22nd November 2012 | Posted in General News, Security Training

HABC reveal training provider malpractice

Certificates withdrawn amid training malpractice allegations

18 Nov 12

Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance has withdrawn a number of certificates awarded via training providers Get Licensed and Adult Learning Network Ltd (who previously operated as AAB Training).

Following an investigation centred on alleged training malpractice, Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) has withdrawn the physical intervention unit that applicants took to gain the Level 2 Award in Door Supervision, making the qualification invalid.

In total, 1,001 certificates that were awarded to candidates registered with the two centres have been withdrawn.

Of these qualifications, 654 had been used to obtain an SIA licence. The Security Industry Authority has written to licence holders to explain that they have a 28-day period to gain a valid qualification or their licence will be revoked.

Dave Humphries – the Regulator’s director of compliance, intelligence and communication – said: “The SIA, our awarding organisation partners and the qualifications regulator Ofqual take malpractice issues around training very seriously. The allegations came to light earlier this year suggesting that training providers Get Licensed and Adult Learning Network Ltd were involved in malpractice between October 2010 and May 2011. While training malpractice is not endemic, this recent investigation demonstrates that we will not allow people to think that they can get away with it.”

Full and thorough investigation conducted

Jason Sprenger, HABC’s chief executive, stated: “HABC received allegations of malpractice within ALN, AAB Training and Get Licensed. Upon receipt of the allegations, we carried out a full and thorough investigation in partnership with the SIA. This included analysis of test papers and interviews with tutors and learners. We found substantiated evidence of malpractice and consequently withdrew more than 1,000 HABC Level 2 Awards in Door Supervision across all three organisations.”

Sprenger added: “HABC is firmly committed to ensuring the integrity of our qualifications is maintained at all times and takes any abuse very seriously. We will not hesitate to take immediate and proportionate action against any centre found to be actively participating in malpractice.”

Mike Britnell, the interim CEO at Skills for Security, has also commented on this development.

“Skills for Security remains concerned that a very small number of training providers still believe they can get away with this sort of malpractice,” stated Britnell.

“We will work tirelessly with industry employers, awarding organisations and the SIA to eliminate bad practice whenever we can, and to ensure that only properly trained and qualified security personnel are employed in our industry.”

Helpline for the affected learners

HABC has set up a Helpline for the affected learners. The telephone number to call is 01302 363154.

  • SIA licence holders must correspond with the SIA – if they do not then their licence may be revoked

Bridgegate Security Training Centre will be allocating additional Physical Intervention training events to cater with those needing to retake the unit within the next 28 days.

Contact us now to register your interest.

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