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

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.

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 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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