There’s great news for anyone who’s intending to re-train in the New Year. With reduced charges implemented to obtain your SIA License there’s never been a better time to include a new career in your plans for 2012.

There’s great news for anyone who’s intending to re-train in the New Year. With reduced charges implemented to obtain your SIA License there’s never been a better time to include a new career in your plans for 2012. The SIA Chairman Ruth Henig highlighted the plans in a recent statement; “We are very aware of the challenges faced by both businesses and licensed individuals in this difficult climate. We have held current fee levels for four years, and I am very pleased to now announce these reductions in the licence fees. We are committed to driving down costs in the new regime and this is the first step in that process.”

To compliment this statement by the SIA Chairman Home Office minister Lynne Featherstone said; “The Government has set a clear challenge to all its agencies and other bodies to ensure they are proving the best possible value for money. So I have been very impressed to hear how the SIA has been working to improve its practices and processes to ensure that they are as efficient as possible. The reduction in these fees will no doubt be welcomed by the 360 thousand people who hold a valid licence and the businesses that employ them.”

All new candidates will be able to take advantage of this reduction whether you have trained as a Door Supervisor, Security Guard or as CCTV Operative from the 1st January 2012. In order to benefit from this reduction if you have already submitted your application you can withdraw it now and re-apply in the New Year, but remember you cannot work in the Security Industry until you have your valid license. If you are renewing your license and are currently employed do not delay your renewal application, the current fee applicable is far cheaper than a £5,000 fine so, if you are working, be sure you are covered by a valid license.

2011 has seen some extraordinary changes in Security Training not least of all that earlier in the year the SIA, and its affiliated training providers were so highly praised by the Government that a decision was made that the functions of the SIA need no longer be performed by the Government and the responsibility of improved regulation should be handled independently by the Security Industry its self.

Although the Government will still play an active role in consultation, this decision is further proof of just how far the industry has progressed.

Anyone who trained this year with Get Licensed will be fully aware of the high standards that need to be met throughout the industry and the exceptional career opportunities there are for the future once you have your SIA License. Everyone who reads the news will be aware of what 2012 means to the UK, and if you’ve kept up with the detail here or on other news channels you’ll no doubt be conscious of the ever increasing need for security personnel required for the up-and-coming Olympic Games, an extraordinary opportunity for anyone who holds an SIA License to take part in a truly historic event.

If you’ve recently trained and received your licence you’ll no doubt have been looking around for vacancies available in the industry and preparing to apply for jobs. Regardless of the huge number of opportunities there are available in this fast growing industry of ours preparation is still key to making your application a success. At Get Licensed we recognise how complex job applications can be that’s why, to improve our customer service initiatives we’ve introduced CViZ.

In the current climate, a well prepared resume of your qualifications is crucial to stand-out from the crowd that’s where CViZ will help; it’s about making your CV an irresistible and entirely visible part of your application. The Get Licensed CV builder is designed to help you, in a few simple steps, to prepare a totally polished and professional CV that all HR departments, managers or recruitment officers are sure to read. Having a great CV ready to hand also means you’re able to respond to a job application in seconds – you can even store your CV as a PDF on your android phone.

In closing we’d like to wish all our candidates the best of luck in the New Year and don’t forget to look back occasionally on our site either to find out all the latest industry news, job opportunities or to take advantage of further training to boost your career prospects.

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