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