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Security Industry Authority to host Skills Summit for private security industry 

by Brian Sims

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.

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