THE SECURITY Industry Authority (SIA) has opened the registration process for its free-to-attend 2021 National Conference. This year’s gathering, which is the SIA’s inaugural fully virtual flagship event, will take place on Wednesday 10 November and is the first time the regulator has hosted a forum of this size since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The theme of this year’s National Conference is ‘Opportunities for Improved Public Safety in a Post-COVID-19 World’. Attendance is open to all licensed security professionals and affords delegates an opportunity to engage with the new chair of the SIA, namely Heather Baily QPM.
Baily stated: “We’re very much looking forward to welcoming the industry to the SIA’s National Conference. We’ve planned a virtual format for the safety of delegates and tailored the agenda to the needs of the industry with a series of break-out sessions during the afternoon. I would encourage as many UK licensed security professionals as possible to sign up and join the discussion.”
The National Conference programme features sector-relevant topics for discussion and input from delegates, including:
*reflections on the events of the last 18 months, exploring lessons learned and implications for the future
*a progress update on the SIA’s Business and Corporate Plan and outline priorities for the remainder of the business year/ next 18 months
*an opportunity to network virtually, share experiences and discuss ideas/thoughts with representatives from across the private security industry
Key issues in focus
The break-out sessions on key issues of interest to the industry will focus on:
*the SIA’s approach to compliance, supervision and enforcement
*skills beyond licence-linked qualifications (including an update on the SIA’s skills strategy affecting individual licence holders, with a focus on apprenticeships, Continuing Professional Development and Centres of Excellence)
*the direction of the SIA’s voluntary approval schemes, including a briefing on some of the regulator’s thinking so far plus a follow-up of the review of the Approved Contractor Scheme that took place back in 2018
The day will end with a live Q&A session featuring Heather Baily, the SIA’s acting CEO Michelle Russell and directors from the executive team.
*Security professionals can reserve their place at the 2021 National Conference by clicking on this link. Keep up-to-date with National Conference news by following the hashtag #SIAConference2021 on social media