We’ve been discussing Security and First Aid training with our curriculum manager to find out about the current courses on offer at PTS Training Academy. We also found out how he was introduced into a career in security and first aid and what the current security environment is like within the UK.
So, how long have you been working in the security and first aid sector?
I’ve been working in the security sector since I was 15 years and 9 months old when I first joined the military. I’ve also trained to be a bodyguard and was deployed to Iraq for two years.
And what interested you in the sector?
Well since joining the military, and being from a military background, security and first aid skills have kind of become embedded in me. I’ve spent a vast array of time learning different skills, ways of doing things, and different levels of tactics, first aid, and security. It’s always been something that was relatively easy for me, and I think they’re good skills to have which are easily transferable.
The sector is also one where I see a massive growth happening – there was an 8% growth in need for security personnel in the last year alone. It’s obvious then that security companies need the manpower, and we as a training provider can deliver it.
Why do you think it’s important for people to get security and first aid training?
You only have to look at the current threat level within the UK to see how it is important now. We’re at a high level with a plethora of different organisations wanting to cause harm and mischief, and more people are now realising that we need more people trained in security and first aid. The police are busy, the armed forces are busy, so the fundamental help on the ground that’ll get to scenes quickest is your average security guard or door supervisor on the street. I myself have worked in shopping centres, in markets, pubs, and clubs, as well as high end close protection tasks, so it’s essential that regular people get training too.
What do you think about the currently available training in general?
Personally, I’m quite passionate about the training I deliver, and I try to deliver the product at the highest standard, because I want to work with individuals who have had the best training.
In all fairness, I think there’s a lot of training providers out there that don’t deliver what they should be delivering, as seen and evident on social media. It is quite a vast market and there’s different levels of standards – there’s no real standardisation. Honestly, I think the standard of delivery needs to be raised across the board, because even though it’s the same curriculum being taught, it’s all about the person that’s delivering it and their personal background knowledge and experience within the sector. Their abilities to reflect on their own knowledge and experiences and making it relatable to the course and their learners is what helps get their students from nothing to becoming a qualified security operator and into employment. I’m passionate about keeping my level of work experience up as well as teaching, so that I know and understand the current security and first aid environment.
And what about your own team?
I’ve got a very small team, but I know that when the team goes out and delivers the training, they are delivering it at the highest level. One of my trainers, he’s a career professional of 30 years and delivers security training and works in security. He’s what I call an ‘oracle’ of the topic because he knows everything – every trick in the book. He’s also very good at delivery, because he can relate a lot to his past work experience to the curriculum, and then on to the students, who enjoy learning from someone who has gone through it all themselves. That’s why I try and build a small team of like-minded people, that want to deliver a good product and who ensure we are setting learners up to be ready to do the job properly, not just put on a jacket and say ‘Thank you very much, I’m here to do a job’.
So what are the training courses that you currently run?
Currently, training is available anywhere in the UK and we run the following courses:
- Level 2 Security Officer
- Level 2 Door Supervisor
- Level 2 CCTV
- Level 3 – Close Protection
- Additionally, a vast array of non SIA licenced award via the STA security training authority – these are more role specific.
Who would you say this course is suitable for?
Anybody! The only criteria you have to have is a Level 1 Numeracy and Literacy and you need to be ideally 18 or over because you can’t apply for a SIA (Security Industry Authority) license until you’re 18.
We will train anybody, screen scan them, and then we’ll send them on a relevant training course to suit them and their needs. I’ve trained people from the ages of 18 to 65 on these courses, so there’s a good full spread of people and things that each of them can do really. So anyone, feel free to apply!
What are the benefits of doing these courses?
Firstly, like I said before, there is a massive need for people trained in security and first aid considering the current threat level within the country. More people want security aid, so there’s higher chances of getting into employment relatively quickly. Especially with these courses, they’re a good go-to, because you can get qualified pretty quickly and therefore work almost straight away.
In terms of the traineeships, we can put you through a full 8-week training programme that’ll get you from having no qualifications or job, to being fully qualified, licensed and ready to work. On this programme, you learn topics like Customer Service, Maths and English, Employability Skills, Role-Specific Training and then work experience at the end. We can even signpost people who have completed the programme to security companies in and around the UK as well, just to give them that extra support in getting into employment.
What are the potential future careers that learners can pursue after gaining these qualifications?
In this field, everyone starts at the beginning. Everyone has to do all the courses and training and work their way upwards, including me! So you by doing subsequent courses. Some example progression routes are:
Door Supervisor – you can progress to the Head Door Supervisor, or if you’re thinking about working within security companies, you can become an Area Manager or Security Advisor etc.
CCTV – you can start off working in a shopping centre and then move into more of a corporate climate where you could be working in a office complex or covering a larger area.
Security Guarding – you tend to play the same sort of role as you progress in this job, but you can do additional career management qualifications if you want to gain more qualifications.
Close Protection – there are a vast array of different jobs you could potentially have in this area of security, such as Residential Security, Corporate Security, Bodyguarding, Escort Teams, Anti-Jewelry Theft Teams, VIP Protection – it’s a mixed bag!
And any final thoughts?
As a team, we are here for all the learners if they require support, or any further information on anything. We’re here to help and guide them on their journey and we’re always more than happy to answer any questions or worries they may have. They just need to apply and see where we can take them!