CTP joins forces with M&S to develop e-Learning package for crowded places security

Counter-Terrorism Policing is aiming to deliver awareness training to more than one million crowded places workers with the help of a groundbreaking new e-Learning package. Security experts from Counter-Terrorism Policing have collaborated with Marks & Spencer and Highfield e-Learning – a global leader in compliance and work-based e-Learning – to develop the package, which has been successfully trialled with 7,000 Marks & Spencer employees and around 14,000 from other companies working in the retail sector.

Thanks to Marks & Spencer’s sponsorship, Counter-Terrorism Policing will now make the e-Learning package a nationally-available resource for all qualifying organisations, be they resident in the private or public sector.

Called ‘ACT Awareness e-Learning’, the package consists of six primary modules designed to teach staff all about the threat to the public from terrorism and how to mitigate it, such as spotting the signs of suspicious behaviour and reacting to a firearms or weapons attack.

The course, which is fully interactive, can be taken at times to suit business needs and will give all those who complete the sections a nationally-accredited certificate.

The initiative follows on from the successful launch of the industry self-delivery package two years ago. This enabled accredited trainers instead of police officers to deliver Counter-Terrorism Workshops.

Over 400 companies and public bodies, with a collective workforce of two million, signed up and thereby massively increased the numbers of people able to improve their security awareness.

Move to an online platform

Moving to an online platform aims to open up the course to many more organisations who don’t have qualified trainers within their teams. It will reduce costs and be more flexible for employees to fit in learning around their main work commitments.

“This package could save lives,” stated DCS Scott Wilson, the police national co-ordinator for protective security. “Industry specifically requested the development of this product to better equip staff and help protect communities and businesses. Working collaboratively, we’ve been able to deliver a unique training tool. It’s designed to train large numbers of people quickly and efficiently at what is such a critical time.”

DCS Wilson added: “All staff working in crowded places – 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 alike. We’re grateful to Marks & Spencer for entering into this collaboration with us, and for helping us to develop the modules in a way that renders them easy for all sizes of company to use.”

*For more information about the ‘ACT Awareness e-Learning’ package, and to find out whether your business qualifies for access to this free resource, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/act-awareness-elearning

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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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