Changes to the training you need for an SIA licence

Changes to the training you need for an SIA licence. The Security Industry Authority are making some changes to the training you need to take before you can get a front-line SIA licence. These changes will happen in April and October 2021. The changes are: on 1 April 2021, they will introduce updated qualifications for all sectors except Close Protection. from 1 April 2021, you must have a first aid qualification before you can apply for a Door Supervisor or Security Guard licence. on 1 October 2021, they will introduce updated Close Protection qualifications. from 1 October 2021, you must have one of the new qualifications or take top-up training before you can apply for a Door Supervisor and Security Guard licence – this includes renewals. Why the SIA are changing the qualifications. The private security industry is increasingly recognised as providing an important role in the protection of the public.  This recognition brings scrutiny,

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Botanics

For the last 6 weeks, our Events Division have been deployed throughout December / January at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh for Christmas at the Botanics. Our customer safety team welcomed over 2,000 members of the public each night providing site information, directional & safety advice as well as reiterating the physical distancing message to all guests on site ensuring their safety.  The Event Manager commented “It was a privilege to work alongside your Management, Supervisors and all your team. Their professionalism, support, and level of service was instrumental in helping keep the event open in the midst of the uncharted territory of a global pandemic.  A massive thank you to all our team for carrying out their duties through every type of adverse weather condition, with a smile.

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Stay Safe and Health

Ensure you and are family stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak by:  Hand washing  👏 Safe social distancing 🧍‍♀️⎻🧍‍♂️ Wearing a mask 😷 Staying at home 🏡 Seeking medical advice if you feel unwell 👩‍⚕️

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Covid-19 Pandemic Research

Have you thought about the impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on physical security? Perpetuity Research is an independent research company. Under the umbrella of the Security Research Initiative, Perpetuity is carrying out a study to better understand the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the security sector. They are seeking the views of physical security professionals on a range of issues to understand if and how the situation may be different for security going forward.  Share your views online here: http://bit.ly/2XISptO

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NHS Thank You Wall

NHS Thank You Wall  Local Children and children of the Security Scotland team are showing their appreciation for our NHS work by creating artwork for an NHS thank you wall.  The wall is onsite at one of the locations that Security Scotland have provided frontline staff for. The Security Scotland team will be joining the nation this evening at 8pm to #clapforourcarers to show our appreciation for our key workers and the vital role they play in the fight against COVID-19.

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Security Scotland volunteers assist Glasgow Homelessness Charity.

Security Scotland Volunteers Assist Glasgow Homelessness Charity. Last night three of our fantastic Security Scotland team gave up their own time in Glasgow City Centre last night volunteering for our friends at the Kindness Homeless Street Team - Glasgow. They were assisting with social distancing & queue management and also helping to ensure the homeless community of Glasgow enjoyed their meals, courtesy of the Street Team, in a safe environment. We’ve been amazed by so many of our team volunteering their services and willing to dedicate their own free time to assist the Street Team every night. A Street Team spokesperson commented “The group used to go out once a fortnight but is now hitting the streets daily to support the vulnerable. With limited resources, there is no longer enough food for each day and the volunteer is concerned about people fighting each other for food. In the heartfelt appeal he added: "We

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Security Scotland’s Training Division Complete Level 4 Diploma in Spectator Safety Management

Security Scotland’s Training Division Complete Level 4 Diploma in Spectator Safety Management This week Security Scotland’s Training Division completed its first ever Level 4 Diploma in Spectator Safety Management Course (Safety Officer) at our Glasgow head office. Industry experts Chris Baker and David Brannan opened the five-day course, setting the scene for the qualification and giving a detailed overview of the modules. Security Scotland’s management team were joined by several new Safety Officers from around the country as well as a couple of independent safety consultants. To help bring the training content to life, we were joined by several subject matter experts from across the country: The Role of the Safety Officer (Bob Park – Motherwell FC) Safety Certificates (Stuart McLeod – South Lanarkshire Council) Security Industry Authority (Ronnie Megaughin – SIA) Risk Fans / Ultra Groups (Inspector Marian McLean – Police Scotland) CT / Behavioural Detection (Superintendent Pat O’Callaghan - Police Scotland) Police Free Football (Alan Marshall –

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Security Scotland Provide Frontline Workers As Part of the COVID-19 Response

Security Scotland Provide Frontline Workers As Part of the COVID-19 Response With our usual events cancelled and licensed premises also currently closed we have turned our attention to providing a key security provision to our frontline colleagues in the supermarket and food supply chain, government estate, national infrastructure and utilities, transport network and of course hospitals. Security Scotland staff are proud to be part of a team of frontline workers throughout the country who have been deployed as part of the COVID-19 response. We are so proud of our staff working within these high profile areas, the effort they are showing getting to their work while transport links are minimal is a massive credit to them during these uncertain times.

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#LookUpLookOut How to Help Prevent Street Robbery

#LookUpLookOut How to Help Prevent Sweet Robbery Due to an increase in street robbery, the Metropolitan Police Service in London are working to prevent crime in hotspot areas. While this initiative is taking place in London the principles and changes can be applied to areas across the UK. As security operatives are often working in these areas they are best placed to educate the public and help prevent street robbery. Having received training to work in the industry, licensed operatives will be aware of many of the steps that can be taken to prevent street robbery. Still, as a reminder, here are recommendations to make to the public: 🚨 Stay aware of your surroundings and pay attention to who’s around you. 🚨Keep valuables such as mobile phones, watches and cash out of sight. 🚨Plan your route home. 🚨Look confident You are less likely to be targeted if you look confident. Move with purpose and try to

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