British Security Industry Association (BSIA)
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The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) proudly sponsored the Apprentice of the Year Award at the British Security Awards 2020 which took place on 1st July. The annual event, recognising individuals and companies within the private security sector for their talent and commitment in protecting people and property, saw a significant number of NSI approved companies celebrated amongst its winners. Organised by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), this year’s British Security Awards were streamed online for the first time in its history, due to the Coronavirus pandemic and featured special guests including Ian Todd, Chief Executive of the Security Industry Authority and Rick Mounfield CSyP FSyl, Chief Executive of the Security Institute. Nearly 200 representatives from across the sector watched the event ‘live’ on the BSIA’s YouTube channel. Front line key workers NSI congratulates all of the winners and finalists including those NSI approved companies Industry figureheads announced each award including Dame Cressida Dick, DBE QPM, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service who praised the wider security industry and highlighted the invaluable contribution of front line key workers throughout the pandemic. NSI congratulates all of the winners and finalists including those NSI approved companies and their representatives who won the following ten categories: Best Newcomer: Harriet Giles, Mitie Service to the Customer: Thomas Ibbetson, G4S Outstanding Act: Adam Rich, Mitie Security Manager of the Year: Babatunde Lawal, G4S Best team: Templars Square Security Team, Westgrove Group Apprentice of the Year: Tessa Bruce, EFT Systems National Partnership: M&S Connected Solution, Mitie Business of the Year: STM Group SME of the Year: Fenix Monitoring Best Use of Technology: B&Q Crime Centre, Mitie Security systems sector Richard Jenkins NSI Chief Executive commented: “NSI has been a long-standing supporter of apprenticeships within the security sector and was delighted to once again sponsor the Apprentice of the Year award. Our warm congratulations go to Tessa Bruce from EFT Systems in recognition of her drive for success and outstanding achievement in the Engineers of Tomorrow competition heats. We wish Tessa a long and successful career in the security systems sector." "Our congratulations extend to all of this year’s winners and finalists whose achievements and excellence were celebrated by the judges, including those NSI approved companies and representatives who came top in their categories. We pay tribute to the industry’s front line officers whose critical ‘key worker’ contribution was commended with a Chairman’s Special Recognition Award acknowledging the immense role they have carried out during COVID-19.”
Bodies within the Security and Fire sector, namely the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), Fire and Security Association (FSA), National Security Inspectorate (NSI), and the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) are re-iterating calls for employees of all security and fire safety companies approved by UKAS-accredited specialist certification bodies to be designated as ‘Key Workers’, to ensure environments not currently designated as ‘critical’ continue to be protected. Currently those companies providing a service to an institution or business classified as ‘critical’, e.g. hospitals, social care, supermarkets and the food supply chain, national infrastructure and utilities, and their employees are classified as ‘Key Workers’ as the services they provide are required to enable these public spaces to continue to function safely. Non-critical public sector spaces Companies must identify those employees operating under the eight broad headings issued by the government last Friday and act accordingly. With public security resources limited it is vital private security companies are well positioned to provide those activities crucial to the ongoing security of other non-critical public sector spaces, homes and businesses. This is particularly essential with so many organisations now working remotely, ensuring their building and assets are kept safe and secure. In view of the further challenging measures laid out by the government last night, the industry bodies are calling for the following employees working for NSI and SSAIB approved companies in security and fire safety, to be designated as ‘Key Workers’ including but not limited to: Approved Alarm Receiving Centres (ARC) security screened operators facilitating police response to intruder and hold-up alarms Intruder alarm and hold-up alarm installation and maintenance security screened engineers Fire detection and alarm system installer and maintenance engineers Life safety fire risk assessors Portable fire equipment technicians All SIA licence holders including security screened security officers key holding response officers Stating these employees are ‘Key Workers’ will enable them to continue to support the public and emergency services and be available to travel without restriction, safe in the knowledge their children can attend school if necessary.
Key topics and challenges affecting the security systems and guarding sectors were addressed at this year’s NSI-sponsored Thought Leadership Summit, held at the Royal Lancaster London. Delegates from across the industry engaged with a lively, informative and thought provoking programme, organised by the Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs). A cross-section of security industry end users, service providers, sector organisations and regulatory bodies attended the third annual UK OSPAs Thought Leadership Summit, where an international line-up of speakers provided a variety of valuable insights. They included Inspector Angel Martinez Sendino from the Central Private Security Unit with Madrid Police, who described the pioneering strategy it has adopted to tackle false alarms and the resulting reductions achieved. Real Living Wage Inspector Sendino’s presentation was followed by a panel discussion about the Madrid experience and the lessons that might translate into the UK to beneficial effect. This round-table debate, involving David Mair from the Security Systems Unit at the Metropolitan Police, Ken Meanwell from Secured by Design, David Wilkinson from the BSIA, plus NSI’s Richard Jenkins, was chaired by Professor Martin Gill and prompted informed delegate feedback during a Q&A session. Meanwhile, the merits and implications of paying the Real Living Wage in the security sector were summarised by Sebastian Bachelier from the Living Wage Foundation. He explained how the voluntary Real Living Wage (as distinct from the statutory Minimum Wage for under-25s and the National Living Wage for over-25s) offers benefits to workers and employers alike, in addition to tangible economic contributions when implemented. Underrepresentation of women The SIA welcomed NSI’s forthcoming Code of Practice for the provision of labour in the security and events sector The Summit moved on to hear from Ian Todd, Chief Executive of the Security Industry Authority. His address covered areas including the Approved Contractor Scheme and concerns surrounding the role of labour providers operating outside the ACS’ remit. This involves issues including rogue labour, inadequate screening, poor training and illegal low pay, along with the SIA’s role as a regulator in managing these concerns. The SIA welcomed NSI’s forthcoming Code of Practice (NCP 119) for the provision of labour in the security and events sector. Douglas Barnett from AXA Insurance then provided an insurer’s insight into its experience of guarding contractor practices, drivers behind the race to the bottom and future opportunities. Concluding the event, Charlotte Howell from Perpetuity Research summarised some of the main findings from a recent survey of experiences from women working in physical security and key areas for future industry development, including the significant current underrepresentation of women in the security sector. Help propel the security sector “This Thought Leadership Summit is the first to have been sponsored by NSI and our involvement with this prestigious event was prompted by our drive for continual improvement amongst security providers,” comments NSI Chief Executive Richard Jenkins. “We welcome fresh perspectives that provoke constructive debate about how the industry could develop. The Thought Leadership Summit proved a driving force in moving the debate onwards in a positive and engaging way and covering a range of challenging topics. Recognising new technology, working practices and shared standards can help propel the security sector and raise its profile with buyers, people joining the industry, and in the wider community.”