Providing security services apprenticeship

Providing security services apprenticeship

Security officers are generally responsible for protecting people and property from injury, loss or damage caused through theft, vandalism, fire or flooding.

They are employed by private security companies or by large organisations, such as NHS trusts and universities, which run their own in-house security teams. They are usually uniformed and can work in a wide variety of environments including shops, office buildings and outdoor sites.

Security employers are looking for people who are reliable and responsible, have good customer service skills and the confidence to remain calm and take action when necessary. Duties can include controlling entry to buildings; driving alarm response vehicles; providing assistance to the public; dog handling; control room operations; searching people or vehicles; patrolling properties.

There are also opportunities to progress to supervisory and management levels within the industry.

The Intermediate Level Providing Security Services apprenticeship includes three pathways that cover the following sub-sectors: security officer (static and patrol guarding), door supervision and CCTV operation. It provides the training needed to undertake these roles including how to assess and react to different situations, work as part of a team and keep accurate records of incidents.

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Intermediate (Level 2)

Starting salary (once qualified):


Job roles:

Security officer (e.g. in a shopping mall, public building or commercial offices), CCTV operator

Issuing Authority:

Skills for Security –