ATLANTA, March 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- U.S. Security Associates ranks first in the security industry and 29th worldwide in its seventh consecutive year on Training magazine's Top 125 list of the global elite in employer-sponsored training and development programs. The 2013 Top 125 award finalists gathered in Orlando, Florida last week for the unveiling of company rankings at an invitation only, black tie awards gala at the Walt Disney World Coronado Springs Resort. Coming in at No. 29 on the official countdown to No. 1, U.S. Security Associates is well ahead of the only other security services company recognized in the 2013 Top 125.
Award candidates are evaluated on quantitative and qualitative benchmark data, including training technology and infrastructure, training budget and percentage of payroll, employee turnover and retention, and how closely a company's training and development efforts are linked to business goals and objectives.
"It's no coincidence that there are so many Fortune 500 companies and billion dollar businesses among the Training Top 125," observes Chuck Schneider, President and CEO of U.S. Security Associates. "The security services industry is one of many where excellence in training drives organizational growth and change. With every advance in training technology and resources, we foster our employees' growth and expertise as security professionals, in turn positioning our company to thrive and flourish through their commitment and enthusiasm."
In contrast to security guard firms that provide the minimum training to meet commercial and government contract requirements and pass training compliance audits, U.S. Security Associates is committed to continuously optimizing training programs to cultivate the skills and expertise essential for rewarding, long-term security careers. Alton Harvey, Senior Vice President, Global Accounts Division, notes, "Employee retention is imperative, because clients count on us to deliver the benefits of stability, consistency and institutional knowledge in their security programs. Promoting retention through career-focused training and development benefits our clients and employees and protects our investment in recruiting and affirmative action programs, background screening, and basic training."
The company just released another innovation in training for its security officers – a short segment training series that will enable more officers to benefit from advanced training, more often. With the public eye focused on threats like active shooters and workplace violence, clients and security professionals alike appreciate the flexibility and versatility of the newest addition to the top security company training and development program.
The January/February 2013 issue of Training magazine features a tribute to this year's winners, including in-depth profiles of the five top-ranked companies and information about the training efforts of all 125 winners.
ABOUT U.S. SECURITY ASSOCIATES
U.S. Security Associates (USA) is North America's security solutions leader, with 160 locally-responsive offices providing premier national security services and global consulting and investigations. The company provides career paths for over 46,000 security professionals serving several thousand clients and a range of industries. Innovative applications of leading-edge, proprietary technology enable USA to rank annually among the world's best training companies, meet the globally recognized ISO standard for quality management, and underscore world-class customer service with unparalleled accountability. USA's rise as one of today's largest security companies is a natural byproduct of these differentiators together with a commitment to investing in employee reward and development, giving back to local communities and relentlessly striving to be the best security company delivering Solutions for a Safer WorldTM. For more information, visit www.ussecurityassociates.com.
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