Getting that first Bodyguard Job

Once you complete your bodyguard training getting your first bodyguard Job will obviously be high on your list of priorities. However there are a couple of things you need to do immediately after your training. First you need to apply for and receive your licence before applying for any positions.

Getting a licence from the SIA ( Security Industry Authority) in the UK should in theory take less than 4 weeks but many wait 8 weeks and some close protection officers have waited 12 weeks before their licence arrives! You should bear this delay in mind if you are considering giving up your regular job whilst waiting for your licence. It could well be many months between finishing your expensive bodyguard training and earning from your first bodyguard job.

The best advice for finding that first job is to initially avoid the internet. Start with the paid advertisements in your local telephone directory, look under “Security” as well as “Detective Agencies” and see who offers “Bodyguards” or “Close Protection” as a service. When approaching local companies interviews can be arranged easily and quickly, they will let potential employers put a face to a name and because they know that you can be called upon to work at very short notice this can have a very positive effect on your job prospects. When you initially call, tell them you are local and ask if you can send them a CV/Resume most companies will say yes. During this call ask who you should send the CV to. It would be nice to get a name so that you can personalise that CV cover letter, but chances are you will just be told to send it to “Personnel” or Human Resources”

Send the CV out, wait a couple of days and then follow up with a call, ask if they got the CV, tell them you would like to come along for an interview. At this point they might say that they are not recruiting at present, but insist as strongly as you dare that you would like to pop in and let them meet you. Its important that you do get a face to face meeting as this will increase your chances of getting a call when they do get a contract in. Start doing the exact same process moving further and further away from home, keep a diary and schedule a call to everyone who has your CV every four weeks or so and gently remind them that you are there and looking for work. Some companies will be more receptive to your repeated calls, but if you feel that you are annoying a potential employer then maybe increase the interval between calls to couple of months or so. Some newly trained bodyguards find that securing that first bodyguard job is the hardest part of their career and plenty give up before they do. The harder you work at it the luckier you will get! Once you have the experience of that first bodyguard job added to your CV the second job will be easier, and the third easier than that.

Who is The Best Close Protection Training Provider?

I am asked this question on an almost daily basis. 20 years ago It was easy ; when myself and Peter Consterdine were involved in training there were only one or two companies offering anything like realistic training that would hold up in the real world. Things have changed, the last time I looked on the Security Industry Authority website there were 79 registered training providers. Clearly some of these will be better that others, I have cut the list from the SIA website and pasted it below.

Have you trained with any of these organisations? How was it?, did you feel that it was good value for money, please feel free to leave comments below.

Adro Partnership City & Guilds Gloucester 01452 886410
Advanced Safety Training Services Edexcel West Malling 0800 0897055
AKE Ltd Edexcel Hereford 01432 267 111
Akona Limited Edexcel Widnes 020 7978 1190
AMA Associates Edexcel Chorley 01257 231 172
Amerex Security Edexcel London 0800 496 1215
Anubis Associates Ltd Buckinghamshire New University Hereford 01432 851656
APG Security Edexcel Manchester 0161 653 3141
Argus Europe Ltd Edexcel Hartlepool 01429 839293
Armour Group International PLC/Phoenix City & Guilds Lugwardine 01432 850223
Blue Wings Training and Employment Edexcel Wolverhampton 01902 422315
Britam Defence Ltd City & Guilds London 020 7610 0111
Change Security Edexcel London 020 7397 8351
CIA Excel Group Edexcel Belfast 028 90530160
Clearwater Special Projects Edexcel Shrewsbury 01743 719 109
Clearwater Special Projects Buckinghamshire New University Shrewsbury 01743 719109
Close Protection Operations Edexcel London 020 7993 6032
Condition Training Edexcel Bacup 01706 876900
Confederation of Professional Licensees Edexcel Birkenhead 0151 6506910
Control Risks Group Ltd Edexcel London 020 7970 2211
Controlled Training Solutions Edexcel Manchester 0161 868 8183
CTR Services Ltd Buckinghamshire New University Norwich 01493 888356
Delta Security Limited City & Guilds Wotton-Under-Edge 01453 520 034
Emergency Response Services Edexcel Hereford 01432 271 584
Emergency Response Services Edexcel Merseyside 07050 377955
Exclusafe Ltd Edexcel Manchester 0161 748 1354
Genric Security Training Edexcel Hereford 0870 429 4770
Goose CP City & Guilds Hereford 01432 268606
Greymans Edexcel Reading 0870 7668424
Interconnective Edexcel High Wycombe 01494 446935
Longmoor Group Buckinghamshire New University London 020 7947 3306
Meido Ltd Edexcel London 020 7372 9866
Mercury Associates Ltd Edexcel Huddersfield 01484 423358
New College Swindon Edexcel Swindon 01793 611 470
NFPS Ltd Edexcel Hayling Island 023 924 60815
NIBSSS Buckinghamshire New University Lisburn 02892 668486
North Devon College Edexcel Barnstable 01271 338025
Northern Ireland Seals City & Guilds Belfast 028 9048 7766
Octaga Security Services Ltd Edexcel Iver Heath 01432 890592
Olive Group (UK) Limited City & Guilds London 020 7201 5560
Olive Security Training Centre LLC (USA) City & Guilds USA 001 662 449 4344
Olympus Security Ltd Buckinghamshire New University Cheltenham 01242 255383
One Touch Training Edexcel Enfield 0870 034 7333
Paragon CP City & Guilds Colwyn Bay 01492 583050
PDM/SAT Team Edexcel Newtownnards 028 918 19996
Principle Training Services City & Guilds West Bromwich 0121 525 8984
Professional Bodyguard Association Edexcel Willington 07896 740090
Professional Witnesses Ltd Edexcel Manchester 01942 889998
Protective Security International Ltd Edexcel Tidworth 01980 849 495
Response Security Training Ltd Edexcel London 020 7580 3419
Risks Contained Ltd Edexcel Southampton 08704 285 797
Ronin Concepts Ltd Edexcel Hereford 01432 355 414
Ronin Protective Services City & Guilds County Down 028 9039 5918
Ronin Protective Services (South Africa) City & Guilds South Africa 028 9039 5918
Safe and Secure Training City & Guilds Newport 07967 967471
Safe and Secure Training Edexcel Newport 07967 967471
Safe and Sound UK Ltd City & Guilds Trowbridge 01225 774 008
Satt Limited Edexcel Batley 01924 502 458
Security Industry Associates Ltd Edexcel Grimsby 01472 580147
Security Training Centre (UK) Ltd Edexcel Gainsborough 01427 619521
Shadow Security & Surveillance Ltd Edexcel Bromley 0800 0567468
Shield Security Consultants Buckinghamshire New University Stoke on Trent 01785 226604
Shield Security Consultants Edexcel Stafford 01785 226604
Show and Event Security Ltd Edexcel Enfield 020 8804 5058
Sion Resources Ltd Buckinghamshire New University Charing 01233 714008
Specialist Security & Training Ltd Edexcel London 020 8460 8884
SRS International Group Ltd Edexcel Hereford 08702 405146
SST Facilities Edexcel Sevenoaks 0845 617 0070
Success Training City & Guilds Glasgow 0141 248 2850
Symbionet Security Services Edexcel London 020 7231 7677
Task International Edexcel London 0114 2702498
Task Intersec Ltd City & Guilds Northern Ireland 028 437 51234
The Anvil Group City & Guilds Belfast 028 90 394 121
The Leadership Development Centre Edexcel Salford 0161 278 2413
The Nemesis Group Buckinghamshire New University Warwickshire 0870 141 7277
The Security Training Academy Ltd City & Guilds Norwich 0845 230 8550
The Whelan Corporation Edexcel Pontefract 01977 648394
Universal Security Solutions Ltd Edexcel Preston 01772 712900
Wilplan Training Ltd Edexcel Wigan 0845 0095647