Linx International Group publishes results of research study into training trends

Ken Livingstone MSc FSyI

Ken Livingstone MSc FSyI

The Linx International Group – the consultancy providing security, risk management and training services – has just revealed the results of an extensive survey conducted by the company with a view to investigating the attitudes of security professionals towards training. The survey highlights a clear commitment to professional and personal development, the desire to raise industry standards and the sense that security is now becoming a serious long-term career path.

During the summer, 1,000 security professionals working across industries in the private and public sector participated in the study, with the research conducted by the Linx International Group on behalf of its group companies: the Linx International consultancy, ARC Training, the Perpetuity Academy and Tavcom Training.

The findings reveal that security professionals are taking their careers and skills development seriously, with Continuing Professional Development (76%), certification/training (71%) and personal development (64%) cited as the three main drivers for undertaking training. This attention to personal and professional progression is reflected in how training is being paid for, with just over half (51%) of all respondents paying for training themselves, while 45% of training is being funded by the organisation and the remainder funded via other means.

The survey results also highlight a widespread acknowledgement of the importance of recognised training qualifications, with 81% of respondents stating its importance to them as an individual, 68% acknowledging training’s importance to the organisation and 74% recognising the positive impact that recognised training qualifications have on their respective industries.

Ken Livingstone MSc FSyI, group training director for the Linx International Group, informed Risk UK: “There’s a clear trend towards upskilling and individuals taking responsibility for their own career development, as well as a demand from industry for better qualified, certified and accredited professionals. This is evidenced through our own support of the professional register of Certified Technical Security Professionals, with applications for registration already in the hundreds within the first month of its launch.”

Classroom-based training remains the most popular teaching method. However, e-Learning is gaining momentum with 60% of respondents having already taken part in some form of e-Learning and 70% likely to do so in the future. Respondents also expect their participation in distance learning, blended learning and training led by a virtual instructor to increase as time passes.

The focus areas in which security professionals are looking to gain more expertise include security management (63%), security consultancy (61%), counter-terrorism (55%) and crisis management (47%).

The 1,000 professionals who participated in the Linx International Group survey emanate from the UK and Ireland (49.46%), Africa (19%), mainland Europe (13%), the Middle East (8%), Asia (5%), the US and Central America (4%) and Australasia (1%).

About the Author

Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications)

Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting.

In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector.

In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute’s George van Schalkwyk Award.

An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award.

Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site.

Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media.

Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014.

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