Providing Security Officer Services

Modern Apprenticeship



The security sector provides the resources to keep people and property safe. It provides an important component in the fight against crime, antisocial behaviour and terrorism. It reflects and responds to changes in regulations and technologies.

Apprenticeship framework(s)

Your employee will study for a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 5.

Select Level 5 to see the framework document and qualification(s) at that level.

Entry requirements

It is important that all apprentices acquire a relevant SIA licence before or in the first few weeks of the apprenticeship. The sector is regulated by the Security Industry Authority, (SIA), and only licence holders are allowed to work in these roles (unless they are in an unregulated role with in the public sector). Candidates need to be age 18 or above to obtain an SIA licence.

Given the nature of the work, candidates will need to go through a criminal record check before being accepted onto the apprenticeship.

Progression and development

Apprentices could peruse a range of team leader/ supervisory qualifications avaliable and although generic, these could be contextualised for the security sector by the training provider. There is also a new standards-based apprenticeship being developed in England to meet the needs of employees progressing from security officer posts. There is a possibility that a similar development could take place in Scotland to develop an apprenticeship framework at SCQF level 6/7/8.

Apprentices may be able to move into different roles within their own company, or in other companies should the need arise. The more modules they attain in the SVQ, the wider the range of roles they could apply for. These could include working in any of the areas covered by the framework, moving into supervisory roles, moving into training and assessing roles.

How does it work?

Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study with a college or other learning provider.

Cost and funding

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider throughout the apprenticeship.

The training contribution calculator will show you our funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees aged 16 to 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet your business needs.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

How long will it take?

It will take between 12 and 24 months to complete.

Need information or advice?

Call our advisors to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.

0800 783 6000

Sounds right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

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