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Eight learners join team of women security personnel at Liverpool Cruise Terminal 

26 Apr 2024

Eight learners have gained security roles at Liverpool Cruise Terminal, joining the growing team of women security personnel, after they took part in a bespoke course developed by the Growth Company.

Working in partnership with Carlisle Support Services and Jobcentre Plus Merseyside, the Growth Company developed the course to give learners an in-depth overview of the skills necessary to enter the security sector.

The tailor-made programme covered Level 1 Customer Service, Health & Safety in the workplace, teamwork and interview prep, as well as supporting with the heavily regulated Security Industry Authority (SIA) process, which can be a stumbling block for many.

Speaking about the experience, learner Phina said: “The learning was exactly what you need to feel confident prior to entering for your SIA badge and entering what for me will be a completely new work environment. I am made up that I came on this course. Thank you one and all for a very positive, lifechanging experience.”

The learners have since completed a further five days of SIA training to obtain their licenses, covering emergency first aid, conflict management, emergencies and more, and have now started in their roles with Carlisle Security Services, where they will be based at Liverpool Cruise Terminal.

Michele Abraham, Business Advisor and Employer Engagement Manager, said: “It was a pleasure to support this group of ladies, they all gave 100% dedication to their learning and their attitude and commitment was a testament to their own success. As an industry traditionally dominated by men, the increasing presence of women in the security sector is crucial and I’m pleased that we were able to support this.”

According to Statista, as of April 2024, there were 432,282 active SIA licence holders in the United Kingdom, of which 385,158 were men, and only 47,124 were women.

The learners have joined Carlisle Support Services’ growing team of women security personnel, playing a key role in addressing the gender imbalance in the security sector.

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