At an inaugural degree presentation ceremony, hosted at Pride Park, the employees were the first in the UK to receive the Applied Professional Studies in Crowd Management foundation degree, which Showsec developed in partnership with UDC.
Showsec's aim was to form a clear development path for its employees going from a steward role into senior management, as part of its management development programme.
Keith Hackett, Showsec’s manager of the programme, said: "This graduation is a proud moment for the company, it is the fruition of five years investment to create a groundbreaking course and qualification with a content-relevant degree syllabus.
"We’ve worked with UDC to include innovative processes, such as thought provoking classroom sessions challenging current security and crowd management procedures, and taking input from external industry experts to ensure we are at the cutting edge of thinking relating to the specific skills required by professionals in an evolving live events industry."
He explained the programme incorporates a different blend of learning methods, including real-time operational learning experiences at major events and festivals, on-the-job mentoring, and the company’s E-Learning platform.
Showsec’s managing director Mark Harding was invited to present the industry address at the presentation ceremony.
He said: "Today is the culmination of individual achievement, company investment and the delivery of commercially relevant education. These fifteen graduates are the first in a stream of operational staff taking this new foundation degree, setting a new benchmark for the industry and elevating the strength in depth of our operational team to a new level.
"Combining personal development with the company’s ambitions has been fundamental to the success of the program."
Harding added that the company would release its next programme in the autumn for its more senior managers.
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