This news feature will discuss the benefits of security related training and accredited security courses for various Universities and the reasoning behind why security and safety courses are so important to faculty staff. With the increase in accountability for Universities and the focus on increasing security in relation to both staff and students, security and safety training should be a key element in order to educate those responsible for security and duty of care matters within an educational environment. Those members of staff that are responsible for safety and security, whether specific security managers or not must have an all encompassing knowledge of security policies and procedures in order to fully understand the threats that Universities face.
Universities are continually searching for ways in which to improve the security of their staff and learners, and by doing so often engage external consultants in order to source security products from CCTV, access control, external guard forces and more. This is an effective approach, although there is a need for their own personnel to also have relevant and working knowledge of the security measures needed for higher education organisations. This is important to both assess external service providers but to also acknowledge whether all measures are relevant and fit into the daily operation of their particular University. University campus security teams and security managers should also be highly trained in an array of subjects from the mandatory security SIA qualification through to more personal focused communication and self awareness courses. It is also worth noting that a ‘strong arm’ approach to University security is not favoured as there can be many types of incident that security campus teams may be involved in, and these include (but not limited to) mental health related cases, self harm, multi-cultural arguments and much more. This means any person involved in University security and safety must have a wide range of security, personal and communicative skills in order to deal with any disruption ethically and professionally.
In this age of uncertainty and global risk, it is important for organisations of any type to ensure that their security measures are up to date and effective and this requires continual assessment and auditing. There is also a need to liaise with external suppliers and to ensure that any equipment that is integrated is installed correctly and that maintenance schedules are planned and adhered to, especially in relation to fire and safety systems. It is also important to keep and maintain security policies and to assess these on a continual basis, this also requires knowledge of both security and policy administration and this is one of the main reasons why University staff need to have knowledge through learning, so that they are aware of what needs to be done.
Accredited Security Courses
iSMTA have a suite of courses that can benefit Universities and their staff, whether from a safety perspective or from a security basis. One of the main benefits of enrolling with iSMTA is the professional e-learning approach the Academy adopts, including a leading Learning Management System (LMS). The tutors and course developers involved in our training programs have vast experience within the security sector, including military and police backgrounds and also educational staff. Our e-learning courses are all written and designed internally by industry experts and are delivered through our interactive and engaging learning management system.
One of the highlight accredited security courses delivered by iSMTA which is most effective to the University environment for relevant staff to increase their overall security knowledge, is the Level 3 Foundation Security Management course. The course is widely recognised and has been adopted by many learners aspiring to become effective security supervisors or managers, although in addition to this it has been effective for those staff also responsible for overseeing security who may not be a dedicated security manager. The course is delivered via e-learning with the learner also receiving a suite of leading security related resources and support, but also to be used for future reference throughout their careers.