Securitas wins TQ Training’s prestigious Employer of the Year Award for apprenticeship support

Brian Riis Nielsen: country president at Securitas

Brian Riis Nielsen: country president at Securitas

Securitas has received the prestigious Employer of the Year Award from one of the UK’s leading education and training providers. TQ Training, a national training organisation based in Northampton, chose Securitas for this honour from over 700 employers for whom it delivers qualifications by way of tailored apprenticeship programmes.

Dr Mike Motley, managing director at TQ Training, told Risk UK: “We asked our members of staff to put forward those companies whom they thought really deserved recognition for their support of our apprenticeship programme. Securitas came out on top, not only for the company’s continued support but also for the close working relationship the business has forged with our own senior executive.”

Securitas began its apprenticeship programme in 2012 with the appointment of a trainee security officer at the Centre Court Shopping Centre in Wimbledon. The company has since put more than 1,400 staff through apprenticeships or other programmes by way of TQ Training.

Securitas’ country president, Brian Riis Nielsen, enthused: “I’m absolutely delighted that the company has been recognised in this way. We strongly believe it’s our people who make a difference. Top class training and support for them is vital to ensure that we give the best possible service to our customers at all times.”

Riis Nielsen added: “Apprenticeships are a great way for companies to recruit individuals who may otherwise be struggling to find employment due to limited workplace experience. They also provide an excellent platform towards a future career as a result of the valuable training benefits on offer.”

Established back in 1996, TQ Training has worked with hundreds of employers, in turn helping tens of thousands of people back into employment or assisting those already in work to further their careers.

Recently, the company was shortlisted for the Training Provider of the Year category in The Times’ Educational Supplement Further Education Awards (the major national awards for the post-16 education and training sector). Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held on Friday 27 February.

Further accolades for Securitas

News of the Employer of the Year Award from TQ Training follows on from Securitas’ recent double triumph in recognition of a risk management model developed for one of its UK customers.

Securitas was named the winner in the Enterprise Risk Management Project of the Year category at the 2014 IFSEC Security and Fire Excellence Awards, held at the Hilton Hotel on London’s Park Lane last November. That announcement itself followed on from a victory in the Physical Guarding category at the 2014 CIR Risk Management Awards which were also held last November, this time at the Millennium Hotel, Mayfair. At the latter event, Securitas’ director of risk management, Dr Peter Speight, also picked up the award for Risk Manager of the Year.

The customer, a premier German car manufacturer, had changed security providers a number of times in a relatively short number of years. To improve that situation, Securitas believed it was necessary to review the customer’s understanding of security risk analysis and operational security management in order to realise both positive change and significant financial savings.

Dr Peter Speight: Securitas' director of risk management

Dr Peter Speight: Securitas’ director of risk management

The model was developed by Dr Speight and Peter Consterdine, recognised as one of Britain’s top consultants in the field of enterprise risk management and business continuity.

Following the completion of a strategic operations security review, Securitas developed a blueprint for evaluation, analysis and strategy development that now stands out as a “comprehensive and effective model” of enterprise risk management. The project has returned impressive results in tandem with significant annual reductions on spend.

“I’m absolutely delighted and very proud of the whole team,” said Peter Speight. “This project has extended far beyond the creation of an enterprise security risk management model. We now have detailed site incident response plans, business continuity plans and crisis management plans firmly in place, all of them fully compliant with the relevant British Standards and ISO documents.”

Speight added: “Not only has the model produced substantial savings since 2012, but it has also resulted in a competent and well-trained security force that’s capable of demonstrating its collective ability to face and manage crises while also responding effectively and efficiently to incidents of all types and size.”

The security team now works within a new ‘risk-intelligent’ environment, taking the lead when it comes to the integration of ‘whole site’ training and generating co-operation across the location (and beyond).

In conversation with Risk UK, Peter Speight concluded: “The key to success was making the project sustainable. Ongoing training and contract development plans as well as strategic reviews all now play a constant role in the relationship to ensure that this strategy develops alongside our customer’s changing risk environment.”

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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