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The Security Consortium hosts inaugural Board meeting and Workshop

21 October 2020

SGW CONSULTING Group’s managing director Simon Whitehouse CSyP FSyI CPP PSP MIET RISC MIAPSC and senior security consultant Alan Meyrick MSc MSyl CPP CCTP recently attended the first Board meeting and Workshop to be run by The Security Consortium.

Hosted by Professor Phillip Wood MBE CSyP FSyI CPP SIRM HonMBCI (the head of school for security and aviation at Buckinghamshire New University) on Friday 25 September at Missenden Abbey in Buckinghamshire, the day brought together The Security Consortium’s Board members for the first meeting convened since the initiative launched back in early September.

The Security Consortium has been very well received since its launch with a high degree of interest emanating from across the security sector. During the inaugural gathering, the Board members present were extremely keen to build upon this initial success.

The Workshop explored a number of key aims and detailed a strategy for The Security Consortium as it progresses development work towards 2021. The core aims addressed on the day were configuring an Associate and Member framework, formulating key learning pathways to support those working within the industry in meeting their career aspirations and beginning to identify avenues for future growth to ensure that The Security Consortium continues to develop in a positive and purposeful manner.

One of the future aims of The Security Consortium is the hosting of conferences, webinars and related events which Associates and Members will be welcome to attend.

Alongside Buckinghamshire New University, the Frontier Risks Group and the Silverback Security Academy, SGW Consulting is delighted to be a key member of The Security Consortium. The business shares a similar vision to The Security Consortium other constituent members in relation to the provision of high-quality and innovative training programmes that actively promote learning and knowledge transfer for security practitioners looking to enhance their careers.

Learning pathways and choice

From short courses through to Master’s degrees for individuals or bespoke company and organisational development programmes, The Security Consortium firmly believes that it “has the answer”.

A wide-ranging mix of pathways is on offer, all of them intended to provide learners with freedom of choice to select the most suitably experienced professional provider of shorter security risk management, counter-terrorism and security engineering courses focused on the built environment ahead of those learners using credits attained upon course completion towards one of the academic security degree courses offered by Buckinghamshire New University.

Speaking about The Security Consortium’s stated desire of improving career pathways and opportunities in what is a massively important business sector, Simon Whitehouse informed Security Matters: “The security sector presents many varied and rewarding career paths and lifelong learning opportunities, yet I’m of the firm opinion that, as an industry, we need to do much more to formalise occupational standards and core competencies in various security disciplines, thereby affording people from all age groups a clear learning pathway, while also creating more options for career transition and the development of mature students.”

Whitehouse concluded: “The Security Consortium’s founding members are all passionate about improving standards, competencies and career opportunities in our sector. We will offer seamless learning pathways for individuals to progress their security careers, from delivering short specialist qualifications right through to academic degree programmes.”

*For more information on The Security Consortium visit https://thesecurityconsortium.com/