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IPSA sponsored membership scheme

International Professional Security Association (IPSA) : 30 January, 2009  (Company News)
Professional body encouraging businesses to sponsor membership of the International Professional Security Association for their employees
The International Professional Security Association (IPSA) has launched a new initiative to encourage companies to offer their employees membership of a professional body as part of their staff benefits package. The Employer Sponsored Membership (ESM) Scheme creates a framework for companies to foster professionalism amongst staff through association membership, with the company looking after the administration on behalf of staff. The companies have the option of either paying membership fees as an employment benefit or giving staff the choice of membership with the company managing fees on behalf of staff through monthly payments made direct from wages.

To encourage companies to take part in the ESM Scheme, the IPSA website will be listing which companies are participating, with regular updates of related news. The scheme is open to any company which values its employees, irrespective of Association membership. The ESM Scheme also offers beneficial rates, as the administration involved is shared with the companies, taking advantage of technology to reduce the processing required.

Carlisle Security Services is the first new member of the scheme and has undertaken to pay for a minimum of one hundred employees to become IPSA individual members. Paul Trendall, Operations Director said "We recognise quality is paramount and investing in our people is essential. Working in partnership with IPSA is one of the ways we will ensure that we will stay at the top of our game."

The Employer Sponsored Membership Scheme was officially launched at Carlisle Security Service's "Contract Managers' Awayday" held on 28 January 2009 in Coventry. Justin Bentley, Chief Executive of IPSA, explained in earlier years many large employers with in-house security teams supported a similar scheme that allowed several thousand employees at all levels to become part of the move towards professionalism at that time. As guarding duties moved from in-house teams to contract guarding companies, the commitment to and investment in their staff has often been lost, especially in recent years as profit margins have been further eroded. The time has now come for companies to recognise the importance of promoting professionalism amongst staff.

Congratulating Carlisle as the first company to join the new scheme for employer sponsored membership of the Association, Justin Bentley, said "Participation in the scheme by Carlisle Security Ltd. is a courageous decision in these difficult times and I thank Richard and the Board for that initiative. I welcome those who will become members of IPSA and hope to see more of you at our events.

By introducing a new scheme to enable employers to demonstrate their commitment to raising the status of employees and rewarding performance, we at IPSA are offering the same range of benefits and advantages to these members as those enjoyed by all our members."

The Association is currently identifying member companies that would benefit from transferring to this scheme. Knights & Sons Security Limited is one such company, that is encouraging staff to take up individual membership and is likely to benefit from transferring to the new scheme. Companies such as G4S, where directors in the Middle East have been required in recent years to hold association membership, would also benefit.

Details of the scheme and how to take part are available from the IPSA website or by contacting the IPSA offices.
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