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  • Security guards will soon receive training which will enable them to seek employment in the Caribbean and Europe.
  • Marketing Manager of ECC, Trudy-Anne Riley told JIS News that the idea to start the training course came about, because of a need to give accredited certification to guards and persons with an interest in a security career.
  • Some of the topics to be taught include: the roles and responsibilities of security personnel; communication and customer care; key activities of security personnel as it relates to health and safety and dealing with emergencies; basic self-defense; and basic first aid and CPR.

Security guards will soon receive training which will enable them to seek employment in the Caribbean and Europe.

Evening and week-end classes for a 12-week training programme are scheduled to begin in May 2016 at the Excelsior Community College (ECC) main campus, 137 Mountain View Avenue, Kingston 3.

The school is collaborating with Security Administrators Limited (SAL) to start the programme.

Principal of ECC Philmore McCarthy and Managing Director of SAL, Captain George Reynolds, recently formalized the partnership with the signing of a memorandum of understanding at the main campus of EEC.

Marketing Manager of ECC, Trudy-Anne Riley told JIS News that the idea to start the training course came about, because of a need to give accredited certification to guards and persons with an interest in a security career.

She said the Private Security Regulation Authority (PSRA) Act 1992 has mandated that all security guards be certified and to submit evidence of their training and certification in the form of a certificate from an approved PSRA Trainer, effective January 1, 2016.

“They had given them a timeframe in which to get the certification. So based on the fact that we are a community college that responds to the needs of the community, we saw it fit to partner with Security Administrators Limited to offer a certification course for security guards,” she said.

She stated that prospective students are not required to have any form of security training or experience.

Miss Riley noted that a recent survey done by the ECC has revealed that a lot of the persons, who have need for the certification, would not fit into the category of persons with qualifications.

“And so we structured the course in answer to those needs,” she added, stating that over 22,000 security guards island wide are currently in need of certification.
The training programme will be held throughout the school year and will begin at regular intervals depending on the number of entrants received by the college.

Explaining the benefits of the programme, Ms Riley said participants will not only get an Excelsior Community College certificate, but will also be awarded City and Guilds certification.

“This international certification allows persons who have completed the course, to work in Jamaica throughout the Caribbean and in the United Kingdom,” she added.

Some of the topics to be taught include: the roles and responsibilities of security personnel; communication and customer care; key activities of security personnel as it relates to health and safety and dealing with emergencies; basic self-defense; and basic first aid and CPR.

Persons interested in the programme should call 876-928-5070 ext: 3280 or visit the College’s website at www.ecc.edu.jm/prospective.