SIA’s Approved Contractor Scheme continues to raise standards

Members of the SIA’s Approved Contractor Scheme are continuing to raise standards, according to results published yesterday.

Statistics for the past 12 months show that there is an average improvement of 11 points across all approved contractors.

Every year all approved contractors, except for those on certain Passport schemes, must assess their performance against 89 individual indicators of achievement. At assessment, an independent assessor verifies these scores.

Andrew Shephard, assistant director of the Approved Contractor Scheme said:

“We now demand more from approved contractors and some examples of how we have raised the bar include:

  • A requirement to record and verify all income streams
  • A requirement to consider more factors when arranging insurance
  • A requirement to ensure all work permits and visa conditions are complied with
  • A requirement to maintain appropriate contact with the police

“Approved contractors are able to demonstrate to potential clients of security services that they are meeting the necessary requirements and that standards are increasing.”

The full 2011-2012 results can be found on the SIA’s website at www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/Pages/acs-scores.aspx.

Source: The SIA