SIA launches new consultation exercise focused on licence-linked qualifications
The Security Industry Authority (SIA) has just launched a new consultation to help determine the content of the next generation of compulsory qualifications for licensed operatives in the private security industry. This new consultation will run for four weeks until Monday 11 February.
Following an initial consultation last year, the Regulator for the private security industry has been working closely with expert Working Groups to inform the content of these draft specifications. These panels were made up of private security industry representatives and subject matter experts. The new draft specifications include their suggestions, as well as the findings unearthed from extensive research conducted last October in order to understand the current and future skills needs of the private security industry in the UK.
The development of these specifications is a key milestone in the SIA’s Private Security Skills and Qualifications Review. This new consultation is an essential element. In addition to requests for comment on the specifications, the Regulator is also seeking views on the following important areas:
*Is the proposed content fit for purpose?
*Does the new content represent an unreasonable burden on individuals and businesses seeking to enter the industry
*Should the additional content relating to the door supervisor role be included in the close protection specification to facilitate the current licence integration arrangement? Or should licence integration end such that close protection licence holders can only work in close protection roles?
*Should there be compulsory physical intervention training for the security officer and close protection roles
Fit for purpose qualifications
Tony Holyland, head of quality and standards at the SIA, commented: “We’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that the next generation of qualifications are fit for purpose. This is the latest stage in a robust development and consultation process. The initial consultation attracted more than 840 responses, while this brand new consultation will be equally meaningful. This is the last chance for the public to have its say and help us to make sure the specifications are right. We all now have an opportunity to shape the future of the licence-linked qualifications and ensure they’re relevant for the security industry in the years ahead.”
Holyland added: “As always, it’s essential that as many people as possible give their views on this new consultation. Employers and prospective operatives spend a considerable sum of money each year on these qualifications, and they need to be fit for purpose. The SIA can only achieve this with the help of the private security industry.”
This new consultation is structured around the SIA’s six licensable sectors that require a qualification. These are backed by nine sets of skills specifications which are included in the consultation.
The SIA’s licensable sectors that require qualifications are Cash and Valuables in Transit, Close Protection, Door Supervision, Public Space Surveillance (CCTV), Security Guarding and Vehicle Immobilisation.
Once the consultation closes, all feedback will then be reviewed to develop the final versions of the specifications. These final versions will appear on the SIA’s website by the early Autumn. The specifications will then be used by the awarding organisations to develop the licence-linked qualifications.