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Skills for Justice Awards and IQ to Collaborate with Historic Agreement

SFJ Awards and IQ have entered an agreement to cooperate and establish collaborative working.

SFJ Awards, the specialist awarding organisation for the Justice and community safety, police and law enforcement, custodial, legal, fire and armed services sectors, and mutual awarding organisation Industry Qualifications (IQ), have entered an agreement to co-operate and establish collaborative working on a wide range of issues across the Justice and community safety and private security and safety sectors.

The ground breaking agreement will result in each organisation becoming a co-ordinating quality (hub) centre of the other, offering the awards of the other that are relevant to their own sector/customer footprint. The two organisations will also co-operate on product development, technical and IT matters along with international issues where appropriate.

Raymond Clarke, Chief Executive of IQ said “This is an exciting development which creates a seamless interface for qualifications across both the wider justice family, and areas involved in the management and mitigation of risk, such as fire safety. The agreement will allow each organisation to expand the range of products available to its centres and we expect to be able to work together on the development of qualifications and learning support products where there is a shared interest.”

Adrian Jackson, Managing Director of SFJ Awards said, “Both SfJ Awards and IQ are committed to providing sector specific qualifications of the highest quality and the relationship is a comfortable fit. The agreement ensures that each organisation can harness its own specialist expertise for the benefit of the relationship and our customers.”

The two organisations have already begun to work on responding to a number of international opportunities, and have established the detailed mechanisms for the operation of quality hub centre arrangements. SfJ Awards will also adopt IQ Functional Skills within the coming months.

For further details, please contact Raymond Clarke at IQ on 01952 457452 or Adrian Jackson at SFJ Awards on 0114 231 7397.

Oct 28, 2013 01:03 PM

Raymond Clarke Receives Peter Greenwood Award

Raymond Clarke, Chief Executive of IQ and founder of SITO, SAFE and Vocational Compass, has become the 2013 recipient of the Peter Greenwood Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Security Systems Industry.
Raymond Clarke Receives Peter Greenwood Award

Left to Right: Marcus Brigstocke, Pat Allen (FSA chairman), Raymond Clarke and Phil Fagg (president of the ECA)


The Peter Greenwood Award is the longest established individual award in the security profession and has been in existence since Peter’s untimely death in January 1995.   In his position as Chairman of the Security Industry Lead Body (SILB) Implementation Group, Peter worked tirelessly to enhance the cohesion and professionalism of the security industry as it was then.

The award, which is sponsored by the Fire and Security Association (FSA) and awarded by the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals (WCoSP), was presented to Raymond by TV Personality Marcus Brigstocke, FSA Chairman Pat Allen and ECA President Phil Fagg at the ECA’s Gala Dinner and Awards Evening which was held at the ICC, Birmingham on Saturday the 22nd June.

The event was attended by 450 of the great and good of the building services engineering, fire, security and risk management industries.

Commenting on his award, Raymond said, "I am thrilled and honoured to be the recipient of the Peter Greenwood this year, and would like to thank the FSA and Worshipful Company of Security Professionals for this recognition. I had the privilege of working with Peter Greenwood during the 1990's, who was a tireless ambassador for the industry and that makes this award particularly special to me. Thank you to those that were kind enough to nominate me."

Stefan Hay, Head of the FSA said: “Raymond Clarke has been a leading and well respected figure and has held senior roles within the security industry and the vocational education sector since 1988. Originally appointed as the Training Manager for the British Security Industry Association, he went on to create the Security Industry Training Organisation and successfully led the organisation in becoming one of the country’s leading National Training Organisations. His tireless dedication to the sector led to the development of a training and vocational learning infrastructure that ranged from the development of the first National Occupational Standards, to developing supporting training materials, resulting qualifications, relationships with awarding bodies and regional cooperatives dedicated to the delivery of apprenticeships for the security systems industry. He also became one of the country’s most successful bid writers for public funding to support education in the sector securing £ millions for educational based projects. He has made a valuable and long lasting contribution and he is, therefore, a most worthy recipient of the Peter Greenwood Award.”

Jul 04, 2013 08:30 AM

Industry Qualifications is selected as awarding organisation by Qatar’s new International Centre for Sport Security

Industry Qualifications, the first pan sector mutual awarding organisation in the UK, has announced today that it has been selected as an awarding organisation partner by the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS), the not-for-profit sport security organisation based in Doha, Qatar.

With London 2012 at the forefront of the minds of those working in the private security industry here in the UK, Qatar has set its sights considerably farther ahead. Hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup and bidding to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020, Qatar is undertaking major infrastructure projects to develop state of the art sports stadia, associated facilities and human resource capabilities.

Central to hosting a safe and successful major sporting event is the critical need to deploy a capable and skilled workforce. As part of its goal to build knowledge and share best practice in the field of sport security, the ICSS will now turn its focus to developing training programs covering several levels of security strategy and planning.

In order to develop best in class training, the ICSS is collaborating with Industry Qualifications to develop a range of internationally recognised qualifications to ensure that training is effectively assessed, independently verified and provide prospective stewards and security staff with industry leading qualifications. As an IQ accredited centre, the ICSS will begin to deliver IQ qualifications at the beginning of May.

Welcoming the ICSS as an IQ international centre, Head of Business Development, Sallyann Baldry said;

“IQ is delighted to work with the ICSS to support their mission of total workforce development from basic security operatives to senior security director over the next decade. IQ’s expertise will provide the international qualifications required for the ICSS to fulfil its vision to develop a skilled workforce and showcase its position as a global provider of sport security training”.

Rick Festorazzi, Director of Training for the International Centre for Sport Security added;

“The ICSS is delighted to be involved at the conceptual stage of these initiatives with IQ and we look forward to our further collaboration in the development of this very important area.  The ICSS is committed to securing quality partners and our selection of IQ is a concrete step in that direction”.

Development work will commence shortly on a competency standard for stewards, with the pilot training courses for basic security grades commencing at the end of the year. Work on close protection, security supervision and incident response courses will follow. At the higher levels, qualifications in security risk assessment, security site surveying and incident control and command will be developed over the coming years. Training resources will be designed to meet the needs of trainers to ensure those delivering the qualifications are well supported.

Further information for editors

ICSS is The International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS). The ICSS is an international, not-for-profit institution that aims to help event organizers to stage safer major sporting events. The Centre's mission is to enhance security and safety in the world of sport by proactively addressing real issues and providing best-in-class training, research and tailored consulting in all aspects of sport security. The ICSS team brings together some of the world’s leading sport security experts and has access to a worldwide network of specialist practitioners, offering expertise in every aspect of sport security.

Mar 19, 2012 08:37 PM