Further a career in security with Highfield

Further a career in security with our new SVQ in Providing Security Officer Services at SCQF Level 5 which forms the knowledge and skills requirements for learners undertaking the Modern Apprenticeship in Providing Security Officer Services at SCQF level 5.

What topics are covered?
The SVQ in Providing Security Officer Services at SCQF Level 5 covers a variety of topics:

• effective communication
• health and safety
• preservation of CCTV systems
• minimising and dealing with aggressive and abusive behaviour
• access to and egress from premises
• entry and exit of vehicles
• arresting people suspected of committing an offence
• preservation of evidence
• controlling security incidents, and more

How long is the course?
To complete this qualification learners are expected to undertake between approximately 1,230 and 1,290 hours of learning, with 90 hours of off-the-job training.

How is the qualification assessed?
This qualification is assessed by a portfolio of evidence.

How much does it cost?
This qualification is £95 per registration (excluding VAT).

How can I start to deliver?
Please contact your Highfield account manager, who will be happy to start the approval process for you.

Before delivering your course, please make sure you are familiar with the qualification specification, which outlines all learning outcomes, assessment criteria and centre requirements. The qualification specification can be downloaded from our website here.

If there’s anything else you would like to discuss, or perhaps something you want to suggest, please do contact us!

We’ve updated our Security Products!

We have recently updated our Working as a Door Supervisor Training Presentation, Working as a Security Officer Presentation, Working as a CCTV Operator Training Presentation, and our Physical Intervention Skills Training Presentation.

These updates have been implemented to be in line with the recent developments to the relevant qualifications and to give your learners the most relevant knowledge for them to succeed.

What is included in the updates?
You will now receive additional modules within each of the presentations, which includes the new learning material. A detailed list of all modules for each presentation is below.

Working as a Door Supervisor Training Presentation
The modules covered by the 4  training presentations include:

Module 1 – Principles of working in the private security industry
Module 2 – Principles of working as a door supervisor in the private security industry
Module 3 – Application of conflict management in the private security industry
Door supervisors top up (Highfield level 2 award for door supervisors in the private security industry RQF)

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Working as a Security Officer Presentation
The modules covered by the 4   training presentations include:

Module 1 – Principles of working in the private security industry
Module 2 – Principles of working as a security officer in the private security industry
Module 3 – Application of conflict management in the private security industry
Security officers top up (Highfield level 2 award for security officers in the private security industry RQF)

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Working as a CCTV Operator Training Presentation
The modules covered by the 2 training presentations include:

  • Module 1 – Principles of working in the private security industry
  • Module 2 – Principles and practices of working as a CCTV Operator within the private security industry

 

 

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Physical Intervention Skills Training Presentation
The topics covered by this presentation include:

  • Module 1 – Physical interventions and implications of their use
  • Module 2 – Risks associated with using physical intervention
  • Module 3 – Reducing the risks associated with physical interventions
  • Module 4 – Practical training in non-pain related physical skills to protect yourself and others from assault
  • Module 5 – Practical training in non-pain related standing, holding and escorting techniques

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Anyone who has purchased one of these presentations within the past 12 months will automatically receive a digital download, which includes the updated learning modules.

 

Specifications for new security top-up qualifications now available

We’ve been working hard over the last few months to update our range of licence-linked security top-up qualifications in line with new requirements from the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

And we’re delighted to say these qualifications have now been launched and are open for registration. 

The qualifications have been designed for individuals who currently hold a licence from the SIA to work as a door supervisor or security officer, and who need to be brought up to date with the new requirements.

The qualifications cover key areas such as:

• Principles of Terror Threat Awareness
• Principles of Using Equipment as a Door Supervisor (DS only)
• Application of physical intervention skills (DS only)
• Principles of Minimising Personal Risk for Security Officers (SO only)

The specifications can be found below:

Highfield Level 2 Award for Door Supervisors in the Private Security Industry (Top up)

Highfield Award for Door Supervisors in the Private Security Industry (Scotland) (Top up)

Highfield Level 2 Award for Security Officers in the Private Security Industry (Top up)

Highfield Award for Security Officers in the Private Security Industry (Scotland) (Top up)

Further information regarding the new top-up qualifications can also be found on the SIA website at ‘Get Training’ here.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about the new qualifications, please contact your account manager who will be happy to help.

Important update: Licence-linked Security Qualifications

On 25 February 2020, Highfield sent an email communication to centres regarding the start date of the new licence-linked security qualifications. As a result of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the SIA has made the decision to further delay the launch of the new qualifications until 1 April 2021.

Therefore, our current qualifications have now been extended, with the last date for new learner registrations being 31 March 2021. The certification end date is now 31 August 2021.

This applies to the following qualifications.

RQF Qualifications
• Highfield Level 2 Award for Working as a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry
• Highfield Level 2 Award for Working as a Security Officer within the Private Security Industry
• Highfield Level 2 Award for Working as a CCTV Operator (Public Space Surveillance) within the Private Security Industry
• Highfield Level 3 Award for Deliverers of Physical Intervention Training within the Private Security Industry
• Highfield Level 2 Award for Upskilling a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry

SCQF Qualifications
• Highfield Award for Working as a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry (Scotland) at SCQF Level 6
• Highfield Award for Working as a Security Officer within the Private Security Industry (Scotland) at SCQF Level 6
• Highfield Award for Working as a CCTV Operator (Public Space Surveillance) within the Private Security Industry (Scotland) at SCQF Level 6
• Highfield Award for Upskilling a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry (Scotland) at SCQF Level 6

Please note that the Highfield Level 3 Certificate for Working as a Close Protection Operative within the Private Security Industry qualification is not be affected by these changes.

The SIA would like to understand the impact of COVID-19 on the industry, particularly in relation to training and security providers. They have created a short survey which we encourage all security training centres complete before the deadline at 5 pm on Thursday 18 June 2020: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/QR9LL82

We will continue to update you on any further changes as they are announced. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact your account manager who will be happy to help you.

Remote delivery and assessment of Security Qualifications pilot – webinar

Highfield’s digital portfolio is helping to keep businesses on the front foot during the COVID-19 crisis.

Our ‘Qualify at Home’ suite is now being piloted for some of Highfield’s security qualifications, meaning that your teaching can be done through remote learning and learners can qualify from the safety of their home.

How our ‘Qualify at Home’ suite works:

E-learning – award winning, instantly available, accessible anywhere

E-assessment – regulated assessments on your computer

Remote online invigilation – at home when convenient with the learner

In this webinar we’ll explain which of our security qualifications can be delivered remotely under the pilot, plus, we’ll demonstrate how to:

• let learners learn AND qualify from home or anywhere in the country

• enable home and work-based test to be undertaken using a remote invigilator

• conduct tests under normal exam conditions set out by Ofqual

All the information in this webinar was correct at time of broadcast (3 April 2020).

For more information on our webinars, go to https://centres.highfieldqualifications.com/Events/Default.aspx

Upcoming changes to security qualifications

Many of you in the security sector will already be well aware of proposed changes to security qualifications from 1 April 2020, particularly around first-aid requirements.

While some details are still being finalised, the Security Industry Authority (SIA) will require new SIA licence applicants to complete an emergency first aid at work qualification.

Highfield is currently updating its security qualifications to take account of the changes, and we fully anticipate having them ready for delivery from 1 April 2020.

Likewise, we are updating a number of our related publications. These are:

  • Highfield Level 2 Award for CCTV Operators (Public Space Surveillance) in the Private Security Industry
  • Highfield Level 2 Award for Door Supervisors in the Private Security Industry
  • Highfield Level 2 Award for Security Officers in the Private Security Industry
  • Highfield Level 3 Award for Physical Intervention Trainers in the Private Security Industry

Again, these will be available from 1 April 2020. However, both our upskilling resources and slide presentation for door supervisors will be withdrawn, as these will no longer be required.

We recently held a webinar explaining the expected changes to administrative tasks for centres delivering the updated qualifications.

 

 

New qualification for safe use of mechanical restraints (handcuffs)

We’re always looking to provide our centres with the qualifications and resources to help them and their learners tackle the major issues in the security sector. 

That’s why with use of mechanical restraints such as handcuffs – and the implications of getting it wrong – frequently in the news, we’ve launched a new qualification to help you make sure learners get it right.

The Highfield Level 3 Award in the Safe Use of Mechanical Restraints (Handcuffs) RQF covers the legislation surrounding the use of mechanical restraints such as handcuffs, and teaches learners their safe and effective use in a lawful manner.

The qualification is suitable for learners who are already licensed to practice by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) to practice, as well as civil enforcement and community safety accredited persons.

It is assessed by an open response workbook and a practical assessment, and has a total qualification time of 12 hours with 8 recommended guided learning hours.

You can find out more about the qualification now by going to https://www.highfieldqualifications.com/qualifications/security/mechanical-restraints

Success for ACT online learning at BCI Awards

We’re immensely proud to have been involved in the Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) online learning development alongside Marks & Spencer on behalf of NaCTSO.

And we’re delighted that the ACT online learning took the Continuity and Resilience Innovation 2019 award at the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) Awards last week.

Congrats to all involved!

So far, a quarter of a million people have completed the ACT online learning, which is completely FREE.

So, if you’d like to join them, go to https://bit.ly/2HSVNKG to find out more.

 

Update to SIA ID requirements

Centres may have noticed that the Security Industry Authority (SIA) has updated its ID requirements for i) first-time licence applicants, and ii) those that are renewing their licence.

We can confirm that the current ID requirements for qualification certification remain unchanged, however, there are likely to be changes in the future to align with the SIA’s ID requirements.

We will ensure that we provide centres with sufficient notice of any changes before they occur.

In the meantime, you can speak to your account manager for further clarification or go to the SIA’s website to view the updated licensing requirements: https://www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/Pages/licensing-document-groups.aspx

PRESS RELEASE: Support for protective services on apprenticeships

Organisations working in protective services looking to make the most of their apprenticeship levy contributions will now have help from one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations.

Highfield Qualifications has been approved by the government to provide end-point assessment (EPA) services for the new Custody and Detention Officer Standard, and will be offering employers a full range of assessment services to help them achieve the most from their apprenticeship levy payments.

The introduction of the apprenticeship levy in 2017 means larger employers have to pay into a central fund that must be used for apprenticeship training, while smaller employers can claim 90 per cent of their apprenticeship costs from the government.

The changes also mean new apprenticeship standards like those in security now use EPA instead of continuous assessment, requiring individual apprentices to have their work and competence assessed towards the end of their learning against criteria established by groups of employers known as ‘trailblazers’.

Jason Sprenger, Highfield Chief Executive, said, ‘Many employers are coming to terms with the introduction of the new apprenticeship standards and in particular the apprenticeship levy, so we understand that it is a complex and changing training environment for many.

Highfield’s approach has been to do the hard work, so employers don’t have to. With our recognition as an end-point assessment organisation, we are in a position to provide specific assessment services for those businesses already taking on apprentices or considering it.

He added, ‘Apprentices are great for business and can provide a welcome boost to staff development and productivity when it is most needed, but it’s vital that organisations understand from day one how to make sure the changes are of benefit to them and their employees’.

For more information, go to www.highfieldassessment.com

You can also contact Highfield at info@highfieldassessment.com or by calling 0845 226 0350/01302 363277.

Regular social media updates are available at https://twitter.com/askhighfield and www.facebook.com/askhighfield 

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Notes to editors:

  1. Highfield Qualifications has been approved by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) as an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) for the Level 3 Custody and Detention Officer Standard. Highfield’s apprenticeship services are delivered through its Highfield Assessment brand.
  2. Highfield Qualifications is one of the UK’s top five awarding organisations (AO). It is winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2016 and Awarding Organisation of the Year in 2018.