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Axis Academy partners with Great Ormond Street Hospital to provide First Aid training

The Axis Academy is working with Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to deliver First Aid training courses for the latter’s its Young People’s Forum (YPF). 

The YPF was established for patients, ex-patients and siblings of patients who have been looked after at GOSH and a number of other hospitals around the UK, including Birmingham Children’s Hospital. It’s designed for 11 to 25 year olds who want to have fun, meet new people and learn new skills, with one of the skills on offer this year being offered via a First Aid/CPR course delivered by The Axis Academy. The first training course took place on Saturday 14 October.

The First Aid session was developed by the dedicated training team at The Axis Academy. The company also delivers a number of accredited First Aid courses through one of the UK’s leading Awarding Organisations, namely Qualsafe Awards, ensuring both the quality and formal recognition of learning. The First Aid courses are just some of the many regulated courses that are now being offered to Axis Group’s clients and any businesses looking to support staff learning and development.

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Duaine Taylor, head of learning and development at The Axis Academy, is extremely pleased to be supporting GOSH and its YPF. “The YPF aims to further the enjoyment and skills of young people connected to GOSH and many other childrens’ hospitals throughout the UK,” asserted Taylor. “We’re very pleased to have been chosen to help with this worthwhile cause. The day was a great success with approximately 80 children from all over the UK in attendance. It was a jam-packed day of presentations and talks. Attendees were split into smaller groups and divided between the sessions. All participants walked away with a certificate in recognition of their new skills.”

The Axis Academy is already helping to develop the careers of Axis Security, Acuity and Axis Cleaning and Support Services employees by delivering an extensive range of courses. In partnering with GOSH, the business is furthering its goal of offering services to clients, third party providers and private individuals.

In addition to First Aid, other courses provided by The Axis Academy are categorised under the fundamentals of Customer Service, Fire Safety, Health and Safety, Security and Supervisor and Management courses. More sector-specific courses are tailored within each of these categories, for example Control and Restraint and Food Hygiene.

The most recent course added to The Axis Academy’s repertoire is a Citizens Aid First Aid course. The half-day course is new to the industry and provides training for scenarios where there are mass casualties and knife injuries. This course has recently been accredited by Qualsafe Awards.

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New Security Industry Authority-linked qualifications to be launched in January 2015

A new suite of qualifications for learners hoping to become licensed security operatives is to be launched in January 2015, with the Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance assisting in their development.

The introduction of the new qualifications comes after one of the largest ever reviews into learning in the sector was launched earlier this year, when the Security Industry Authority (SIA) announced an evaluation of its specifications for learning and qualifications.

The review affects security licence-linked units, and will result in qualifications containing these units being withdrawn and replaced. Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) has been asked by the SIA to assist in the development work alongside other SIA-endorsed awarding bodies in order to create new units that will make up the qualifications.

New security qualifications are due to be launched on 1 January 2015

New security qualifications are due to be launched on 1 January 2015

The change will impact learners, personnel, security companies and facilities management organisations providing security services.

Existing qualifications will be withdrawn on 31 December 2014 to be replaced by the revised qualifications with immediate effect from 1 January 2015.

Meeting the needs of learners and employers

Jason Sprenger, HABC’s CEO, said: “This is perhaps the largest review the SIA has conducted into training since it took responsibility for the sector, and will result in the development of completely new suites of qualifications that better meet the needs of learners and employers. We actively encouraged all of our Approved Centres offering security courses to take part in the public consultation to ensure that the sector had a voice in the review, and that the resulting qualifications will be valued by security professionals.”

Jason Sprenger: CEO at HABC

Jason Sprenger: CEO at HABC

A number of new learning materials to support the units are also planned for launch in January 2015, including the ‘Working as a Door Supervisor’, ‘Working as a Security Officer’ and ‘Working as a CCTV Operator’ books and training presentations. The former have been written by Andy Walker and, in the case of the surveillance-focused document, Gordon Tyerman, both of whom are recognised experts in the security arena.

HABC is one of the UK’s leading Awarding Organisations for vocational qualifications

HABC is one of the UK’s leading Awarding Organisations for vocational qualifications

*Further information on the planned changes is available by calling 0845 226 0350. Alternatively, send an e-mail to: info@highfieldabc.com

**For regular updates, visit: https://twitter.com/HighfieldABC and: http://www.facebook.com/HighfieldABC

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Skills for Justice Awards and IQ to collaborate with historic agreement

Skills for Justice Awards – the specialist awarding organisation for the justice and community safety, police and law enforcement, custodial, legal, fire and armed services sectors – and mutual awarding organisation Industry Qualifications (IQ) have entered an agreement to co-operate and establish collaborative working on a wide range of issues across the justice and community safety and private security and safety sectors.

The groundbreaking agreement will result in each organisation becoming a co-ordinating quality (hub) centre of the other, offering the awards of the other that are relevant to their own sector/customer footprint.

The two organisations will also co-operate on product development, technical and IT matters as well as international issues where appropriate.

Raymond Clarke: CEO at Industry Qualifications

Raymond Clarke: CEO at Industry Qualifications

Seamless interface for qualifications

Raymond Clarke, CEO of IQ, explained: “This is an exciting development which creates a seamless interface for qualifications across both the wider justice family and areas involved with the
management and mitigation of risk, such as fire safety.”

Clarke continued: “The agreement will allow each organisation to expand the range of products available to its centres and we expect to be able to work together on the development of qualifications and learning support products where there’s a shared interest.”

Adrian Jackson, managing director at Skills For Justice Awards, said: “Both ourselves and IQ are fully committed to providing sector-specific qualifications of the highest quality. The relationship is a comfortable fit. The agreement ensures that each organisation can harness its own specialist expertise for the benefit of the relationship and our customers.”

The two organisations have already begun to work on responding to a number of international opportunities, and have established the detailed mechanisms for the operation of quality hub centre
arrangements.

Skills for Justice Awards will also adopt IQ Functional Skills within the coming months.

Requests for further information

Further information is available by contacting Raymond Clarke at IQ on tel: 01952 457452 or Adrian Jackson at Skills for Justice Awards on (tel) 0114-231 7397.

Industry Qualifications (IQ) provides a new approach to the operation of an awarding organisation and is approved by UK qualifications regulators (including Ofqual).

It’s a mutual awarding organisation that is owned by its members working across a range of economic sectors. IQ values partnership and enjoys a world class reputation for the integrity of its assessment, governance and relationship with stakeholders.

Skills for Justice Awards is part of the Skills for Justice Group. For the last decade, the organisation has been working with employers, Governments of the UK and agencies within the skills system to better equip workforces with the right skills for the present and the future.

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Learn about converged security risks at The Security Institute’s Masterclass

The Security Institute’s next Masterclass will focus on the topic of converged security risk, and explore various high-impact scenarios that can result from advanced and persistent threats.

Taking place between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on Tuesday 24 September at The Crystal Building in London (home of Siemens), over the duration of the day dedicated speakers will provide anecdotal evidence about priorities for security measures and approaches to dealing with converged threats.

Confirmed speakers include Mike O’Neill CSyP, Dan Solomon, Azeem Aleem and Peter Fraser-Hopewell.

Mike O'Neill CSyP: key speaker at The Security Institute's Masterclass on convergence

Mike O’Neill CSyP: key speaker at The Security Institute’s Masterclass on convergence

They will illustrate a range of scenarios that best demonstrate converged vulnerabilities or attacks. In a plenary session, attendees will be asked to tackle the implications for security and planning.

The Security Institute’s latest Masterclass will conclude with an interactive Q&A session, in particular designed to consider Best Practice in managing/organising a converged security set-up for both preventative and reactive functions, doctrinal concepts that should be adopted and a methodology for the conduct of appropriate internal security.

Azeem Aleem: expert on cyber threats and defending against them

Azeem Aleem: expert on cyber threats and defending against them

Book your place now

Cost of attendance is £95 for Institute members and £145 non-members.

Date: 24.9.2013
Venue: The Crystal, 1 Siemens, Brothers Way, Royal Victoria Docks, London E16 1AD

Opened in the autumn of 2012, Siemens’ £30 million centre for urban sustainability is located in the Royal Victoria Docks. The Crystal is a striking glass-faceted structure built as a permanent showcase for sustainable technologies and is an excellent conference and seminar venue.

For further information on The Security Institute’s Masterclass contact Vickie Bailiss (events co-ordinator at The Security Institute) on (tel) 08453 707717 or via e-mail: vickie@security-institute.org

To book your place online click here

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The Security Institute set to launch The Knowledge Centre

The Knowledge Centre is intended to be a key research and professional development resource for Institute members wishing to increase their knowledge base on specific security subject subjects, while also serving as an essential tool to support the studies of student members.

Headed up by director Angus Darroch-Warren CSyP, The Knowledge Centre will provide members with information sources including research papers, articles, dissertations and links to websites.

It’s recognised by The Security Institute that ‘Security’ covers a broad and diverse set of specialisms relating to: “The protection of people, information and other assets through the prevention, elimination and mitigation of risks and threats”. This includes intelligence gathering, research and information technology.

The Security Institute: pioneering education for security professionals

The Security Institute: pioneering education for security professionals

On that basis, The Knowledge Centre will be structured around the following 16 categories, reflecting the parameters and scope of contemporary security practice:

• Business Management
• Business Resilience
• Counter Terrorism
• Counter Fraud
• Crime and Criminology
• Critical National Infrastructure
• Defence and International Security
• Governance and Compliance
• Information Security
• Investigations
• IT and Cyber Security
• Law and Legislation
• Personnel Security
• Physical Security
• Security Professionalism
• Security Risk Management

These categories will provide a framework for the development of the new Research Directorate and its services, as well as providing new learning resources for the Institute’s vocational courses.

Gus Darroch-Warren CSyP

Gus Darroch-Warren CSyP

The Knowledge Centre will be launched in phases and, much like any learning platform, it will be continuously developed as additional information is added or existing material (or web links) are updated.

Launch timetable for The Knowledge Centre

Launch of the 16 front pages of the new website takes place on 31 July. This will allow the Institute’s membership to see how the website is structured, including documents under the following headings: ‘Useful websites’, ‘Published Academic and Research Sources’, ‘Theses and Dissertations’, ‘Government and Organisational Reports’, ‘Legislation, Standards and Guidelines’, ‘Editorials and Commentaries’ and ‘Additional Resources’.

Dr Alison Wakefield

Dr Alison Wakefield

The Knowledge Centre is a key project of The Security Institute’s new Research Directorate which is being run by Dr Alison Wakefield (Head, Internal and External Research), Jerry Woods CSyP (Good Practice Guides), Mike Gillespie (Cyber Research/Strategy) and Angus Darroch-Warren (The Knowledge Centre).

Jerry Woods

Jerry Woods CSyP

It fits both with the objectives of the Institute and the Register of Chartered Security Professionals with regard to education of the membership and the sector as a whole. In particular those studying for the The Security Institute’s Certificate and Diploma (as well as undergraduate and post-graduate students at the various universities and colleges) will benefit from a centralised information resource.

The Knowledge Centre provides exciting additional benefit to the membership, particularly student members, and will demonstrate the expertise that The Security Institute holds within its membership. It also represents one of the first efforts by the security profession on the international stage to define what constitutes security in the new millennium, in turn conveying this to the members and the wider security community.

Want to be involved as a volunteer in The Knowledge Centre Project?

A number of ‘Champions’ from among The Security Institute’s membership have been identified and appointed to lead each of the categories, but the Institute is still looking for members to become involved in this exciting project.

Many of those ‘Champions’ have completed, or are undertaking, doctoral level research in their area of expertise, and will be in a position to communicate their knowledge of key information resources to the membership.

Future development will see each category, headed by its appointed ‘Champion’, broken down into sub-categories and further web pages, matching the above structure. These may be specific to an industry (eg oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, financial services) or form a subset within an existing section (eg physical security may require separate sections on detection systems, CCTV or access control).

Management of a category is not considered to be onerous and represents an ideal opportunity for members to contribute to an Institute project, particularly those who are unable to participate in other events and activities or who are based internationally.

It offers the opportunity to gain valuable CPD points under the ‘Other Contributions’ banner without the cost of travel.

If you’re interested in becoming involved with this project, please contact Helen Corbett (The Security Institute’s senior administrator) on (tel) 08453 707717 or via e-mail at: helen@security-institute.org to register your interest

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