in the pipeline I am really looking forward to working with a great team of people. We have a loyal customer base and one of my first jobs will be to ensure that they are all aware of our latest developments and are receiving the support they deserve.” ‘I am really looking forward to working with a great team of people’ NEW NATIONAL SALES MANAGER TO SPEARHEAD CALDWELL’S LOCK EXPANSION » » A SENIOR NEW appointment is helping world- leading hardware experts Caldwell significantly expand its lock portfolio. Lock sector veteran Mark Frain joins the firm as National Sales Manager. Over twenty years, Mark has worked for some of the UK’s biggest and most respected hardware companies. He will now apply that expertise to helping Caldwell spread the word about its latest innovations. “It’s a huge honour to be joining a business as long- standing and respected as Caldwell. It’s one of the biggest and most respected brands in the world for a reason – and I’m relishing the challenge of helping it branch out into less familiar areas.” Alongside its trademark spring balances and friction stays, Caldwell is now able to offer a range of window locks. The cutting-edge Sinidex Security Lock incorporates floating mushroom technology by the firm’s well-regarded subsidiary Cotswold, allowing it to offer robust security performance and excellent tolerance, even with sash drops of up to 6.5mm. The Sinidex Security Lock will eventually form part of a full casement window set, along with hinges, stays and handles, allowing customers to quickly and easily manufacture high-performance products. FMB calls for apprenticeship levy reform Apprenticeship starts decreased by more than third last year, highlighting the need to reform the apprenticeship levy system, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). » » COMMENTING ON THE Department for Education’s apprenticeship and levy statistics for November 2017, Brian Berry Chief Executive of the FMB said: “The disappointing results show a 35% drop in apprenticeship starts in November 2017. These are not finalised figures, but even allowing for a certain degree of change, this looks ‘disappointing results show a 35% drop in apprenticeship starts in November 2017’ like a clear downward turn in new apprenticeships. Unfortunately, this is not altogether surprising given the intrinsic flaws in how the apprenticeship levy works. The lack of flexibility in the value of vouchers which large employers are able to pass down the supply chain to smaller subcontractors who work for them is a key issue. LOCKSMITHJOURNAL.CO.UK | MAY/JUN 2018 Sponsored by Insafe | | “In the long term, it is imperative that we make moves to iron out the flaws in the apprentice levy. What’s more, with the UK set to leave the EU in just over a year’s time, and our access to EU workers in doubt, the next few years will bring extraordinary challenges.”