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SIA & Skills for Security Endorse IQ

Industry Qualifications (IQ), a new Ofqual approved awarding organisation led by former SITO and SAFE Chief Executive Raymond Clarke, has been endorsed by the SIA and Skills for Security to offer licence linked security qualifications.

Industry Qualifications (IQ), a new Ofqual approved awarding organisation led by former SITO and SAFE Chief Executive Raymond Clarke, has been endorsed by the SIA and Skills for Security to offer licence linked security qualifications.

IQ is a pan-sector, mutual awarding organisation that is owned by its members. It has been designed to change the way in which awarding organisations operate – customers are members of the awarding organisation and have a greater influence on the policies and direction of the organisation. They also benefit from the return of surpluses made by the organisation related to their expenditure with IQ.

“We have sought to develop an operating model that ensures the highest level of quality, supports our commitment to partnership, involves members and provides real value in something approaching a commercial not for profit environment,” said Clarke. “We believe that our approach to quality, which includes peer group review and financial sanctions for systematic malpractice, goes beyond that deployed by any other awarding organisation in the sector and will support our positioning as a premium brand.”

The IQ team will be familiar to those in the industry. Andy Wilson was Head of Edexcel Employer Solutions when Edexcel entered the security industry, is IQ’s Head of Quality and Compliance. Debbie Mallinson, IQ’s Development Executive, played a key role at ASET Awarding Body and then EDI in relation to their work in the security industry. In August, IQ welcomes its first Head of Business Development, a widely known awarding body figure with significant profile in the security industry.
“We expect to start offering SIA licence linked awards in August, and will also offer the Providing Security Services award and trainers’ awards. We are also developing qualifications in other sectors such as facilities and hospitality,” said Clarke. “Our focus on quality assurance, product and service quality, relationship and pricing makes us believe that we have a very strong offer for the industry that is clearly differentiated from the existing market.”


See also: info4security’s report, IQ: bringing a new dimension to awarding organisation operations


Dec 20, 2011 11:22 AM
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