ECC signs MOU with Security Administrators Limited (SAL)

Excelsior Community College (ECC) has established a partnership with Security Administrators Limited (SAL) to offer security training which will give accredited certification to security guards. This partnership was formalised through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by Captain George Reynolds, Managing Director of SAL, and Philmore McCarthy, Principal of ECC. The MOU was signed on February 5, 2016 at the main campus of ECC, 137 Mountain View Avenue, Kingston 3.

The signing at ECC's Boardroom: (left) ECC Principal Philmore McCarthy & (right) SAL Managing Director Capt. George Reynolds

Pursuant to the Private Security Regulation Authority (PSRA) Act 1992 and the PSRA Regulations, all security guards are required to submit evidence of their training and certification in the form of a certificate from an approved PSRA Trainer effective January 1, 2016. Training and certification will change the image of security guards allowing them to be classified as professionals.

The MOU outlines that ECC and SAL will collaborate in training the island’s security guards whom City & Guilds through SAL will then internationally certify. With a City and Guilds’ certification, security guards will not only be qualified to seek employment in Jamaica, but will also be able to seek employment throughout the Caribbean and Europe.

SAL is the security provider at Kingston Wharves and Port Bustamante and provides specialist anti-narcotic security on vessels in Kingston and Montego Bay. The company has been the leading provider of Maritime Security and related services in Jamaica for almost 2 decades. SAL’s performance has resulted in a proven record of achievement that has made them an integral part of the shipping industry in Jamaica and the region.

The benefits of this collaboration are many, but of priority is the knowledge that individuals who enroll in this programme will gain local and international certification in addition to all learning resource facilities at ECC. They will acquire, for example, valuable learning experiences, be exposed to qualified lecturers and industry experts, state-of-the-art technology and learn how to apply these benefits to the security industry.
Principal Philmore McCarthy, has assigned Gwyneth Jackson HOS, SOBES and Canute White Director Safety & Behavioural Management to be the coordinators of the programme and has stated that he believes that this initiative is a timely one, as it complements the mandate of the College: Transforming Lives, Nurturing Global Citizens.

The team from left: ECC programme coordinators Canute White Director of Safety & Behavioural Management, Gwyneth Jackson Head of School of Business & Entrepreneurial Studies, ECC Principal Philmore McCarthy, SAL Managing Director Capt. George Reynolds and Legal Counsel KW Group Anna Harry.