A new qualification has been launched that will help learners take their first steps in event security and provide employers with the well-trained event stewarding staff they require.
The Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) Level 2 Certificate in Event Security Operations (QCF) will afford learners an understanding of what employers need them to know in order to do the job effectively and safely, combined with knowledge of Health and Safety and customer service.
Developed by the HABC with input from the UK Crowd Management Association and the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA), the Level 2 Certificate is a knowledge-based qualification supported by elements of practical demonstration around performance.
The qualification will allow employees to work at events including festivals and shows and is supported by the SGSA, meaning that it also satisfies the minimum level of training required for stewards to work independently within a sports ground environment.
Speaking about the new qualification, Chris Sprenger – managing director at HABC – told Risk UK: “The HABC Level 2 Certificate in Event Security Operations (QCF) covers all the areas that employers have told us they require staff to know such as crowd management, Health and Safety and customer service, along with optional but vital subjects like how to use radios properly and safeguarding children and young people.”
Sprenger added: “It can also be used to go on and achieve other relevant qualifications in the sector such as the HABC Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Spectator Safety (QCF), in turn helping learners to build their portfolio of transferrable skills such that they can then contribute even more to their organisations.”
*Visit: www.highfieldabc.com/SpectatorSafety/Level2ESO.aspx for more detail on the new qualification
Focus on security and stewarding
HABC is one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations, offering over 200 qualifications covering a wide variety of industries including security, stewarding, retail, logistics, catering and hospitality.
The UK Crowd Management Association represents the interests of key commercial organisations whose primary business is providing crowd management and event security services with a particular focus on promoting the use of competent, professional and safe crowd management suppliers at events requiring crowd management skills.
The SGSA is a Government body that took over the responsibilities of the Football Licensing Authority and the critical role it played in transforming spectator safety at football grounds across the UK.
The organisation carries out a range of statutory functions in relation to football in England and Wales, as well as looking after advisory functions for other sports within the UK and, indeed, on the international stage.
The minimum level of training required for stewards to work independently within a sports ground environment is recommend by the SGSA’s Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (aka ‘The Green Guide’).