Security Industry Association Unveils Comprehensive Plan to Grow Security Talent Pipeline

Don Erickson

SIA has been working on a number of separate initiatives to help companies tackle that challenge, and now SIA has pulled them together in a coordinated effort to grow the pipeline for security talent.

The Security Industry Association (SIA) today unveiled a comprehensive plan to assist its members to “Grow the Security Talent Pipeline.” By grouping resources for workforce development under one umbrella plan, SIA intends to augment its capabilities to help security companies—manufacturers, integrators, service providers, and others—to hire qualified talent.

“When SIA members provide feedback on their challenges, they consistently rank identifying and hiring qualified personnel as a top concern,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “SIA has been working on a number of separate initiatives to help companies tackle that challenge, and now SIA has pulled them together in a coordinated effort to grow the pipeline for security talent. SIA will continue to add to these efforts going forward.”

The following elements fall under the comprehensive plan to Grow the Security Talent Pipeline.

Working with Community Colleges. In 2016, SIA partnered with Mercer County Community College (MCCC) to develop a degree program featuring project management, sales, product technology and security integration classroom and lab instruction. SIA will license the degree program, Systems Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree in Security Systems and Technologies, and its related curriculum to community colleges nationwide. Learn more about the MCCC degree program at http://www.mccc.edu/catalog/programs/SECURITY_SYS_AAS.pdf. Contact SIA Director of Education Kimberly Roberts for more info at kroberts(at)securityindustry.org.

Creating the new SIA Academic Membership category for students and faculty. SIA created Academic Memberships for students to educate them about the security industry and to network with potential employers. SIA plans to target trade, technical and community college and engineering program students as potential members. Meanwhile, SIA Academic Memberships for faculty help professors connect directly with industry to stay atop trends and align educational requirements with future…

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