Risk UK interviews Ken Livingstone MSc FSyI, managing director of Perpetuity Training, who offers an overview on the importance of the availability of a Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Security Management for security professionals. Livingstone also outlines what Perpetuity Training is doing in partnership with organisations like The Security Institute to raise standards within and across the security profession.
Risk UK: Looking at the Perpetuity Training prospectus, there appears to be a large number of accredited courses already available to security professionals who wish to enhance their skill sets. Why have you felt it necessary to introduce the Level 7 Advanced Diploma?
Ken Livingstone: Simply put, together with The Security Institute, we’re endeavouring to raise the bar. The security sector, in terms of who works within it, has undergone a significant transformation over recent years. Long gone is the situation where someone could sit on the Board of an organisation in the role of security director or hold a senior security management position just because they had spent a number of years – or held a senior rank within – the Armed Forces or the police service.
Experience is still important, of course. Indeed it’s essential, but today’s security professional understands the need to acquire accredited career-enhancing qualifications that will not only provide them with knowledge and skills which will help them become more effective in their current and future roles, but will also signify their competence to do so.
The Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Security Management has been developed as a result of direct feedback that The Security Institute has gleaned from its members which highlighted the demand for a Level 7 qualification.
Risk UK: What does the Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Security Management offer over and above other courses?
Ken Livingstone: It’s set at Master’s degree level and the fact that it’s accredited as a Level 7 Advanced Diploma signifies that it’s designed to benefit those wishing to take their professional development to the highest levels within both the security profession and The Security Institute.
Risk UK: Many of those individuals who might be at a stage of their career where this training programme and the resulting Diploma will be of value to them are likely to lead very busy lives. Is there not the danger that they’ll be deterred from participating because of a perception that the course will be very time-consuming to complete?
Ken Livingstone: That’s a good question. The Diploma is designed to be completed in nine months. However, with the busy security professional in mind, we’re delivering the training programme by distance learning. Students can therefore schedule their studies around their work and family commitments wherever they are in the world.
Risk UK: Can you offer Risk UK’s readers a little more detail around the assignments involved?
Ken Livingstone: There are three assignments and these are essentially how students will be assessed. The last of the assignments will be focused on a security management topic chosen by the student. This is an opportunity for the student to produce a high level body of work which could be of direct relevance to their job and, subsequently, of considerable value to their employer.
Risk UK: So has the course been specifically designed to allow students the flexibility to study a topic that’s of interest to them?
Ken Livingstone: Exactly. The course is based around researching security and crime issues. The first of the three modules seeks to give students new skills in relation to thinking about crime. It covers critical thinking and looks at the way in which we consider security problems and the potential solutions.
There’s always a danger in security management that we rush to implement marketplace solutions rather than looking to design out the problem.
The next two modules cover a research proposal followed by a piece of research chosen by the student. It gives them the opportunity to apply the skills they will learn on the course by solving a problem relevant to their own role or present working environment.
Risk UK: What is Perpetuity Training’s working relationship with The Security Institute?
Ken Livingstone: Perpetuity Training has been The Security Institute’s sole Development Partner for Education since 2007 and, through mutual respect, we’re always looking at ways in which to work together to raise the level of professionalism within and recognition for the security sector.
While admittedly there’s a commercial imperative, we both share a passion for supporting security professionals in their endeavours to effectively manage the risks around the threats posed by terrorism and criminal activity in all of their various forms in order to create a safer and more secure world.
About Perpetuity Training
Perpetuity Training is a leading provider of security management training in the UK. Through its renowned distance learning platform, the business provides accredited security management training worldwide.
Perpetuity Training also specialises in bespoke training for organisations wishing to provide tailored instruction for their employees in areas such as security management, security surveying, cyber security, risk, crisis and disaster management and workplace investigation and interviewing.
Through Perpetuity’s parent company, the Linx International Group, consultancy and training in security and risk management and security systems training are provided worldwide.
The Linx International Group comprises Perpetuity Training, the Linx Consultancy, ARC Training International and Tavcom Training.
About Linx International
For almost 30 years, Linx International has been providing high level security and risk management consulting to a hugely diverse range of clients across many different business sectors.
The company’s recent acquisitions of Tavcom, Perpetuity Training (in May 2012) and ARC Training International (in August 2013) means that the Linx Group of companies is now able to offer “unrivalled” specialist security systems and security management training programmes to its rapidly expanding international client base.