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At Churchill Security, we’re always looking for the best talent to join the Churchill family.


At Churchill Security, we’re always looking for the best talent to join the Churchill family.

We’re proud of the work we do and want to promote our sector as a place where anyone can build a fulfilling and exciting career. If you’re looking for a career change and are considering getting into the security industry, here’s everything you need to know.


The Role  

Security officers are responsible for protecting people and property from theft, illegal activity and harm. To do this effectively, security officers must have adequate training, patience, strong powers of observation and the ability to make decisions quickly. Additionally, they must have a keen sense of curiosity and demonstrable an ability to identify suspicious activity and deter or detain anyone with a criminal agenda. Strong people skills are also a must, as de-escalating situations before they turn violent or aggressive can also be a big part of the job description.

If this sounds like you, you could be on track for a varied and diverse career in the security industry.


Entry Requirements

To become a security guard, you’ll need to be aged 18 or above, able to pass identity and criminal record checks and must hold a valid  Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence. An SIA licence confirms that you are a “fit and proper” person capable of fulfilling a security role and have completed the appropriate training. It’s illegal to undertake any ‘licensable activities’ without first holding a licence.

If you have a criminal record, you’re not automatically disqualified from security officer roles. The SIA is responsible for deciding whether an offence should prohibit someone from entering the industry. To make its decision, the SIA assess the following criteria:

  1. Whether your offences are relevant to security industry work.
  2. The actual sentence or disposal given to you for your offence.
  3. And how recently the offence took place.

You can use the SIA’s free criminal record indicator to get a good idea of whether you’ll pass the criminality criteria.


Role Available

Throughout their career, security staff often find themselves in a wide range of roles. Some of these roles may require you to complete additional training or certification.

Some of these security roles include:

  1. Manned Guarding– guarding premises, property and people against criminal activity and harm.
  2. Cash and Valuables in Transit – securely transporting property or cash and protecting it from damage or theft throughout the journey  .
  3. Close Protection – protecting one or more individuals from assault, crime and injury.
  4. Airport Security – searching aircraft, passengers and luggage, and guarding airport boundaries.
  5. And Door Supervision – ensuring the safety and security of customers and staff in a licensed premise or public event.


Though these security roles are quite different, they each require some key transferable skills:

  1. The ability to write reports and follow written instructions.
  2. The confidence to challenge people when required.
  3. The ability to use initiative and make quick decisions.
  4. The ability to learn how to use technical equipment such as CCTV and baggage scanning machines.
  5. A reasonable level of fitness.

Additionally, holding a driver’s licence will make you a more desirable candidate and open you to more types of positions in different locations.


Career Path and Progression

With experience, security officers can advance to senior security officer positions, and then further into supervisory roles. With additional qualifications, you could progress into security management, training, or even set up your own security company.

The security industry is a growing sector in the UK and, despite the challenges of 2020 and COVID-19, we predict that it will continue to grow and expand in the future, just as it did before the pandemic. Private security is one of those services that is vital to society and will always be needed; so much so that some have called it the ‘fourth emergency service’.

The private security sector is also remarkable for its flexibility. In a sense, it is what you make it. Whether you’re looking for a long, fulfilling career or part-time hours, want to be on the ground or in the office, there’s something for everyone in the security sector.


Churchill Security is a leading cross-industry security company supplying professional and comprehensive security solutions to organisations seeking expert Security Guards, CCTV & Event Security, Key Holding & Alarm Response, Mobile Patrols and Thermal Imaging & People Flow.

To find out more about how Churchill Security can protect your business, contact us today.
















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Andy is an experienced operations and sales professional with over 20 years’ experience. As Churchill Security’s Operations Director, Andy is responsible for service delivery to new and existing clients throughout the UK, managing the 24 hour control room, the supervisory team and Operations Managers, and for driving efficiencies and best practice standards within the organisation.