Following the success of IFPO's first free webinar, host Dr. Glen Kitteringham will present the second in the monthly series, titled Career Planning in Security: Resources, which will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 10 am Eastern Time.
One of the great failures of the security industry over the past several decades has been the lack of career planning guidelines and opportunities for security practitioners. There is a high turnover particularly within the front lines as expectations often do not match training or salaries: meaning expectations are often high with training and salaries are low.
However, the reality is that every sector of the economy has a corresponding security role. There are jobs aplenty, despite the challenges and obstacles. The security sector has excellent career opportunities for those prepared to put the work into planning their careers.
For those wishing to get ahead, there is a considerable amount of training and educational opportunities on a global basis. With the pandemic, online learning is poised to provide access to security personnel. There has also been an explosion of ‘free’ content in the form of webinars, online documents, career planning documents, job postings, that people can access to assist them.
Some of the issues include:
- Identifying barriers to career progression.
- Identifying opportunities for career progression.
- Recognizing the difference between a job and a career.
- What resources are available to individuals?
- What skills and competencies are necessary to be successful?
- Navpreet Sidhu: Manager, Security and Life Safety, BentallGreenOak Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- Brad Joly: Account Manager Garda World, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
The International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) is dedicated to providing meaningful and cost effective security training for security guards and protection officers.
We believe that education is a necessary and essential part of professional security training and the security officer’s background. IFPO serves individuals, security companies, and organizations that have their own private security staff. Our students and members benefit from the recognition and standing that the prestigious IFPO certification conveys.
International Foundation for Protection Officers Mission Statement
Mission Statement Part I.
The International Foundation for Protection Officers provides professional learning opportunities for security practitioners, to impart the knowledge, skills, and competencies required to maximize job performance and enhance career potential.
Purpose: to make a positive difference in the quality of the participant’s job performance and elevate the professional status of students who partake of our learning opportunities.
Business: to supply committed security practitioners with a quality education to help achieve their highest potential and provide recognized accreditation for successful completion of educational goals.
Values: commitment, integrity, responsibility, and standards of excellence, provide the platform that supports our journey as we pursue our mission.
Commitment to Excellence: To be the recognized center of excellence and primary provider of education and training products and services to the security industry.
Mission Statement Part II.
“The International Foundation for Protection Officers is committed to the support and professional development of protection officers and supervisors. Through advocacy, promoting training standards, and providing accessible training, education and certification opportunities, we seek to enhance their professional standing as well as increase and diversify the value of the vital services they provide.”