With so many young people looking for rewarding careers, why are so few joining the security industry? Jason Taylor of Corps Security explains why all parts of the sector must work together to attract the next generation of security professionals.

Whether it’s down to a negative perception, or simply a lack of awareness about what it can offer, the fact is that too few young people are looking to embark upon a career in the security industry. This is despite great advances in professionalising the industry and the development of qualifications, certifications and accreditations that have made it possible for individuals with the requisite drive and enthusiasm to develop a successful, and potentially lucrative, career.

This situation is all the more surprising in light of the worryingly high number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET). Latest government figures state that there are 1.09 million young people aged 16-24 in the UK who are classed as NEETs, which in percentage terms equates to 15.1 per cent of all those in this age group. Just over half (53.6 per cent) of all NEETs are looking for work and therefore classified as unemployed.

While there are numerous reasons for this situation, it would be interesting to know just how many NEETs have considered joining the security industry. What’s more, amongst those who are not NEETs, was security ever presented as a career option whilst they were in full time education? It’s fair to assume that it probably wasn’t.

According to the government’s Directgov website, the security industry currently employs around half a million people in the UK. As one of the fastest growing service sectors, it offers flexibility, variety and a level of career progression that few others can boast. Many of today’s security companies are dedicated to providing training, qualifications and a clearly defined career path, all of which are designed to appeal to a wide range of individuals.

Positions include ‘front line’ security officer based roles such as door supervisors, commissionaires and security guards. However, a variety of middle and senior management positions also exist, for example, duty managers, contracts managers, regional operation managers and regional directors. At the higher level, security managers, fraud investigators, cyber crime and technical experts, and security consultants are all in demand.

However, while these are all attractive roles that can suit people of differing abilities, the industry still suffers from an image problem and the general public perceives that Public security personnel tend to be male, muscular and macho, with a background in the military or police force.  Reality is that the modern security sector comprises people from a variety of ethnic, racial, religious, and gender backgrounds.

Despite there still not being enough, more women are joining the industry and displaying the tenacity, determination and ability to succeed in what is still a male dominated sector. Women that stay in the industry and make it their career are increasingly seen as valuable business assets to their employers. Customers can see the benefits of a more gender-balanced workforce and in some instances there are specific places where only women are required to work.

Some forward thinking companies have long-recognised that offering a clearly defined career path with continuing professional development (CPD) is the only way to attract the attention of young people.

With the costs associated with higher education becoming prohibitive, apprenticeships are becoming popular. According to research from the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), over 80 per cent of employers who take on apprentices find that they make their workplace more productive and customers are more likely to work with a company that invests in young people.

That said, it appears that the demographics for the security industry show an ageing workforce and more needs to be done to balance the profile more in favour of younger people wishing to establish a career.

Great strides have been made to make security management a profession that is on a par with well-established, recognised and respected disciplines such as law, education, medicine, accountancy and engineering. Take for instance The Register of Chartered Security Professionals. Created in 2011, it demonstrates to clients, employers, peers and the public an ability to perform to the highest standards, with those applying having to go through a rigorous assessment process.

While all of this is undoubtedly good news, the aforementioned misconceptions about the security sector prevail and have undoubtedly deterred some young people from even considering it as a career.

Slightly concerning is that the industry – and that includes its trade bodies and associations – has not done enough to challenge these pre-conceived ideas and promote itself as a vibrant, interesting and positive place to work.

Even though organisations are seemingly aware of the need to do more to attract young people – the ASIS Young Professionals Group is particularly noteworthy and welcome, as is the apprenticeship programme operated by Skills for Security – they are still just a drop in the ocean. Trade bodies and associations like The Security Institute, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and the Security Industry Authority (SIA) play a vital role in providing training and qualifications, developing standards, writing reference materials, and promoting best practice – issues that affect us all. However, companies need to work with them to promote the industry and its positive attributes.

Even though competitors working together might seem like a utopian ideal and nothing short of wishful thinking, it’s worth remembering that this approach works well in other sectors. For example, the Facilities Management Association (FMA) has experienced considerable levels of success in representing the interests of its members due, in no small part, to the willingness of its members to put aside their business rivalries to ensure the future success of their industry.

When making their career choices, the security industry is not even on the radar of most school leavers. This needs to change and doing so requires all industry stakeholders to join together to promote a clear and consistent message about the opportunities that it offers. If we are to all benefit from a steady influx of high calibre individuals entering the industry this must be addressed – now.

For further information please contact Corps Security on 0207 566 0500 or E:  info@corpssecurity.co.uk

Corps Security teams up with ACP Solutions to offer state-of-the-art protection for the nation’s top events

Corps Security, the UK’s leading specialist security solutions provider, has announced that it has formed an exclusive strategic partnership with ACP Solutions. This landmark agreement will see the two companies combine their respective areas of expertise to deploy innovative security solutions for some of the UK’s leading events.

Based in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, ACP Solutions has carved an enviable reputation for its ability to configure temporary Wi-Fi network connectivity that enables communications at events that present security challenges – eg where there is a large acreage to be secured.  Its particular area of speciality is equine events, having completed projects for the nearby Badminton Horse Trials, as well as the Burghley Horse Trials in Lincolnshire.

With the growth in mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, Wi-Fi is now seen as a vital on-site service for staff, traders and visitors. In addition, and as part of a communications infrastructure, event organisers are increasingly looking to utilise high-level surveillance technology that can be operated over Wi-Fi.

ACP Solutions’ director, Phil Platts explained, ‘Security is a major issue for organisers who have to protect staff, visitors and property, and ensure the smooth running of their events. We are increasingly involved with the specification of IP based CCTV and by working closely with Corps Security we are now able to provide our customers with a range of technology to suit a diverse range of applications and the personnel to operate it.’

According to Jason Taylor, Corps Security’s event sales and marketing manager, there is a perfect synergy between the two companies. He said, ‘We have very similar target markets and we are both determined to extend our activity within the sports, leisure and agricultural event sectors. Through the Corps Monitoring Centre (CMC) we have built up excellent relationships with all of our technology partners and we are now in a position to bring these advancements to ACP Solutions and the events sector. What’s more, thanks to our expertise in event security and crowd safety management, we are also uniquely positioned to offer this as part of an integrated security service.

Today’s deployable CCTV systems can transmit live or recorded images directly to a control centre via GPRS, 3G, broadband or wireless LAN. Products can simply be screwed to a wall or fixed to a mast, plugged into an appropriate power source and activated – a process that can take as little as 90 seconds to complete.

Corps Security’s Jason Taylor, concluded, ‘I’m tremendously excited about the prospect of working with ACP Solutions and using our combined expertise to provide truly innovative ways of protecting people and property. This latest strategic partnership will further enhance the reputations of both companies, while allowing us to offer a unique service to the burgeoning events industry.’

For further information please contact Corps Security on 0207 566 0500 or E:  info@corpssecurity.co.uk

Corps Security, the UK’s leading specialist security solutions provider, has announced that it has formed an exclusive strategic partnership with ACP Solutions. This landmark agreement will see the two companies combine their respective areas of expertise to deploy innovative security solutions for some of the UK’s leading events.

Based in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, ACP Solutions has carved an enviable reputation for its ability to configure temporary Wi-Fi network connectivity that enables communications at events that present security challenges – eg where there is a large acreage to be secured.  Its particular area of speciality is equine events, having completed projects for the nearby Badminton Horse Trials, as well as the Burghley Horse Trials in Lincolnshire.

With the growth in mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, Wi-Fi is now seen as a vital on-site service for staff, traders and visitors. In addition, and as part of a communications infrastructure, event organisers are increasingly looking to utilise high-level surveillance technology that can be operated over Wi-Fi.

ACP Solutions’ director, Phil Platts explained, ‘Security is a major issue for organisers who have to protect staff, visitors and property, and ensure the smooth running of their events. We are increasingly involved with the specification of IP based CCTV and by working closely with Corps Security we are now able to provide our customers with a range of technology to suit a diverse range of applications and the personnel to operate it.’

According to Jason Taylor, Corps Security’s event sales and marketing manager, there is a perfect synergy between the two companies. He said, ‘We have very similar target markets and we are both determined to extend our activity within the sports, leisure and agricultural event sectors. Through the Corps Monitoring Centre (CMC) we have built up excellent relationships with all of our technology partners and we are now in a position to bring these advancements to ACP Solutions and the events sector. What’s more, thanks to our expertise in event security and crowd safety management, we are also uniquely positioned to offer this as part of an integrated security service.

Today’s deployable CCTV systems can transmit live or recorded images directly to a control centre via GPRS, 3G, broadband or wireless LAN. Products can simply be screwed to a wall or fixed to a mast, plugged into an appropriate power source and activated – a process that can take as little as 90 seconds to complete.

Corps Security’s Jason Taylor, concluded, ‘I’m tremendously excited about the prospect of working with ACP Solutions and using our combined expertise to provide truly innovative ways of protecting people and property. This latest strategic partnership will further enhance the reputations of both companies, while allowing us to offer a unique service to the burgeoning events industry.’

For further information please contact Corps Security on 0207 566 0500 or E:  info@corpssecurity.co.uk

Corps Security is helping the National Army Museum, Chelsea secure its Building for the Future redevelopment project by donating to its £23.25m fundraising appeal.

The Museum’s redevelopment project will see the radical transformation of the current Chelsea site with a bright open atrium, stunning new galleries, a dedicated learning suite, an upgraded research centre and new café and shop facilities.

Central to the redevelopment has been the need to respond to the public’s call to create a Museum which provides a more modern, welcoming and social environment for families and to create displays and programmes that foster dialogue and debate about an Army which has been part of British society for over 400 years.

Corps Security provides security and customer visit staff for the Museum’s site in Chelsea and for the bespoke warehousing facility in Hertfordshire. Corps Security and its staff are key to making the Museum’s visitors feel welcome and its one million strong, world class Collection secure.

For further information please contact Corps Security on 0207 566 0500 or E:  info@corpssecurity.co.uk

Corps Security has announced the introduction of a new business division that provides a diverse range of consulting, investigative and training services specifically designed to help customers improve risk and threat management. CorpsConsult fully utilises the extensive in-house expertise that Corps Security possesses and which makes it the industry leading provider of specialist security services.

CorpsConsult is headed up by noted industry authority and Corps Security’s director of security consulting, Mike Bluestone, who commented, ‘Our experts all have recognised academic and professional security qualifications and come from a diverse range of corporate backgrounds. In addition, several leading members of the team have served with distinction in the police and military. This wide ranging experience combines to ensure that CorpsConsult has unrivalled levels of knowledge and expertise that can be used to advise companies on the security of their people, property and assets through both human and technological means.’

A key element in having the right security solutions in place is an awareness of risks and threats. CorpsConsult’s consulting services provide both strategic and logistical answers to an organisation’s security requirements. These services include: strategic security reviews; the development of corporate security policy and strategy documents; risk and threat assessments; security surveys; and audits. CorpsConsult prides itself on providing clear reports with easy to follow guidance and recommendations.

CorpsConsult’s investigative services are used by organisations looking to carry out due diligence in areas such as mergers and acquisitions and the examination of corporate fraud and financial impropriety. Areas of potential risk can be identified through discreet checks on the backgrounds and reputations of companies and individuals. Other services include scene of crime, personnel screening and vetting, and corporate surveillance.

To complement its other activities, CorpsConsult also offers a selection of training courses that are delivered by its specialist experts. These courses can be designed to meet a client’s specific needs and subjects include security management, security auditing, fraud prevention, strategic security and security awareness training.

Corps Security’s chief executive, Peter Webster, said, ‘The importance of a clearly defined and implemented security strategy cannot be overstated and organisations in all business sectors now realise that expert guidance is an invaluable part of this process. Although we have offered consultancy services for many years, the formation of CorpsConsult galvanises our extensive knowledge into one complete offering. I believe it is a valuable addition to our existing specialist security services and we will continue to develop it to meet the ever changing needs of our customers.’

For further information please contact Corps Security on 0207 566 0500 or E:  info@corpssecurity.co.uk