Axis Group launches The Axis Academy as dedicated learning and development business

Axis Group – the security, cleaning and support services business – has launched The Axis Academy, a dedicated learning and development resource designed to reflect its commitment to putting people at the heart of the Group’s future success.

Created as a new Group company, The Axis Academy will not only assist in developing the careers of Axis Security, Acuity and Axis Cleaning and Support Services employees, but also ultimately offer its services to clients, third party solution providers and private individuals as the business develops.

The Axis Academy will deliver a ‘blended’ approach to learning and use a combination of training delivery techniques, methods and channels (including e-Learning) to give people access to the best training in the most appropriate ways. Courses in such fundamental areas as Health and Safety and First Aid will be complemented by more sector-specific training in skills including control and restraint.

Naomi Austen, Axis Group’s HR and learning director, is heading the new operation. “Delivering meaningful training is a high priority for any business operating in the service sector,” stated Austen. “Until recently, most have relied on external solution providers. By building our own resource and developing our own skills, we’re creating a new in-house model that will not only support our future success, but also the future careers of employees.”

Austen added: “Our ambition is to further improve skill levels and professionalism across the board. We believe we can do this even better if we can more directly manage, control and monitor the quality and relevance of training provided to every learner.”

Jonathan Levine, CEO of Axis Group, informed Risk UK that the Group already has a strong ‘people strategy’ and an established reputation for recruiting and retaining the very best individuals. “We recognise that people hold the key to future success and are our main strength,” observed Levine, “so we’ve built a strategy around making their working lives more enjoyable and more rewarding. To us, a ‘people strategy’ has to be meaningful. It’s evidenced by providing the necessary skills to perform the job they’re doing today as well as creating a strong career path for the future.”

The Axis Academy will be based at Axis Group’s headquarters in central London. For further details visit:

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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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