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Security Industry Authority “revoking licences” obtained with allegedly fraudulent qualifications

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) has started the revocation process for 129 SIA licences that are linked to alleged training and qualification malpractice.

The revocations relate to alleged training malpractice at Ashley Commerce College in Ilford, East London and qualifications allegedly obtained fraudulently from awarding body Industry Qualifications (IQ).

The licences being revoked cover Door Supervision and Public Space Surveillance (CCTV). According to the Regulator, more revocations may follow.

Employers and security buyers can check the validity of an SIA licence by using the SIA’s online Register of Licence Holders. This can be found at: www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/RoLH

Information on suspected training malpractice relating to licence-linked qualifications can be reported to the SIA at: www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/tell-us

A statement on the Regulator’s website concludes: “The responsibility for standards of training provision lies with the qualification awarding organisations and Qfqual. We will work with the awarding organisations and Ofqual to deal with training malpractice, and to address those who have gained a qualification inappropriately and used it in support of an SIA licence application.”

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IQ expands management provision through purchase of the Institute of Administrative Management

Industry Qualifications (IQ) has announced the acquisition of the name and assets of the Institute of Administrative Management (IAM).

The purchase, which was concluded on Monday 27 January 2014, has resulted in the IQ ownership of the intellectual property of IAM qualifications along with supporting learning materials, the IAM databases, the IAM name and the title to the magazine ‘Manager’.

IAM (which was originally established in 1915 and, as such, is the oldest management institute in the UK) entered liquidation in November.

Following the purchase, IQ will be able to offer 40 additional qualifications in management at Levels 4 to 7. IQ will also provide learning support materials for all of those qualifications through its sister company IQ Resources.

Management development and assessment market

“We are delighted to have concluded this purchase,” said Raymond Clarke, CEO of IQ. “The acquisition of IAM will propel IQ into a leading position in the management development and assessment market, and help provide recognised IQ assessment pathways into the Higher Education sector.”

Raymond Clarke: CEO of Industry Qualifications

Raymond Clarke: CEO of Industry Qualifications

Clarke added: “When combined with our current provision, IQ will be able to offer management programmes from Levels 2 to 6+ in subjects from team leadership to senior management and from short programmes to those with a duration of 2-3 years. The new qualifications will provide a major dimension to our international strategy.”

According to Clarke, the initial focus will be to re-establish the IAM qualifications within IQ and re-engage with those that had been studying on IAM programmes.

“It’s extremely important that we provide existing IAM students with the confidence to continue their studies,” asserted Clarke. “With over 7,000 students studying programmes leading to IAM awards, this has to be our highest priority. Once this is achieved, we will be communicating with members about the additional services that were provided by IAM that added value, and which could be retained, changed or enhanced. Of course, we’re also looking forward to celebrating the centenary of the IAM with members next year.”

IQ states that the use of the established IQ infrastructure is expected to radically reduce the cost base associated with the former IAM qualifications. When combined with the increased opportunities through the growing IQ networks in the UK and internationally, the viability of the qualifications increases and provides IQ with a significant platform for growth and brand development.

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Skills for Justice Awards and IQ to collaborate with historic agreement

Skills for Justice Awards – the specialist awarding organisation for the justice and community safety, police and law enforcement, custodial, legal, fire and armed services sectors – and mutual awarding organisation Industry Qualifications (IQ) have entered an agreement to co-operate and establish collaborative working on a wide range of issues across the justice and community safety and private security and safety sectors.

The groundbreaking agreement will result in each organisation becoming a co-ordinating quality (hub) centre of the other, offering the awards of the other that are relevant to their own sector/customer footprint.

The two organisations will also co-operate on product development, technical and IT matters as well as international issues where appropriate.

Raymond Clarke: CEO at Industry Qualifications

Raymond Clarke: CEO at Industry Qualifications

Seamless interface for qualifications

Raymond Clarke, CEO of IQ, explained: “This is an exciting development which creates a seamless interface for qualifications across both the wider justice family and areas involved with the
management and mitigation of risk, such as fire safety.”

Clarke continued: “The agreement will allow each organisation to expand the range of products available to its centres and we expect to be able to work together on the development of qualifications and learning support products where there’s a shared interest.”

Adrian Jackson, managing director at Skills For Justice Awards, said: “Both ourselves and IQ are fully committed to providing sector-specific qualifications of the highest quality. The relationship is a comfortable fit. The agreement ensures that each organisation can harness its own specialist expertise for the benefit of the relationship and our customers.”

The two organisations have already begun to work on responding to a number of international opportunities, and have established the detailed mechanisms for the operation of quality hub centre
arrangements.

Skills for Justice Awards will also adopt IQ Functional Skills within the coming months.

Requests for further information

Further information is available by contacting Raymond Clarke at IQ on tel: 01952 457452 or Adrian Jackson at Skills for Justice Awards on (tel) 0114-231 7397.

Industry Qualifications (IQ) provides a new approach to the operation of an awarding organisation and is approved by UK qualifications regulators (including Ofqual).

It’s a mutual awarding organisation that is owned by its members working across a range of economic sectors. IQ values partnership and enjoys a world class reputation for the integrity of its assessment, governance and relationship with stakeholders.

Skills for Justice Awards is part of the Skills for Justice Group. For the last decade, the organisation has been working with employers, Governments of the UK and agencies within the skills system to better equip workforces with the right skills for the present and the future.

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