Okay, so I want to shoot this video in response to what it is a very, very common question asked towards the staff at Vanquish Training Academy and that question is, what is the likelihood of me acquiring a job once I finished the training course? So the training course is the 21-day or the 15-day vanquish close protection course and obviously, people want to know if they are investing their money into that course, is it going to transpiring to a job afterwards.
Now, I hate this answer—when people answer question with this but the answer is honestly yes and no. So what I should do is probably explain a little bit about the background of the company and the recruitment policies that we currently have in place so that you can better understand as to what it is and why the answer is yes and no. So first of all, I want to go over the history of the Vanquish Group very, very briefly just so you understand what it is you are potentially getting yourself involved with.
The first company that was ever incorporated is Vanquish Security & Investigation Consultants. That company obviously provided both service of security and investigation services. It was initially set up as a security company but as unique selling point, we had an investigative wing which initially was only there to investigate any threats that our clients may receive. What happened surely after that was we decided to open our investigative services to the public and that took off in a really big way and we end up having to separate the company. So what you had was Vanquish Security & Vanquish Investigation Services. One of the very first problems we came up against with the investigation company was the people who was already working for our existing security operatives would say that, you know, they have been trained in surveillance. They have this qualification, that qualification. The reality was though when we were deploying people, the work quality that was coming to us was generally speaking very, very poor. So what we did was put together a very brief course which was held in the weekend, Saturday and Sunday, and that course was initially set up to enable people to adhere to our standard operating procedures, our report writing system so that all of our reports, all the reports that all the operatives would compile looked exactly the same to one and never part from obviously the content. So, very early on, we did start training people and that training course was for our existing operatives only. It came about that other people may be interested in attending one these courses so inevitably, we started reopening those doors to the public essentially and people are paying for training courses relatively early on.
So, at this point, once again, you got the security company and the investigation company. After a few months, we decided that we were no longer going to recruit anyone that has not done one of our own training courses. So people would approach us saying look, I’m ex police, ex-military I have this surveillance qualification, etc, etc, and we would always respond with look, the thing is if you want to come and work for us, you have to attend this training course. Now, it is kind of like a money making scheme but honestly, it was all to do with ensuring that our SOPs were adhered to, our reports were uniform of one another and actually that it everyone was just singing off of the same hymn sheet.
Further down the line, we decided that we were going to increase our amount of surveillance and PI-based training courses and as of the time of making this video, we have about five or six something as investigative-based training courses. What we later on decided to do was write a close protection course and what happened then was a few months after we launched the close protection course which by the way is application only, we decided that we were going to implement a very identical policy to the one investigation company to the security company in that we would no longer recruit anyone that has not done one of our own training courses. So now, at this point—investigation company that does not recruit anyone who has not done one of our training courses and now the security company implemented it in August 2016.
Going back to the structure of the companies though in before I think this began in the 2016 or mid 2016, we decided to incorporate the training company as its on entity and its own right so then there were three companies, security, investigation and training. The training academy is there obviously just to provide the operatives to those two companies. Those policies can be broken in very extreme circumstances and that might be that we have a staffing issue or something of that nature which could possibly happen. So it has not been broken yet at the time of making this video but it is something that can be broken should the board of directors decided to do so. The reason that the close protection course is application only is to ensure that we get the best available operatives. We do train people from more walks of life, people with military backgrounds, policing backgrounds but also civilians as well. We do not make our decision based on your abilities or your previous experience in those fields I have just mentioned, it is usually based upon your willingness to attend, your availability to attend and several other contributing factors.
So if you were successful in attending one of the courses that you applied, you successfully acquired the place on course and you would attend the course. If you successfully passed, you are an eligible to work for the investigation company and the security company for the 21-day course. If you do the 15-day course only, then obviously, you only acquire a security qualification/lessons and therefore you can only work for security company. The task delegation system that we have essentially what happens is every time a task comes in whether that be a surveillance task, a close protection task, residential security task, every single one of our operatives receive an email simultaneously with an email that contains a set amount of information on it. Essentially, what it is is the daytime, location, rate of pay and estimated duration and a couple other things. But essentially, from that email and that information I have just mentioned, you should be able to glean from that whether it is economically viable or desirable enough for you to actually do that task.
So going back to the original question, do we guarantee you work? Okay, it is a difficult one to answer and like I said, I hate the yes or no response but what we can guarantee you is work opportunities. If it turns out you do not want to take on those opportunities I presented to you for one reason or another, then that’s completely and entirely up to you as a freelance operative. We can’t force that upon you. What we would encourage anyone to do though, not to be a yes man or a yes woman but to try and make yourself available as much as possible. Your operations managers will appreciate that you’ll find that inevitably, you’ll gain and acquire more work from a positive response level. I answered this question recently an open day in Manchester and my response was, look, if you’ve got a family and you invested this money into a training course, should your application be successful, then really think about what it is you’re getting involved with and the work opportunities that are there. It’s very difficult for us as a business to tell you what opportunities are going to come up but we do guarantee that you will receive opportunities. Are they going to be opportunities that allow you to afford the lifestyle that you’re currently living or to relocate from one place to another? It’s impossible and I’m just being honest. It is absolutely impossible for us to tell you. If I was to say to you, I’m going to guarantee you’re going to get a full-time close protection role being paid £250 a day, that’s a complete lie. I can’t guarantee that at all. We do have a close protection tasks lined up. We do have residential security task lined up full time, part time and ad hoc, but the reality is, I can’t guarantee those here. We can’t as an organisation say to you that you are definitely going to be offered those roles that you want paying X amount of money because we can’t live with the downside of business, we would be lying to you. What I can say though, we are a growing business. We do have contracts with high net worth families with corporate clients, with record labels, one of the biggest record labels in the world actually, the BBC as an example. So work opportunity is in there. I do not want to say to you or mislead you in that this is a course for you because this is going to change your life. I can’t honestly say that. The work opportunities will come up. It’s up to you to put yourself forward and make yourself as available as possible. So should you be accepted onto one of our close protection courses whether that be just the 15-day course or the 21-day course, you’ll be eligible for different things because the 21-day course will give you a lot more qualifications and allows you to work for the investigation companies well it’s a security company in comparison to the 15-day course. So as an example, if he does do the 15-day course and you work for the security company, the kind of tasks that you can expect to receive notifications for are event security so we do lot of hire in event security for private clients as well as corporate clients as well. We typically work in places like Art Galleries, Stately Homes, usually in and around Central London, Central Manchester.
The other thing—roles you can expect full time, part time, long term, short term, ad hoc residential security roles for private individuals or private families and close protection roles, ad hoc, full time, part time once again, short term, long term. You’ll receive notifications about these tasks, so when you do, all the information you need to know will be on there in terms of how long it is expected to last and what the rate of pay is, the location, start time, start date, etc. If you do the 21-day course, you would be eligible to do other tasks for investigation companies such as technical surveillance countermeasures which is bug sweeping, counter & anti-surveillance tasks so sometimes they can cross over with security which is always very interesting, vehicular tracker deployments, and all these kinds of things. So if you do the bigger course, the longer course, then you do open yourself up for a lot more opportunities and I would honestly encourage anyone who’s considering doing the 15 days to try and make themselves available for the 21-day course because you do receive a lot more work opportunities, not even vast, but the qualifications you’ll have will make you more eligible to work for organisations as well. So I hope that answers the questions as honestly as possible. We tried to be open, we tried to be honest and we tried to be realistic with questions like that.
So, just to summarise, yes, I can guarantee you’ll receive work opportunities should you successfully attend and pass one of our training courses but really it’s up to you to make yourself available. I can’t actually guarantee that you’re going to receive the work opportunities that you want. The reason for that once again is because if we have a reduction in business then I’m going to be lying to you by saying that you will but the reality is that they are there and they are coming in all the time. So please take that as it is and again, if you got any questions, you can give us a call on 0800-619-8128 or go straight to vanquishacademy.com/close-protection-training and yeah, if you got any questions, someone will be more than happy to respond to you. The application if you want to apply directly for the courses at vanquishacademy.com/apply . Alright, best of luck. Thank you very much.