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Why consider a career as a security guard?

South & City College Birmingham is offering a free, fully funded four-week course aimed at anyone aged 19+ who is on benefits or a low income.

The course is just under four weeks long and runs every few weeks from the Handsworth and Longbridge (Bournville College) campuses. The course includes the cost of the mandatory SIA card (worth £190), which is a compulsory license for individuals working in the security industry. Recent graduates of the scheme are working in permanent positions paying between £10 – £17 per hour, depending on the shift pattern.

Security guards play a vital role for many organisations, and with individuals and companies having property or physical assets that they would like to protect, security will always have a place. Security guards also keep people safe, protect civic spaces and essential services, deter violent or aggressive actions, and serve as a visual reminder and deterrent.

Types of job roles in the security industry include:

  • Static Security Guards: The most common security officer, often based in a cabin or patrolling a site.
  • Event Security Guards: Often hired to control crowds for big public events and festivals.
  • Banksman: Keep site traffic running smoothly and help guide large vehicles in and out of loading bays or tight spaces.

The security industry can be a great stepping-stone to many other opportunities. You could find yourself in the field of law, security or public safety. With a few years of experience, you could progress into other careers such as a private investigator, a police officer or corrections officer.

For more information about the course and what to expect click here and to apply for the free training, talk to your local Job Centre about a referral.