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Safety in security – Meet our Security Start participant Wafiy

Last year, we launched our Security Start Program as way to financially assist and encourage those looking to get started in the security industry.

The significant upfront costs to become a guard is often a deterrent, so we created a pathway that provides financial assistance for a select number of participants. This enables them to obtain their Security Officer Licence, while also guaranteeing a position at NPB on completion.

Thanks to CORE Security Group, participants are receiving the highest quality training to ensure they are prepared to enter the security workforce. As a fellow Western Australian business, NPB is proud to be working with CORE who are enabling us to successfully deliver the Security Start program.

Wafiy Omar is one of the latest participants to complete his course and commence work as a guard. When considering a second job to earn an additional income, Wafiy came across the Security Start Program. He reached out to his cousin who works for NPB, submitted his application and was selected to participate.

“If it wasn’t for David [NPB’s Director] and my cousin, I wouldn’t be in the situation I am,” Wafiy said.

“They have given me a very good opportunity to use it as a second income and have the chance to choose it in future as a full-time career.”

“I said to my partner recently that I’m so glad I got a security licence because there are so many jobs in the security industry and it has just opened up more opportunities for me. I’ve used security as a safety net, because I think it’s quite a big industry.”

Customer service is at the core of security work, and is something Wafiy enjoys delivering to patrons, drawing on his previous roles in sales and recruitment.

“I really enjoy the customer service side of things, I use my skills and experience to understand the customer’s situation, and then go from there,” Wafiy said.

“I also like to keep people safe in a customer service kind of way, not in a way where I am tough security guard, by drawing on my skills such as first aid, while keeping the venue safe.”

When considering whether to join the hospitality or security industry, the decision was made easy knowing there was no upfront financial commitment required with Security Start.

“The program is a good start to get you in the industry, it’s very hard to fork out $1,500 out of nowhere. NPB gave me a great opportunity to test the security industry and decide if I want to get into it as a full-time career,” Wafiy said.

Wafiy is a major advocate for the Security Start program and is currently assisting a former colleague to submit his application.

“It’s a great way to get started in an industry that is really peaking at the moment.”

“I’m still promoting Security Start. Going through the program with NPB is a good way to know if you like the industry or not, and you’ve got nothing to lose, so if you don’t like it, you just pay back the cost of the course.”

As Wafiy highlighted, the industry continues to grow with no signs of slowing down.

“We need security people everywhere, not just in clubs and nightclubs, but also in corporate areas, the airports, hotels, construction and mining,” Wafiy said.

“There is so much work out there, it’s an industry that’s never going to die.”

In addition to supporting those looking to commence work as a guard, NPB Security is trying to strengthen the industry in WA following unprecedented demand for security services.

Security work is a great option for those looking to earn a second income. If you know someone who might be interested more information about our Security Start Program is available here.

Security Start Success Story – Meet Steve Waddams

NPB launched their Security Start Program earlier this year as a way to help those looking to get started in the industry, with the significant upfront costs a common deterrent.

The pathway provides financial assistance for a select number of participants, enabling them to obtain their Security Officer Licence, with a guaranteed position at NPB on completion.

58-year-old Steve Waddams is the first person to complete the course and commence work with NPB Security. Having worked in a variety of roles over his career, in what he refers to as an ‘eclectic background’, Steve was in search of a new opportunity that provided stability and a decent income.

Now a qualified guard and working regularly with NPB’s client Dan Murphys, we caught up with Steve to find out about his experience of the program and how he is finding his new role.

Q. Why did you sign up for Security Start?
Steve: Firstly, it would guarantee that I would have a career. Even though I’m 58, it’s never too late to start something new.

 Security Start also appealed to me because it offers to pay for the course, which I’m then able to repay at a reasonable rate from my salary. It is a very helpful way to get started in the industry.

Q. What do you like about security work?
Steve: I love meeting people! Being a security guard means you can meet and greet people from all different backgrounds. I can chat with probably anyone on any level, so although you are in a position of authority, I find the job can be done in a very friendly and polite manner.

Q. How have you found working for NPB?
Steve: Excellent, I have really enjoyed it. They’ve given me as much work as I can handle and there is a great support network at NPB. I know the operations team work incredibly hard to please everyone.  They give you a lot of thought, crafting rosters to suit you – which is fantastic.

 Q. Would you encourage others to participate and how easy was the process?
Steve: Yes – I have already been encouraging plenty of people.

NPB use integrated training which makes it very easy, even for people like me who haven’t been in the classroom environment for 45 years. I was encouraged by Scott and David to take the opportunity and was given loads of confidence. I would highly advise anyone from 18 years of age to 65 to investigate the program and see if the training would suit them.

Q. Is there anything else you would like potential participants to know?
Steve: I think people should know about the support network at NPB. There is no I in team, from colleagues, to management, operations to reception, everybody has been ever-so-helpful. They are happy to share their own time to pass on advice, knowledge, and expertise, and I really do feel like part of the team and family working for NPB.

 Dave and Scott are very approachable as employers, as approachable as any colleague that I chat with, so they should be commended on that!


NPB Security is dedicated to making meaningful changes to the industry, ensuring the best available service for their clients. Several positions remain in the Security Start program. If you are interested, you can find out more and consider applying
here.