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January 17, 2020

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SIA to host Skills Summit

On Thursday 12th March 2020, the Security Industry Authority (SIA) is hosting a Skills Summit. The event is targeted at security professionals, learning and development specialists and experts in education in training. Key SIA staff will join the discussion, with the Summit designed to cover how the future skills needs of the industry can be met.

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 day will include workshops, structured discussions and presentation with a focus on finding solutions to defined problems. Private security industry skills experts are among the presenters and members of panel discussions. They include Professor Martin Gill, Researcher and Director of Perpetuity Research, and Rick Mounfield, Chief Executive of the Security Institute.

The summit will address:

  • How the SIA, partners, and the industry are taking a strategic approach to skills
  • How the SIA and industry can work with expert partners to deliver sustainable qualification pathways that are recognised industry-wide
  • How to develop commonly-recognised learning and development structures, including continuous professional development (CPD), apprenticeships, and other learning frameworks
  • How defined career pathways for security professionals can help make the private security industry a career of choice

Steve McCormick, the SIA’s Director of Operations and Standards, who is hosting the event, commented: “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 are 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.

“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 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 Summit will take place at Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ. Places are limited, therefore booking a ticket is essential and there is a limit of two people per organisation. Interested security and training professionals can register their place here. More details including a full agenda will follow. 

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