August 2015 work based learning and colleges update

Mon Aug 24 10:30:00 UTC 2015

This month's update includes information on delivering the Close Protection BTEC overseas; the Security Industry Authority's (SIA) 'Search for a Training Provider' facility; and the SIA's equality impact assessment and consultation on its specifications for learning and qualifications.

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Delivering the Close Protection BTEC overseas

If centres want to deliver BTEC qualifications overseas, including the BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Working as a Close Protection Operative within the Private Security Industry, they must submit a new application to gain approval to deliver the qualification internationally.

Approval to deliver internationally is required as well as approval to deliver the qualification within the UK.

If the qualification includes externally tested units, centres must apply for and deliver the on-screen tests. Paper tests cannot be transported overseas under any circumstances.

View Distance Learning Policy

View Distance Assessment Policy

SIA ‘Search for a Training Provider’ facility

Centres approved to deliver BTEC Security Licence to Practise qualifications can request that their details are forwarded onto the SIA to appear on the list of approved providers under the ‘Search for a Training Provider’ facility on the SIA website.

Centres need to contact the Pearson Approvals team on and provide the following information:

  • Security qualifications that they hold approval for that they wish to appear on the list
  • Centre name
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • Website address
  • Regions they operate their security qualifications in
Equality Impact Assessment and Consultation on SIA Specifications for Learning and Qualifications
The SIA specifications for learning and qualifications form the basis of the qualifications linked to SIA licensing. The specifications outline what an individual needs to know and be able to do in their role as a security operative.
As part of the SIA’s commitment to equality of opportunity, it is
undertaking an equality impact assessment and consultation exercise regarding its specification for learning and qualifications for licence holders.
The SIA wants to ensure it has fully considered the impact of the learning qualification specification on individuals as defined by the Equality Act 2010, and that it has made reasonable adjustments to the specifications where necessary.
The purpose of this consultation is to further consider the implications of the updated specifications for existing and future licence holders. We want to find out if any of the specifications for learning and qualifications modules are likely to impact upon equality of opportunity in relation to age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race and ethnicity, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
We would appreciate feedback from all those working in the private security industry, including training providers.
The consultation will close on Monday 9 October 2015.

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