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New Security Industry Authority-linked qualifications to be launched in January 2015

A new suite of qualifications for learners hoping to become licensed security operatives is to be launched in January 2015, with the Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance assisting in their development.

The introduction of the new qualifications comes after one of the largest ever reviews into learning in the sector was launched earlier this year, when the Security Industry Authority (SIA) announced an evaluation of its specifications for learning and qualifications.

The review affects security licence-linked units, and will result in qualifications containing these units being withdrawn and replaced. Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) has been asked by the SIA to assist in the development work alongside other SIA-endorsed awarding bodies in order to create new units that will make up the qualifications.

New security qualifications are due to be launched on 1 January 2015

New security qualifications are due to be launched on 1 January 2015

The change will impact learners, personnel, security companies and facilities management organisations providing security services.

Existing qualifications will be withdrawn on 31 December 2014 to be replaced by the revised qualifications with immediate effect from 1 January 2015.

Meeting the needs of learners and employers

Jason Sprenger, HABC’s CEO, said: “This is perhaps the largest review the SIA has conducted into training since it took responsibility for the sector, and will result in the development of completely new suites of qualifications that better meet the needs of learners and employers. We actively encouraged all of our Approved Centres offering security courses to take part in the public consultation to ensure that the sector had a voice in the review, and that the resulting qualifications will be valued by security professionals.”

Jason Sprenger: CEO at HABC

Jason Sprenger: CEO at HABC

A number of new learning materials to support the units are also planned for launch in January 2015, including the ‘Working as a Door Supervisor’, ‘Working as a Security Officer’ and ‘Working as a CCTV Operator’ books and training presentations. The former have been written by Andy Walker and, in the case of the surveillance-focused document, Gordon Tyerman, both of whom are recognised experts in the security arena.

HABC is one of the UK’s leading Awarding Organisations for vocational qualifications

HABC is one of the UK’s leading Awarding Organisations for vocational qualifications

*Further information on the planned changes is available by calling 0845 226 0350. Alternatively, send an e-mail to: info@highfieldabc.com

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HABC Level 2 Award hailed as “landmark achievement” in UK event security

Showsec’s ongoing commitment towards raising standards and professionalism throughout the security sector has received a major boost with the development of an internationally-recognised qualification for Front of Stage pit barrier operations.

A Level 2 Award has been created in partnership with the Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) which is specifically designed for stewarding and security professionals wishing to operate at the Front of Stage area for live events.

While a commitment to developing and delivering specialist training courses has underpinned Showsec’s success, the move has also been driven by a strong desire to be at the forefront of progression in the sector.

That objective has been achieved with the launch of this new qualification in conjunction with HABC, a market leader in the field of security-specific training courses across the United Kingdom and a number of other countries.

Prototype testing in Holland

A prototype of the pit barrier security course was tested by Showsec’s training and development manager Roy Wise on a visit to the company’s sister organisation TSC in Holland. Following further development, it has now received HABC’s seal of approval.

The first course was recently held in Nottingham when nine members of staff successfully completed the training to gain the Level 2 Award.

“This is a landmark achievement for the industry,” commented Mark Harding, Showsec’s managing director. “Not only does this news serve the best interests of public safety and staff development, just as significantly, but it also provides further assurance to our clients that they’re the recipients of the highest standards in the industry.”

Mark Harding: managing director of Showsec

Mark Harding: managing director of Showsec

Harding continued: “This Level 2 Award adds to a portfolio of qualifications which are being generated to lift industry standards. As a company, we feel it’s important to play an influential role in helping the industry to achieve that objective.”

In conclusion, Harding stated: “This formal qualification is further recognition for the expertise of our highly-trained workforce and sets the benchmark for those who wish to work in this line of security. We’re continually looking to push the bar to new levels. This course has been developed so that it will be recognised internationally.”

Details of the award have been circulated to security professionals and will shortly be available on the HABC website.

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