The UK Security Directory has been made aware of the following information from the SIA. Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) has withdrawn a number of certificates awarded via training providers Get Licensed and Adult Learning Network Ltd (who previously operated as AAB Training) following an investigation into training malpractice.
If you think you may be affected by this problem but are yet to receive a letter from the SIA the please contact them to check.
HABC has withdrawn the physical intervention unit that applicants took to gain the Level 2 Award in Door Supervision, making the qualification invalid.
In total, 1,001 certificates that were awarded to candidates registered with the two centres have been withdrawn. Of these qualifications, 654 had been used to obtain an SIA licence. The SIA has written to licence holders to explain that they have a 28 day period to gain a valid qualification or their licence will be revoked.
Dave Humphries, Director Compliance, Intelligence and Communication said:
“The SIA, our awarding organisation partners and the qualifications regulator Ofqual take malpractice issues around training very seriously. These allegations came to light earlier this year that suggested that training providers Get Licensed and ALN were involved in malpractice between October 2010 and May 2011.
Whilst training malpractice is not endemic, this recent investigation demonstrates that we will not allow people to think that they can get away with it.”
Jason Sprenger, HABC Chief Executive said:
“HABC received allegations of malpractice within ALN, AAB Training and Get Licensed. Upon receipt of the allegations, we carried out a full and thorough investigation in partnership with the SIA. This included analysis of test papers and interviews with tutors and learners. We found substantiated evidence of malpractice and consequently withdrew more than 1,000 HABC Level 2 Awards in Door Supervision across all three organisations.
“HABC is firmly committed to ensuring the integrity of our qualifications is maintained at all times and takes any abuse very seriously. We will not hesitate to take immediate and proportionate action against any centre found to be actively participating in malpractice.”
HABC has set up a helpline for the affected learners. The telephone number is 01302 363 154. SIA licence holders must correspond with the SIA; if they do not their licence may be revoked.
Notes to Editors:
- Get Licensed is a referral mechanism/website so they do not have a specific address. However, Get Licensed House was located at The Broadway in Southall, London. Get Licensed is no longer an approved HABC centre.
- ALN has a registered address in Mitcham in Surrey and a trading address at Berkley Square House in London. ALN cancelled its approval with HABC before it could be withdrawn.
- The SIA sets the specifications for the licence-linked qualifications, but does not provide training. The awarding bodies develop the qualifications, and the training courses are provided by training providers. For more information on these roles visit: www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/trainers
- The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. The SIA’s main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.
- The SIA is working in consultation with the industry to draw up plans for a “phased transition to a new regulatory regime”. Future regulation is subject to approval by Parliament and the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland and Scotland, but focuses on the licensing of businesses. It remains a criminal offence for security operatives and those deploying them to work in licensable activities without a valid SIA licence. The SIA and our partners continue to ensure that the law is properly enforced.
- For further information about the Security Industry Authority or to sign up for email updates visit: www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk. The SIA is also on Facebook (Security Industry Authority) and Twitter (SIAuk).
Source: Security Industry Authority