Securitas, Skills for Security partner

by Mark Rowe

Employees of Securitas UK’s Electronic Security (ES) and Security Solutions divisions have been given priority access to a set of newly developed security system design courses, thanks to a partnership with the security training provider, Skills for Security.

Delivered through a customised virtual training portal, Securitas employees of all levels of experience are learning the latest British and European Standards for the design of electronic security systems, including video surveillance, intruder detection, fire detection and access control.

Skills for Security as a wholly owned subsidiary of the trade body the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is a UK provider in the delivery of fire and security training. In the last two years, Skills for Security has invested in its infrastructure and staffing and has some 250 apprentices enrolled on their apprenticeship programme, in centres in Warrington, Birmingham, Oxford and Southport.

Access to the new courses will initially be offered to all client-facing employees of the Securitas Electronic Security and Solutions business units; Business Development Managers, System Designers and Engineers, Technical Support and Project Teams. Support staff will be able to take the courses in due course.

Arthur Agnew, Head of Electronic Security at Securitas UK said: “At Securitas UK, we ensure our 9,000 staff have access to a huge variance of knowledge through our in-house Learning Management System. Adding Skills for Security to our portfolio of training modules strengthens our aim to have the best trained staff in the industry and supports our ambition to double our Electronic Security and Security Solutions business. Continued investment in our people is at the heart of this strategy, whose knowledge of ever advancing security technology is vitally important to our clients. By ensuring consistent understanding and implementation of the latest security standards across the team, we can help make the world a safer place for our clients and each other.”

And David Scott, Managing Director of Skills for Security, said: “Securitas was the perfect partner to trial our new set of electronic security design courses with their specialist staff; as BSIA members, it is one of the many BSIA membership benefits we are proud to offer. We identified a gap in the market and have worked closely with Arthur and his team to gather valuable feedback and ensure the courses are fit for purpose and ready for a nationwide roll out. With our full focus on enhancing the skills of people across the security industry, Skills for Security is excited that Securitas and its employees are leading the way with this exciting initiative.”

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