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Mitie Security pilots virtual SIA accreditation

Mitie Security has become the first company in its sector to pilot an online Security Industry Authority (SIA) accredited training module.

Working in partnership with the SIA and the licence awarding body, Highfield Qualifications, Mitie has seen the six of its employees who took part in the pilot successfully complete their training and awarded SIA security guard licenses.

Previously candidates were required to attend on-site courses. However, with social distancing measures in place, an innovative training solution was required to meet the growing demand for licensed security officers to support the country during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Designed for people wanting to take their first step into a career in the security industry, the virtual security guarding course consists of 20 hours of virtual training in the form of live tutorials. These are delivered via video conference over a minimum of three days. During this time, participants cover a number of specialist and management modules, such as health and safety, patrolling, searching, access and egress control, and avoiding and defusing conflict.

To ensure that the SIA standards are met, the Security Industry Authority and Highfield Qualifications supervisors also make unannounced visits by joining the live tutorials.

At the end of the course the participants are required to take three online assessments on invigilated software to test their knowledge and competency. Once submitted, the online test results can be delivered in just 20 minutes, significantly faster than the two to three weeks that it normally takes for on-site exams to be graded.

Following the success of the licensing training, Mitie will be rolling out a ‘CCTV Level 2’ online course. With many buildings across the country closed due to lockdown, this will ensure security teams are equipped to carry out roles now encompassing the increased use of CCTV.

Jason Towse, Managing Director of Business Services, Mitie, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has brought many challenges to our sector – one of which has been unprecedented demand for security officers in key sectors such as retail and healthcare at a time when people are physically unable to attend training.

“We’re proud to be paving the way with this virtual training, offering people the chance to kick-start their career in security and supporting the efforts to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. “

Ian Todd, CEO, SIA, added: “This is an example of fantastic partnerships in action. At the SIA we are always keen to see innovation in the way that training is delivered, without losing the integrity of the qualification. The excellent collaboration between the two organisations shows that despite these uncertain times, we can continue to improve and enhance our business practices. We will now fully evaluate the pilot, including with other providers who have taken part.”

More than 50 Mitie employees are expected to complete their courses in the coming weeks.

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