A new qualification has been launched that will help learners take their first steps in event security and provide employers with the well-trained event stewarding staff they require.
The HABC Level 2 Certificate in Event Security Operations (QCF) will give learners an understanding of what employers need them to know in order to do the job effectively and safely, combined with knowledge of health and safety and customer service.
Developed by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) with input from the UK Crowd Management Association (UKCMA) and the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA), the Level 2 Certificate is a knowledge-based qualification supported by elements of practical demonstration of performance. The qualification will allow employees to work at events including festivals and shows, and is supported by the SGSA, meaning it also satisfies the minimum level of training required for stewards to work independently within a sports ground environment.
Chris Sprenger, HABC Managing Director, said, ‘The HABC Level 2 Certificate in Event Security Operations (QCF) covers all the areas that employers have told us they require staff to know such as crowd management, health and safety and customer service, along with optional but vital subjects like how to use radios properly and safeguarding children and young people. It can also be used to go on and achieve other relevant qualifications in the sector such as the HABC Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Spectator Safety (QCF), helping learners to build their portfolio of transferrable skills so that they can contribute even more to their organisations’.
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Notes to editors:
1. Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (‘HABC’) is one of the UK’s leading Awarding Organisations, offering over 200 qualifications covering a wide variety of industries including customer service, health and safety, licensing, security, stewarding, retail, logistics, catering and hospitality.
2. The UKCMA represent the interests of key commercial organisations whose primary business is providing crowd management and event security services, with a particular focus on promoting the use of competent, professional and safe crowd management suppliers at events requiring crowd management skills.
3. The SGSA is a government body that took over the responsibilities of the Football Licensing Authority and the critical role it played in transforming spectator safety at football grounds in the UK. The SGSA carries out a range of statutory functions in relation to football in England and Wales, and advisory functions in relation to other sports within the UK and internationally.
4. The minimum level of training required for stewards to work independently within a sports ground environment is recommend by the SGSA’s Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (Green Guide).
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