Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, the internationally known interview training organisation has formed a partnership with ORIS Academy. After seven successful years in exclusive partnership with Cardinal Security, WZ EU will move across to partner with ORIS Academy – a division of the ORIS Group which was originally funded by the Cardinal Group and is now a stand-alone business – to allow the two companies to aggressively expand their offerings within the EU market.
As part of these new plans Alan Grocott will become the new face for Wicklander-Zulawski Europe training for the UK and Europe.
WZ EU welcomes to its staff one of the most respected UK retail LP professionals, Alan Grocott. Alan started his professional career as a detective with Greater Manchester Police then moved into retail Loss Prevention at HMV and NEXT. Alan was also involved in the development of ORIS Forums before accepting the WZ EU posting.
Alan has used the Wicklander-Zulawski Non-confrontational Interview training techniques with powerful effects at his previous posting. He can speak with great confidence on the impact the training had on his staff. In his new role he will head up and deliver the WZ EU Non-confrontational Interviewing programmes in the UK and Europe.
Alan Grocott will also be the face of the Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) in the UK and Europe. The Foundation has established a set of LP certifications for the UK retail industry, LP Qualified and LP Certified. The certification programme originated in the US and is being launched in the UK at the end of June 2015. Wicklander-Zulawski provides the interview chapters for the LPF certifications and supports the professionalisation of the loss prevention industry.
Director of WZ EU, Chris Norris, CFI, who returns to Arizona from the UK in the autumn, said this week: “I can return home knowing that the brand and reputation of WZ EU are in great hands. Alan has been working closely with me in recent months and the breadth of his experience and knowledge makes him an ideal champion of taking the WZ Non-Confrontational Interview training programme forward in the UK and Europe.”
Louise Kadege, MD of ORIS said: “There is a synchronicity between WZ and LPF because they are both about bringing on the next generation of LP managers and raising the game of the profession. LP is a greatly misunderstood role in retail, despite the fact that it touches every department in the business – from Finance to Legal, HR, Health and Safety, Merchandising and Operations.”
The hugely popular and successful Wicklander-Zulawski Non-confrontational Interview Techniques training courses and the well-respected LP Foundation certifications will become part of the newly formed ORIS Academy – a business launched this year to professionalise the UK retail industry by providing the very best in education and awareness for loss prevention professionals. ORIS Academy is a part of the already successful ORIS group of companies which includes ORIS Forums and ORIS Media.
The purpose of the ORIS group of companies is to facilitate opportunities for collaboration and education within the retail risk space with the ultimate goal of driving down losses and improving bottom line profits of the businesses they work with. LP Magazine Europe is brought to the market by the ORIS Media brand and is another vehicle used to promote education and awareness across the sector. Wicklander-Zulawski Europe has a regular interviewing column in LP Magazine Europe.
ORIS has big ambitions for 2016. The business will be focused upon training more LP professionals in the WZ Non-confrontational Interview Techniques and increasing signatories to the Loss Prevention Foundation’s certifications.
Kerinda Trigg, Group Sales & Marketing Director, for the Cardinal Group said – ‘’We pride ourselves on being ahead of the game in the world of loss prevention and security. This is part of the exclusive relationship we have held with WZ over the recent years. It is now time for WZ EU and ORIS to embark on a new chapter of growth, ambition, and opportunity. We are very proud of what Cardinal Security has achieved with the WZ EU brand and now is the right time to combine the strengths of WZ EU and ORIS to position them for even greater success.”
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