End user survey affords ringing endorsement for ACT Awareness eLearning

Nine out of ten users of an online terrorism awareness course developed by Counter-Terrorism Policing and High Street giant Marks and Spencer (M&S) would recommend the package to a colleague. A survey of 20,000 course participants also found that nine out of ten said the interactive nature of the programme enhanced their learning.

More than 5,000 companies have signed up to use ACT Awareness eLearning since its launch 18 months ago, with their staff collectively completing over 1.6 million of the modules which make up the course.

Shopping Centres, football clubs, entertainment venues, education and faith institutions have all been helping to keep the public safe by using the innovative online training.

Specialist officers worked with M&S to develop the eLearning product, which was then made available to all companies operating in busy towns and cities.

The training covers how to spot the signs of suspicious behaviour and what to do if an attack should take place. The course takes around 45 minutes and is divided into short sections such that it can be fitted in around business needs.

ACT Awareness eLearning is available to use free of charge.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi, the senior national co-ordinator for protective security, stated: “All staff working in crowded places, and not just those who have a security role, can follow the course and be in a stronger position to help protect themselves, colleagues and the public. We are grateful to Marks and Spencer who entered into this collaboration with us. This is a perfect example of what can be achieved if we work in close partnership with the business community.”

John Frost, head of business continuity at Marks and Spencer who helped lead the project, added: “The survey findings have been overwhelmingly positive and will help us shape future modules to keep us up-to-date with any emerging threats. I would encourage businesses large and small to register and take part.”

*Access more information on ACT Awareness eLearning and details on how to start the course, which has been produced by eLearning specialist Highfield

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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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