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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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Raymond Clarke named winner of 2013 Peter Greenwood Award

Raymond Clarke – the founder of SITO, SAFE and Vocational Compass, and now CEO at IQ – has been announced as the 2013 recipient of the Peter Greenwood Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Systems Industry.

The Peter Greenwood Award is the longest established individual award in the security profession and has been in existence since Peter’s untimely death in January 1995.

In his position as chairman of the Security Industry Lead Body (SILB) Implementation Group, Peter worked tirelessly to enhance the cohesion and professionalism of the security industry as it was then.

The 2013 Peter Greenwood Award – which is sponsored by the Fire and Security Association (FSA) and bestowed by The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals (WCoSP) – was presented to Raymond by TV personality Marcus Brigstocke, FSA chairman Pat Allen and the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) president Phil Fagg at the ECA’s Gala Dinner and Awards. That event was held at the ICC in Birmingham on Saturday 22 June.

Left to Right: Marcus Brigstocke, Pat Allen (FSA chairman), Raymond Clarke and Phil Fagg (president of the ECA)

Left to Right: Marcus Brigstocke, Pat Allen (FSA chairman), Raymond Clarke and Phil Fagg (president of the ECA)

The occasion was attended by 450 of the great and good of the building services engineering, fire, security and risk management industries.

Valuable and long-lasting contribution to professionalism

Commenting on this year’s Peter Greenwood Award, Stefan Hay – head of the FSA – said: “Raymond Clarke has been a leading and well respected figure, and held senior roles within the security industry and the vocational education sector since 1988.”

Hay continued: “Originally appointed as the training manager for the British Security Industry Association, Raymond went on to create the Security Industry Training Organisation and successfully led the organisation to become one of the country’s leading National Training Organisations.”

Hay then said: “Raymond’s tireless dedication to the sector led to the development of a training and vocational learning infrastructure that ranged from the development of the first National Occupational Standards through to the development of supporting training materials, resulting qualifications, relationships with awarding bodies and regional co-operatives dedicated to the delivery of apprenticeships for the security systems industry.”

Clarke also became one of the country’s most successful bid writers for public funding to support education in the sector, securing millions of pounds for educational projects.

In conclusion, Hay explained: “Raymond has made a valuable and long lasting contribution and he is, therefore, a most worthy recipient of the Peter Greenwood Award 2013.”

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