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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.

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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.

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