Skills for Security, the skills body for the private security industry, has announced a new range of HR and employment law courses, designed to help security organisations raise their compliance levels and reduce risk.

As with other industries, organisations within the security sector have a need to be compliant with employment law – a complex and often-changing field. To help, Skills for Security has launched a range of HR and employment law training courses.

The courses cover a comprehensive range of topics, from handling employees’ grievances to managing poor performance. Chief executive of Skills for Security, Peter Sherry, says that the intention is to help organisations with as many key employment issues as possible. “Employment law covers a vast range of topics,” says Sherry, “so we’ve focused on those most frequently needed – those topics at the top of most organisations’ HR compliance agendas.”

The courses have been developed by Beers LLP – one of the leading law firms in the South West of England. The courses are delivered by practising law solicitors from Beers – people who ‘walk the walk’ on a daily basis. Their approach goes beyond the theoretical, enabling them to provide real insights and practical advice.

“Organisations coming to these courses will often be seeking answers to real-life questions,” says Sherry. “It’s essential that our trainers are able to answer those questions. Indeed, that’s a core part of each course.”

The sessions are highly interactive, taking what is often perceived to be a dry topic and ensuring that people remain engaged by working through questions and specific issues. This also means that they are accessible to everyone – though they can also be tailored for delegates at a senior level (who need a more strategic approach) or for second- and third-line managers who are more focused on practicalities. In addition, courses can also be tailored to an organisation’s specific HR and employment law needs.

“Organisations are busy,” says Sherry. “They need to be compliant, they want answers, but they don’t want to become legal experts. We focus on what’s important to them.”

This also means that Skills for Security can deliver the courses, if required, to organisations in other sectors. “Our remit is, of course, to help build skills in the security sector – but we can help other organisations too,” concludes Sherry.

The courses are available now, from Skills for Security. They include:
● Handling employees’ grievances
● Handling disciplinary matters
● Equal opportunities and diversity training
● Managing absenteeism and sickness
● Managing poor performance
● Family-friendly rights (maternity, paternity, parental and other family leave)
● Recruitment (including immigration requirements and contracts of employment)
● Handling redundancies
● Employment law updates