Many companies are aware of the Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) administered by the Security Industry Authority (SIA). After all, a considerable number of organisations employ workers who have been through SIA training to get an SIA license.
Under the terms of the scheme, which includes a set of operational and performance standards for suppliers of private security services, organisations that meet the specifications are awarded approved contractor status. In turn, this is designed to provide purchasers of security services with independent proof of the contractor’s commitment to quality.
From time to time, the SIA runs forums during which firms get to find out about any changes to the system. They also have the ability to contribute to the debate if they attend the occasions.The next round of these is set to take place in April and a total of six forums will occur. The gatherings while be held in Stoke, Doncaster, Belfast, Edinburgh, Swindon and London.
Commenting on the significance of the events, ACS assistant director Andrew Shephard said: “Our forums are an important and useful aspect of the ACS because they allow companies to exchange ideas and be informed on developments that might affect them. “The April forums will include updates on the ACS, the future of regulation, enhancements to SIA licensing and a guest speaker discussing TUPE regulations.”
He also noted that delegate places are limited to a first come first served basis so those eager to attend should respond to the invites they get quickly.Currently, the SIA claims to be working with the government and those involved in the security industry to plan how private security in the UK will be regulated in future. This may impact on those thinking of taking part in SIA training to get an SIA license. However, there will be no major changes in this regard before the London Olympics have taken place next year.