Security Industry Authority to host Skills Summit for private security industry 

On Thursday 12 March, the Security Industry Authority (SIA) is hosting a Skills Summit covering how the future skills needs of the industry can be met. This one-day event is targeted at security professionals, learning and development specialists and experts in education and training. Key SIA staff will be joining the discussion.

The purpose of the Skills Summit is to outline a vision of how the industry could address the skills agenda in the private security industry. The format of the day will be a mix of workshops, structured discussions and presentations which will focus on deriving solutions to defined problems.

Private security industry skills experts are among the presenters and members of panel discussions. They include Professor Martin Gill CSyP, director of Perpetuity Research, and The Security Institute’s CEO Rick Mounfield.

The Skills Summit will address:

*how the SIA, its partners and the industry are taking a strategic approach towards skills development

*how the SIA and industry can work together with expert partners to deliver sustainable qualification pathways that are recognised industry-wide

*how to develop commonly-recognised learning and development structures including Continuing Professional Development (CPD), apprenticeships and other learning frameworks

*how defined career pathways for security professionals can help to make the private security industry a career of choice

Addressing future skills requirements

Steve McCormick, the SIA’s director of operations and standards and the host for the event, said: “We want the whole sector to come together and address the future skills requirements for the private security industry so that we can identify sustainable solutions together. We’re delighted to have speakers of the calibre of Professor Martin Gill and Rick Mounfield. We will release the names of other presenters over the next month.”

McCormick added: “I believe this to be a significant opportunity for the industry, the SIA, education and training professionals to work together to establish the foundations for higher standards and increased professionalism in the industry for the future.”

One particular desired outcome of the Skills Summit is to identify individuals who are able to represent and/or engage more closely in driving skills industry-wide.

As part of its strategy to address future skills needs in the industry, the SIA will work with the industry to establish a Strategic Standards Group and a Skills Board.

The Skills Summit will take place at Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ. Places are limited so booking a ticket is essential. There’s a limit of two people per organisation. Interested security and training professionals can register here.

The Skills Summit is part of the Skills and Qualifications Review that was announced in September 2018.

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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