Training

Kings academy

by Mark Rowe

Kings Security Systems – www.kingsltd.co.uk – has launched its own Training Academy. The company aims to promote skills across the company and develop its 579 security staff across the UK.

Anthony King, pictured, managing director of Kings said: “The launch of Kings’ Training Academy puts training firmly at the core of our business and will drive our employee skills, standards and qualifications to an even higher level. The new academy further demonstrates our ongoing commitment to investing in our people and developing homegrown talent across all areas of the business, from apprentices to senior managers. We will continue to lead the security industry through our apprenticeship programmes and NVQs through to Masters degrees, with the aim of developing industry professionals and leaders for the future.”

The Bradford-based company has also created a new internal training committee to oversee the academy’s development and has engaged with a training partner, SPS Ltd, to support the company’s training needs.

A number of training initiatives are already under way:

– 22 staff are taking the 12-month Certified Security Management Professional (CSMP) Certification; a modular qualification that provides core knowledge for managing a security function. This includes the managing director, commercial director, national account managers and sales managers
– 210 security officers are working towards NVQ level 2 in Security Guarding
– 23 managers are working towards NVQ level 3 in Management
– 17 team leaders are working towards NVQ Level 2 in Team Leading
– 32 members of staff have passed their NVQ Level 2 in Business Admin, while 15 members are working towards this qualification
-120 Kings’ engineers across the UK will be working towards NVQ level 3 in Electronic security and Emergency Systems.
-13 apprentices are already being trained in the business, with further apprentices being recruited in the London area
– All employees are attending a two-day course covering first aid, customer service, manual handling, fire awareness and elements of the ISO27001 quality accreditation.

About Kings Security Systems Ltd – www.kingsltd.co.uk

Founded in 1968, Kings Security Systems is still owned by the Kings family and has roots in the north of England. Security services include retail loss prevention and commercial security systems; intruder alarms, CCTV, manned guarding, access control systems, intelligence services, data security services, fire protection, 24/7 remote monitoring and gates, barriers and fencing. Other services include electronic tagging, lone worker devices and keyholding.

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