Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has partnered with security consultant CAMOR to launch two work-based qualifications which offer security professionals the chance to combine work with academic study through a blended learning mode of delivery at GCU’s London campus in Spitalfields.
GCU has collaborated with security industry experts to devise the work-based programme to offer professionals a unique opportunity to gain a relevant and up-to-date qualification which is recognised worldwide.
Against a backdrop of increased risk, sector industry leaders are increasingly frustrated by the lack of industry-relevant qualifications that enable a strategic ability to anticipate and manage safety, security and crime prevention in today’s operating environment.
Rob Kennedy, training and development manager at Glasgow-based Security Industry Authority (SIA)-registered Approved Contractor SecuriGroup informed Risk Xtra: “The modern security industry is playing an ever-increasing primary role in keeping people safe. The need to professionalise the industry to match that challenge is clear. We believe that the GCU/CAMOR offer will do exactly that by integrating academic study with vocational skills. It’s very much hoped that the new pathway will raise standards and assist those looking to forge a career in the private security industry.”
Baroness Ruth Henig CBE, former chair of the SIA and current chair of SecuriGroup, and who delivered an incisive keynote speech at GCU’s industry consultation event in London, added: “These ground-breaking programmes will bridge the gap between theory and practice and provide significant progress in the further professionalisation of the security industry.”
Detail of the learning programmes
The programmes – specifically a top-up honours degree, the BSc (Hons) in Applied Integrated Security Operations*, and the CMI-accredited Applied Professional Practice (Security Operations) MBA Degree Apprenticeship*) take advantage of GCU’s established curricula and bring a range of new security industry module options which have been co-created with CAMOR, the UK-based company that specialises in niche security consultancy and training in areas such as the insider threat, counter-terrorism and aviation security.
One of the key assets that GCU seeks to leverage is its strength in providing additional industry contextualisation through the security industry programme champion and associated tools for mentorship development. These elements mark out GCU’s experience of nurturing the student-employer relationship and excellence in Degree Apprenticeship delivery, but they also ensure the establishment of a strong senior leader peer network among security experts as they progress through their MBA to emerge as Chartered Managers in the security industry.
Fiona Stewart-Knight, assistant vice-principal for business and director of the Institute for University to Business Education, observed: “Most security professionals have extraordinary experience gathered in the field. These programmes provide a unique opportunity to formalise and interpret that knowledge through academic frameworks, sector-specific strategic tools and systems, thereby enabling better planning and preparation for the management and prevention of risk in today’s operating environment.”
Paul McDonald, CEO of CAMOR, stated: “In the past year we’ve developed a very close relationship with GCU. To be recognised for the expertise that we are able to bring from the security industry in developing both courses is very exciting. We’re re delighted that our partnership with GCU has reached this milestone.”
Backing from The Security Institute
Rick Mountfield, CEO at The Security Institute, commented: “We very much welcome the development of the GCU degree programmes. The private security industry is a key contributor to community and public safety in the UK and we’re very supportive of any initiative which provides security professionals with a means to develop themselves and raise standards in the industry.”
As the ‘University for the Common Good’, GCU strives to widen access to higher education by providing opportunities for all. GCU offers a wealth of experience in work-based education to employers through its sector-leading Institute for University to Business Education.
*Subject to approval