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New BTECs available for door supervisors and vehicle immobilisers

Two new BTEC Awards are now available to support the licensing of personnel working in the private security industry. Edexcel secured endorsed awarding body status from the Security Industry Authority (SIA) at the same time as receiving QCA accreditation for the qualifications.

Edexcel has worked closely with the SIA, who is responsible for licensing, throughout the development process to ensure that the qualifications are fully compliant in meeting the requirements of the two Specifications of Core Competencies for Door Supervisor’s and Vehicle Immobilisers.

The new BTEC Award in Door Supervision and the BTEC award in Vehicle Immobilisation are the first of a suite of BTEC qualifications introduced to support the government’s initiative to licence operatives. From this year door staff working on the doors of pubs and clubs will require a licence. Licensing for wheel clampers is likely to come into force in at the end fo 2004.

Before someone can apply for a licence from the Security Industry Authority, they are required to undertake a mandatory training course leading to the new qualification. Comprising 30 hours of training, the aim of the qualification is to raise the standards and professionalism of private security industry staff working in areas where public safety is paramount.

There are two units, the first covering the roles and responsibilities of the operative and the second focussing on handling situations where conflict may arise. Encouraging good practice in conflict management and improving communication skills is one of the new features of the core competencies introduced by the SIA.

Edexcel plans to introduce the BTEC Award in Security Operations, the qualification that is a pre-requisite for the licensing of security guards, later this summer and qualifications for close protection officers, private investigators, CCTV operators and security consultants will follow over the next two years.

Edexcel’s Business Development Manager, Sallyann Baldry, responsible for the introduction schedule said: "Edexcel has been offering qualifications within the security sector since 1998, with over 3000 people already undertaking the existing qualifications every year. The SIA estimates that over 300,000 security workers will require a licence over the next three years so we anticipate a huge growth in registrations as this extended range of qualifications becomes available.

"Our aim is to be in the unique position to offer our approved centres the entire range of qualifications that are required to work in almost all sectors of the security industry."

Karen Wilkinson, SIA Competency Manager, commented: "The SIA is pleased to endorse Edexcel to offer these new qualifications. Edexcel has been very proactive in the development of new qualifications for the security industry and in support of licensing. Door supervisors and vehicle immobilisers are priority sectors for licensing and the availability of these new qualifications not only helps employees to gain their licence but also to improve the skills and professionalism in the services they provide."

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