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Magenta Security Services urges support for Regulator’s ‘next generation’ licence qualifications

by Brian Sims
Abbey Petkar

Abbey Petkar

Magenta Security Services believes it’s vital that the industry engages with the Security Industry Authority (SIA) to develop the ‘next generation’ of licence qualifications. This follows on from the launch of a month-long consultation process by the SIA which began on Wednesday 26 September.

The consultation hopes to re-establish a suitable framework and potential new content for the licence qualifications of the future. The SIA has invited the private security industry to share its views, at the same time deeming industry participation in the process ‘essential’ for guaranteeing the new specifications are fit-for-purpose.

Abbey Petkar, managing director at Magenta Security Services and long-standing SIA licence advocate, has strongly welcomed this industry-wide opportunity to contribute. Petkar informed Risk Xtra: “It’s vital that everyone from industry leaders to newcomers offers their experiences and views to the SIA during its review process. As an advocate for mandatory, industry-wide licensing, I naturally believe in the need for an effective and valid licensing process. This consultation is the perfect way to make sure the licence-linked qualifications, which many personnel work so hard to attain, remain relevant via the provision of input from both individuals and businesses in our sector.”

Petkar has been a prominent driving force behind countless industry reforms, most recently endorsing the perceived need for an overhaul of the Regulator’s current Approved Contractor Scheme regime.

When the latest consultation is concluded, the SIA will provide select industry groups with the opportunity to analyse, review and amend its initial specifications, which will then be put to the public for further comment.

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