London is the UK’s capital city and one of the world’s most famous and popular tourist destinations. A hive for sight seers, day trippers and night-clubbers such as London will have an overwhelming number and huge variety of music venues, shopping centres, licensed premises and an array of other destinations for crowds of people who pour into the city from all over the world. The incredible spread of places in the city where someone can go to have a good time is an obvious boost to the economy and to the industries concerned, however there is an inevitable downside to this situation. This is the fact that wherever there are large crowds of people, there will be some individuals who will be only too happy to take advantage of the huge and endlessly refreshing supply of fresh wallets, strangers and personal possessions that pass through.
The inevitable exploitation of London’s anonymity by opportunistic criminals means that there is a constant requirement for security professionals to protect property, cash and individuals in a public setting. There are always opportunities for security professionals anywhere that there are opportunities for people to endanger the security of others. Finding training to work in the security industry can be an excellent path to employment because, sadly, crime is one of the things that never goes out of fashion or experiences an industry-wide downturn. Even in a recession, there will be people causing difficulties for others, and a need for professionals who can prevent some cases of this.
There are a number of SIA training courses available in the capital for people looking to gain employment in the industry. These courses equip people who attend them to provide a broad range of security services, giving a global overview of the principles and finer points of security provision. The courses cover such a broad syllabus that the qualification given at the end has been well and truly earned and reflects that the individual who has gained it has an understanding of all the questions surrounding their chosen field of employment. Some may not understand why an individual seeking to work as a Security Guard should need an understanding of Fire Safety, but the fact is that security work throws such a range of different scenarios at you that the qualification required should cover an equally broad range.
SIA training itself covers such a broad range of topics for these reasons. In a city the size of London there will, inevitably, be an increased volume of crime, with criminals often seeking to benefit from the anonymity of melting into a large crowd of people. To address this requires a network of qualified security industry professionals, most of all CCTV experts, Security Guards and Door Supervisors. SIA training is available for all of these sectors of the Private Security Industry, enabling a uniform approach to the protection of people’s security, defence of property and upholding of a general peaceful atmosphere. Though the war against crime will never be definitively won, quality professionals can see to it that a lot of the battles will be won. Through training, the SIA seeks to equip people to help win those battles.
At the end of the SIA training course, the candidate steps into an industry where work is rarely problematic to come by. When you take into account the number of pubs, clubs, arenas, shopping centres and other areas with mass appeal that will attract a vast crowd, and then take into account that each of these will require coverage by at least a few members of security staff, the scope for employment for a security professional is easy to extrapolate from this. There will always be vacancies for security workers when the number of public spaces is so high, the volume of these spaces is so immense, and the intention on some people’s behalf to create problems is in existence – a situation that persists today, and will by nature continue in that vein. Salaries for security workers range from £6.13 an hour – there are jobs with higher salaries but few of them have the scope for working so many hours – and go up from there and, once you have been working in the industry for a period, there is scope for advancement should you carve out a reputation as a trustworthy, steady security worker.
Check out one of your local providers for SIA Training and make some preliminary enquiries into taking one of their courses. An SIA licence applies nationwide, so if you qualify in London there is nothing to stop you working as a security provider elsewhere. One thing that is unquestionable is that with SIA training, you will be equipped to deal with any situation you can imagine arising in a public venue, and you will inevitably be able to find a position somewhere if you’re happy to move around.