Security guard jobs pathway

Why be a Security Guard?

  • Sociable
  • Physical fitness and endurance
  • Keep the public and properties safe

What’s the job like?

Your duties will depend on where you work. You could:

  • patrol premises and secure doors, windows and other entrances
  • monitor CCTV cameras
  • respond to alarms
  • check staff and visitors in and out of buildings
  • guard cash or other valuables in a security vehicle
  • operate scanning equipment and devices, like at airports
  • search luggage
  • guard the boundaries of important facilities
  • Your working environment may be physically demanding and outdoors in all weathers.
  • You may need to wear a uniform.

What does the ideal candidate look like?

Key skills include:

  • customer service skills for challenging people politely but firmly
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • concentration skills to stay alert and aware of your surroundings
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand held device

What are the requirements needed to apply?

These are to confirm your identity and make sure you are suitable to hold a licence.

  • You will need to provide documents to prove your identity
  • You must be 18 or over
  • Have the right to work in the UK
  • You need to provide details of all the addresses you have lived at during the last 5 years

How will the Council help me?

We offer:

  • Careers advice coaching and support
  • Funded Door Supervisor SIA licence
  • Interview with employer at end of course

What actual jobs are available?

  • Security Guard
  • Doorperson

What are the development opportunities?

  • Supervisor, senior or chief security officer.

What employers are offering jobs in Waltham Forest?

  • Total Security Services
  • Regency
  • AP Security
  • Equans

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