A variety of national and international security courses. We are a Security Industry Authority (SIA) approved training provider and deliver structured courses for those working or wishing to work within the private security industry.
We offer award winning cyber security courses from Qualifi so whether you are new to cyber security or you are an experienced security professional looking to enhance your skills, these certified training courses can help you and your organisation.
First aid training and FREC courses, delivered by experienced professionals. Regular courses are held at our training centre, based in Plymouth, Devon. We can also run them for clients on a nationwide and international scale offsite or at your premises.
Our medical courses are accredited by Qualsafe, one of the largest Ofqual recognised awarding organisations in the UK.
International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code courses either at our training centre in the UK, at your premises or off-site. We have e-learning courses for Proficiency in Designated Security Duties and Proficiency in Security Awareness which can be taken solely online without the need to visit an assessment centre.
Securewest provide consultancy related to the ISPS Code including our ISPS ship, Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU) or port security assessment and plan services. Our aim is to ensure that the highest standards of security management is in place for our clients, their personnel and facilities worldwide.
Our Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Managing Safely and Working Safely courses cover the essentials of health and safety in the workplace. They are aimed at employees and managers in all types of organisations and look at people’s responsibilities for health and safety, and workplace hazards and risks, and how to control them.
Securewest provide education and assessor qualifications for those who work, or want to work as teachers/trainers in the further education and skills sector, including those who are not in a teaching role.
Experienced, professional trainers run a range of travel risk training courses to enhance your traveller safety and meet your duty-of-care obligations. They are aimed at groups of travellers, high-risk individuals or persons responsible for booking travel.
We include modules for diverse traveller groups, and where required, content can be amended in line with your branding, policies and processes. We aim to increase risk awareness and reduce the impact of incidents on the traveller and organisation.
ELCAS (Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme) funding is available to serving and ex-members of the British Armed Forces. As an Approved Training Centre, you can use your ELCAS funding for a selection of our courses to progress your career and further develop your skills.
Lone Working: How to protect your isolated employees
In 2018, there were an estimated 8 million lone workers in the UK and with working from home on the rise this number will continue to increase. Defined by the Health and Safety Executive, “lone workers are those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision.”
From working late in the office to being a utility worker, there are many professions where someone might find themselves working alone, faced by many risks. Being in an isolated environment could increase the effects these risks can have on the worker and the organisation. Carefully considering and mitigating potential health and safety risks is a legal and moral obligation.
To better protect your isolated employees, several precautions can be taken:
Policy and procedure gap analysis
Health and safety training
Travel risk training, if employees are travelling alone
A pre-agreed method of communication, with a check-in schedule if suitable
Whether your employee is working alone in the office, out in the field or travelling, using a personal safety smartphone app can support them while isolated, without the need for extra devices. This ensures your employees are safeguarded with access to alerts and able to communicate with experienced responders, with location monitoring via GPS also available.
There are many factors to consider that affect the safety of lone workers:
The Worker Is the lone worker fully trained in their role? Do they have any experience working alone? Are there any reasons why the worker may be vulnerable, such as pregnant or have any health conditions?
The Task Is the task appropriate for an individual to carry out by themselves? At what time of the day is the task being carried out and would it be safer at another time? Does the task involve manual handling?
The Environment Has a risk assessment been carried out for the location? What else is happening in the environment at the same time the worker is carrying out the task?
Other People Are there non-employees around the lone worker? Does the task involve possible confrontation? 2019/20 statistics from Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) indicate 688,000 employees experienced violence at work.
Mental Health Lone workers are more susceptible to mental health issues when isolated from colleagues, such as anxiety, loneliness and depression. Do you have policies in place to support them and react if these issues affect their role?
In 2019/20, Labour Force Survey (LFS) identified 828,000 workers who suffered from work-related stress, depression or anxiety.
This isn’t an exhaustive list of influencing factors but it’s a great place to start. At Securewest, we have been safeguarding people, assets and reputations for over 30 years so we have the knowledge and expertise to support you through this process. Contact us today for a custom solution that covers your duty of care obligations: email@example.com