Abloy UK unveils 2020 Academy Foundation course dates for end users

Security expert Abloy UK has just announced the dates of its 2020 Academy Foundation courses as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to set the standard when it comes to emergency and panic escape compliance. 

The free courses are designed to train security managers, end users and specifiers as well as security installers, giving them the skills and knowledge to ensure maximum safety and security while helping to save lives in an emergency.

The courses will help delegates understand the minimum legal performance criteria for access control locking applications for fire and escape doors, BS EN 179 and BS EN 1125 and help attendees to specify only compliant solutions. The instruction on offer also includes detail around the new BS EN 13637 on electronically-controlled exit systems for use on escape routes.

The courses are led by Pat Jefferies, commercial director at Abloy UK, who’s an expert in locks and door opening solutions. Jefferies is retained by the BSI and CEN as the UK’s electric locking technical expert and a member of committees responsible for the development and improvement of new standards and legislation across Europe.

Jefferies informed Risk Xtra: “We established the Academy ten years ago to provide quality training to end users while raising awareness and understanding of the importance of compliance. At Abloy UK, we have a strong reputation for championing standards and providing robust security solutions, but their potential can only be realised if systems are specified and installed to the correct standard. Together, it’s a winning combination.”

Jefferies continued: “What’s more, evolving legislation means that it has never been more important to stay up-to-date with the latest Best Practice. Being proactive with training is a great way to kick off 2020. Above all, the courses are not just about standards for standards sake. Simply put, if an emergency escape system isn’t compliant then lives are at risk, so I take great pride in knowing that the Academy is playing its part in helping people to escape safely from a building if they need to.”

The day-long courses take place at Abloy UK’s headquarters in Willenhall in the West Midlands. The courses are free of charge, offering delegates a complimentary educational experience that can provide two years of validity on industry standards.

In 2020, the courses will run on the following dates: Thursday 30 January, Thursday 27 February, Thursday 26 March, Thursday 30 April, Thursday 28 May, Thursday 25 June, Thursday 30 July, Thursday 24 September, Thursday 29 October and Thursday 26 November.

*For further information or to book a place on one of the courses visit https://bit.ly/2HJvz05, telephone 01902 364 500 or e-mail academy@abloy.co.uk

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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