ENSURES SCHOOL SAFETY Lockdown, the UK’s first emergency barricade device that can lock down a door in seconds in a crisis situation, is being made available to schools at a heavily reduced price from ERA, a UK-based home security specialist, as part of its new ‘Support for Schools’ campaign.

Designed to provide high performance security in the event of a threatening situation, Lockdown is ideal for schools as it is simple and easy to fit, making doors inaccessible to intruders and creating a safe hiding place for students and teachers in the event of an attack.

ERA’s Head of Marketing Tania Tams said: “We now live in a world where threatening situations in varied locations are becoming sadly more commonplace, and schools and colleges are being encouraged to plan for such emergencies. Lockdown provides the perfect solution – it is simple and easy to fit, making doors or corridors inaccessible to intruders and creating a safe hiding place for students and teachers in the event of an attack.

“However, we are also very aware of the financial constraints currently placed upon schools and with budgets for fundamental equipment like books already under strain, defence items such as Lockdown (for multiple rooms and corridors)


EMPLOYER 2019 Mitie has been recognised as a Top Employer UK 2019, becoming the only UK facilities management company to be recognised by the Top Employers Institute in 2019.

The certificate is awarded to organisations of the highest calibre that have worked hard to create, implement and progress their people strategies. Top Employers lead the way in ‘people-first’ HR practices, and Mitie has qualified amongst a prestigious list of peers.

As an independent HR certification company, the Top Employers

although important, may come further down the list. Whilst the costs associated with Lockdown are perfectly acceptable to any commercial organisation, they may appear challenging for schools.

“For this reason, and to ensure we put our children’s wellbeing ahead of profit, ERA’s ‘Support for Schools’ campaign is offering Lockdown at a special discounted price, available only to educational establishments.”

Lockdown fits in with the updated National Counter Terrorism

Institute assesses participants through its global HR Best Practices Survey which covers topics from talent acquisition to leadership development. In order to be certified, organisations must successfully achieve the required standard as set out by the Top Employers Institute.

The certificate comes as Mitie continues its cultural transformation programme. Mitie has listened to its 54,000 staff and responded directly to their needs by launching it’s ‘You Said, We Did’ campaign. Activity has included launching new company wide vision and values, developing policies which support the workforce’s needs, such as an

Security Office (NaCTSO) updated safety advice which suggests the development of dynamic lockdown procedures and the use of secondary devices for ‘invacuation’ rather than evacuation to barricade people in a room safely and keep the external threat out.

Robust and lightweight, Lockdown is available for both single and double doors, whether inward or outward swinging and fitted with or without traditional locks.

enhanced maternity package, and launching new technology to unite its diverse workforce.

David Plink, CEO of Top Employers Institute said: “We believe that the 2019 Certified organisations demonstrate exceptional employee conditions and encourage the development of these practices by putting their people first. These companies help enrich the world of work with their outstanding dedication to HR excellence and because of this, they are recognised as an employer of choice.” TOMORROW’S FM | 15

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