Brian Sims

Chubb launches development programme in partnership with Zitko Talent

CHUBB HAS launched an Accelerated Development Programme in partnership with Zitko Talent – the recruitment agency for the security and fire sectors – which is specifically designed to attract and train new industry entrants.

The Accelerated Development Programme will last for approximately 18 weeks, starting with alternating blocks of technical training, field experience and manufacturer-led certified product training.

Trainees will eventually emerge as certified fire and security engineers equipped with the knowledge required to work within Chubb’s installation and maintenance teams.

The Accelerated Development Programme leverages Zitko Talent’s expertise in attracting and selecting candidates. As part of the process, specialist psychometric testing is employed to identify outstanding technical and learning potential. Chubb then selects and employs trainees from the pool of individuals, with manufacturers and educators contributing around 18 weeks of technical education and certified product training, all of which is tailored to Chubb’s needs.

The Zitko Talent team administers the entire Accelerated Development Programme on behalf of Chubb, while in parallel supporting and mentoring trainees.

Next level

Andrew Collinson, operations director for electronic security at Chubb UK, explained: “We have developed our own entry-level engineers in-house. Indeed, some of our most successful people began with us this way. The Accelerated Development Programme takes this to the next level. I believe it will be a significant source of talent, giving us people who will progress with the business in the longer term.”

The Accelerated Development Programme has been designed as a gateway for those who may or may not have previous engineering experience. The key requirements are ‘aptitude and attitude’: key qualities which recruitment partner Zitko Talent will assess.

By focusing on these qualities, Chubb aims to unearth hidden talent, notably so among groups who are traditionally underrepresented in the industry.

Pathway creation

Zitko Group’s managing director George Zitko commented: “Chubb has an apprentice scheme already, but the business has recognised the value of the Zitko Talent approach. That’s all about developing people with transferable skills and giving them a pathway into the industry.”

The first intake of learners is being recruited now ready for an autumn start.

*Further information concerning the Accelerated Development Programme is available online at

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