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College offering bodyguard training

MidKent College is the first college in the South East to gain approval from City and Guilds to operate level 3 bodyguard training.

The course is targeted at a range of security personnel

The new courses in close protection, which will soon be delivered from the college’s Rochester Riverside training centre in Medway, Kent, are being targeted at ex-military personnel, police officers, prison guards, experienced security operatives, unlicenced bodyguards and door supervisors. This is the first time the college has sought approval to deliver a short course of this kind, which could be made available to the public from as early as this month (January).

College spokeperson, Carole Carter, said: “In order to work within this highly competitive industry in the UK, you must hold a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence. This licence can only be applied for after the completion of an accredited close protection course like the one we will be delivering at the college.

“Those who complete the course and are successful in their application for a licence could end up working with celebrities, royalty, MPs, embassy staff or visiting dignitaries,” she added.

The college, which already offers courses in CCTV operations, door supervision and security guarding, will be delivering the new training in partnership with Protector Network. “This isn’t a qualification colleges would normally have the expertise to deliver,” Mrs Carter continued. “The course, which covers tactical communications and conflict management, could also lead to counter-terrorism training.”

The intensive training programme will be held over 16 days and will cost in the region of £2,000. Those interested or requiring more information should contact Carole Carter at the college on
01634 383133.

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