September 2015 work-based learning and colleges update

28 September 2015

This month's update includes information on the SIA Equality Impact Assessment and Consultation exercise, English Language Requirements for Security Licence to Practise Learners and some changes to SIA Licensing Services.

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Equality Impact Assessment and Consultation on SIA Specifications for Learning

The SIA Specifications for Learning 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, they are undertaking an Equality Impact Assessment and Consultation exercise regarding their Specification for Learning for licence holders.

The SIA want to ensure that they have fully considered the impact of specification on individuals as defined by the Equality Act 2010, and that they have 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 specification 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.

Take part and give your feedback

The consultation will close on Monday 9 October 2015.

English Language Requirements for Security Licence to Practise Learners

Please note that the SIA have updated their English Language requirements for learners registered on any of the Security licence to practise qualifications:

As a guide, learners should, as a minimum, have language skills equivalent to the following:

  • A B1 level qualification on the Home Office’s list of recognised English tests and qualifications; 
  • A B1 Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR); 
  • An ESOL qualification at (Entry Level 3) on the Ofqual register taken in England, Wales or Northern Ireland; 
  • An ESOL qualification at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework level 5 awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and taken in Scotland;
  • Functional Skills Level 1 in English; 
  • SQA Core Skills in Communication at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework level 5;
  • Essential Skills Wales Communication Level 1.

Important Notice: Changes to SIA Licensing Services

View a letter from the SIA Deputy Director, Ed Bateman, to all providers delivering the Security licence to practise qualifications about the forthcoming changes to the SIA licensing services.


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