Recruitment is a key issue in any industry. Finding, training and then retaining the best talent is what all businesses strive to achieve. Considering the security industry is only 10% female, there is a huge, untapped market of potential candidates.
This month we have been talking to key women within SecuriGroup and posting blogs showing their perspective.
We are hoping to address the lack of representation in security roles by showcasing some of the key women in the organisation. This campaign aims to raise awareness of the opportunities a career in the security industry can provide, and make people who have probably never considered a career in the security industry see the diverse options available to them.
Profile: Tina - Senior Events Supervisor
Tina is one of the longest-serving members of the SecuriGroup community having been with the organisation since 2002. Over the years she has shown the dedication and skill to progress to the role she is in today, from Event Steward to Senior Events Supervisor.
Originally joining SecuriGroup as a student, Tina is now an Accountant. She continues to work with SecuriGroup part-time, managing a large team who run event security for a major Glasgow arena.
On event days, Tina runs the show; providing briefing debriefing to stewards and supervisors, managing uniform allocation, ensuring all paperwork is with the relevant staff members, down to site walk-rounds and checking in with all the frontline staff.
"I really enjoy the unpredictability of my day."
Starting in Security & Progression
Tina joined SecuriGroup while studying for her Accountancy degree in 2002. Her first shift was scanning tickets for the campsite entry at T in the Park.
Recognising her potential, Tina was asked to supervise when she returned the following year, working within a team on the main gate entrance.
Looking back on the experience, she highlights the invaluable support she received in this new role from two other supervisors:
"They provided some amazing advice, particularly in how to read people's body language and understanding the situation you were involved in."
One of the key responsibilities of supervision became clearer: supporting your staff and focusing on their welfare.
Later, Tina joined the team at Falkirk Football Club and was responsible in time for the management of the south stand, the main stand, eventually joining the response team for the whole stadium. Even now, Tina continues to work Falkirk games when she can.
Three years ago, SecuriGroup won the contract for Braehead Arena, a major venue which hosts various events from Disney on Ice, X Factor, WWE Wrestling, Ice Hockey
Having shown her abilities throughout her career with SecuriGroup, Tina was asked to head up an extensive team of 25 stewards.
"It was a bit daunting to take that step up – where everyone was looking to me to answer all the questions – but I had great support to assist me in this transition".
Tina's commitment and hard work have been clear for all to see. Her positive approach has continued to lead to more and more responsibility and internal progress.
As a key member of the Events Department, SecuriGroup has invested in Tina once again, including her in the prestigious training course for a Level 4 Safety Officer qualification.
Looking ahead to a busy summer and the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, Tina has been entrusted with running the Merchant City venue throughout August.
"When you add the general public into the mix, they will always surprise you. This could be wanting you to join in their fun and photos, to wishing you a safe day."
"I understand the challenges of events – coming up through the positions, from steward to my role – but if we all work as a team, and we are there to support each other and continue to make each other smile, a good team can do anything."
The Best Advice:
"The best advice I have received is just to be yourself and continue within this industry as long as you enjoy it. I think knowing your own strengths and weaknesses is invaluable because success is about learning from one another, sharing skills and improving.
No-one in this industry is perfect. We all need a supporting team to work with and be part of.
My advice for making things happen in your career is to decide where it is you want to go, and work hard to get there. Show your line managers what you can do, don't be afraid to ask for advice, and take up training opportunities when they arise".
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