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BSIA partners with Skills for Security in landmark move

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has today announced a new partnership with Skills for Security, in a landmark move that brings the sector skills body firmly back within the remit of the industry.

The move, approved by board members of both organisations, will see Skills for Security become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the BSIA, reversing the Association’s divergence from its former training body, the Security Industry Training Organisation (SITO), which facilitated the formation of Skills for Security in 2006. Skills for Security will retain its own legal identity and, as such, remains a separate company limited by guarantee.

James Kelly, Chief Executive of the BSIA, cites commercial factors as the rationale behind this agreement, commenting: “Skills for Security has had some notable successes in recent years – such as training 5,300 security people in preparation for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – and the organisation’s Directors have been considering how best to develop the business going forward, and view a partnership with the industry trade body as essential in building closer alignment to the industry.”

“There are several synergies between the two organisations, including a shared history and a number of Directors in common. As such, the BSIA is considered a natural partner for Skills for Security as it looks to develop its business over the coming years.”

Rather than allow it to be integrated into a wider business sphere, the BSIA has agreed to assume sole ownership of Skills for Security, which will return the sector skills body for the security industry firmly within the auspices of the industry’s trade association, as it was almost seven years ago. Importantly, this will also ensure that the industry retains control over its own training standards, particularly National Occupational Standards.

The BSIA’s strong links with industry representatives is the key to both organisations’ future success, with the Association intending to leverage its existing relationships to raise the profile of Skills for Security and ensure that it retains its position as a leading training body for BSIA members, as well as the wider security sector.

In a changing industry affected by developments to regulation and legislation, it has been recognised that, in recent years, Skills for Security has not been as close to industry suppliers as it could have been. As such, this development will improve the organisation’s ability to serve the current changing market dynamics.

Lord Stevens, Chairman of Skills for Security, comments: “We hope that one of the many positive results of this merger will be a significant increase in the number of BSIA members who use Skills’ resources. We see a huge potential in bringing the two organisations together, and, in keeping with the Government’s desire for improved employer engagement in skills development, believe that an independent SfS and the BSIA can together make the new joint business work very well. I look forward to the exciting opportunities that this new chapter will bring for Skills for Security, our industry and its people.”

James Kelly concludes: “Broader engagement with the wider security sector is a key element of the BSIA’s business plan, and reflects one of our key strategic objectives for 2013 and beyond. Bringing Skills for Security on board is an exciting opportunity, which will give the Association a fresh angle from which to do business and subsequently enable us to expand our reach within the security industry.”

Visit the websites of the BSIA or Skills for Security for more information about these organisations.

Editors Notes

James Kelly is available for interview. To arrange, contact Amanda Beesley on 0845 389 0755.

Skills for Security was previously owned, as Members, by the BSIA, the Security Institute, the Security Industry Authority and the GMB Union. The three bodies have agreed to transfer their  part ownership by effectively collapsing their membership, leaving the BSIA to assume full control as the sole remaining member.

The British Security Industry Association is the trade association covering all aspects of the professional security industry in the UK. Its members provide over 70% of UK security products and services and adhere to strict quality standards. For more information see www.bsia.co.uk, email info@bsia.co.uk or telephone 0845 389 3889.

 

MEDIA BRIEFING

BSIA’s acquisition of Skills for Security

A briefing for the media


The issue: an overview

• In December 2012, following several months of negotiations, Boards of Directors of both the British Security Industry Association and Skills for Security agreed a deal for the BSIA to assume sole ownership of Skills for Security.
• As a result, Skills for Security is to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the BSIA with effect from Tuesday, 12th February 2013.


Background

• Historically, Skills for Security’s predecessor, the Security Industry Training Organisation (SITO) belonged to the BSIA.
• In 2006, SITO was diverged from the BSIA, facilitating the formation of Skills for Security, a move that is effectively reversed by this acquisition.
• In recent years, Skills for Security has had some notable successes, such as training 5,300 security people in preparation for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
• More recently, the organisation’s Directors have been considering how best to develop the business going forward, and view a partnership with the industry trade body as essential in building closer alignment to the industry.
• In recent months, much work has been undertaken to streamline the Skills for Security business to prepare it for transfer.


The agreement

• In the short term, Skills for Security will remain exactly as it is, retaining the present Board composition and its independent status.
• It is envisaged that the Skills for Security business will transfer from its current base at Security House – a property owned by the BSIA – to share the BSIA’s premises at nearby Kirkham House.
• There are currently no plans to integrate the two businesses, with the possible exception of a few key roles.



The future

The partnership should lead to the following benefits for the industry:

• Retained control over the industry’s training standards, in particular National Occupational Standards
• Avoidance of the transfer of Skills for Security to an alternative skills organisation outside of the security industry
• It is hoped that more BSIA members will subsequently put their training business through Skills for Security, thus helping to make the Skills business more profitable than in recent years
• Costs for both organisations should be reduced, enabling the BSIA and Skills for Security to represent the industry’s needs more efficiently


Comments

James Kelly, Chief Executive of the BSIA, comments: 

“Skills for Security has had some notable successes in recent years – such as training 5,300 security people in preparation for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – and the organisation’s Directors have been considering how best to develop the business going forward, and view a partnership with the industry trade body as essential in building closer alignment to the industry.”

“There are several synergies between the two organisations, including a shared history and a number of Directors in common. As such, the BSIA is considered a natural partner for Skills for Security as it looks to develop its business over the coming years.”

“Broader engagement with the wider security sector is a key element of the BSIA’s business plan, and reflects one of our key strategic objectives for 2013 and beyond. Bringing Skills for Security on board is an exciting opportunity, which will give the Association a fresh angle from which to do business and subsequently enable us to expand our reach within the security industry.”


Lord Stevens, Chairman of Skills for Security, comments:

“We hope that one of the many positive results of this merger will be a significant increase in the number of BSIA members who use Skills’ resources. We see a huge potential in bringing the two organisations together, and, in keeping with the Government’s desire for improved employer engagement in skills development, believe that an independent SfS and the BSIA can together make the new joint business work very well. I look forward to the exciting opportunities that this new chapter will bring for Skills for Security, our industry and its people.”

Contact Us

For more information, or to arrange an interview with James Kelly, contact:

Amanda Beesley
Head of Communications
British Security Industry Association
0845 389 0755
07919 381485
a.beesley@bsia.co.uk

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