Octavian will provide 10 certificated eLearning courses, offering winners chance to gain official certification Octavian Security, the leading UK security provider, has unveiled a competition to coincide with the launch of the newly accredited Octavian Training Academy, based at its headquarters in Nottingham. Coinciding with World Health & Safety Day on April 28th, Octavian will be giving away 10 certificated eLearning courses, which will offer winners the chance to gain an official certification covering the basics of Health & Safety. Academy offers range of courses from security training to risk assessments Offering a range of courses, from security training to risk assessments and food hygiene qualifications, the Octavian Training Academy has been launched to up skill existing Octavian staff, provide additional training for its clients and also open up learning opportunities for members of the public. Earl Knight, Commercial Director and Head of HR at Octavian, said: “Health and Safety in the workplace is exceptionally important – and employers are also waking up to the importance of up skilling their staff in order to aid the development of their workforces.” Competition offers individuals chance to gain new qualification “World Health & Safety Day is the perfect time to raise these issues and put the steps in place to resolve them. Our competition offers both companies and individuals the chance to gain a new qualification and explore the benefits of additional training and eLearning, so it’s a great opportunity.” Kevin Johnston, Head of Training & Development at Octavian, added: “In a world where over 2.2 million people are killed each year from unsafe working practices, it is essential to have an educational support mechanism that enables people across the world to have access to relevant health and safety training. It is important for international training providers to be able to find an awarding body that not only understands the significance of health and safety in the workplace, but that also understands the implications of implementing this on a country by country basis.” “Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance offers a support mechanism by way of internationally recognised qualifications, which not only provide learners with a sound understanding of individual health and safety in the workplace, but also a platform to progress their learning in order to be able to support other people. As a result, Octavian is able to offer businesses across the world an innovative form of health and safety education.”
The SIA’s Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) awarded Nottingham-based Octavian with 157 points - an increase of 25 points on last year’s score Octavian Security, the leading UK security provider, has once again been ranked in the top 5% of UK businesses following its annual Security Industry Authority’s (SIA) audit. The SIA’s Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS), which is responsible for regulating the private security industry, awarded Nottingham-based Octavian with 157 points - an increase of 25 points on last year’s score. Over four days, ACS auditors assessed Octavian Security across all of its working practices, including; strategy, processes, CRM, financial management, leadership and CSR. At the close of the inspection, Octavian was just 17 points short of receiving the maximum score. The voluntary ACS scheme, managed by the SIA as part of its remit to raise performance standards and to assist the private security industry in developing new opportunities, ensures a registered approval and inspection system for providers of security services. Earl Knight, Commercial Director at Octavian Security, said: “This year’s ACS audit clearly demonstrates that the changes implemented in 2014 have had a positive effect on our business. For instance, we have focused a lot on staff engagement and motivation over the last year. Initiatives such as e-learning and our Director Q&A demonstrate our dedication to improving engagement with all of our employees, regardless of location or grade.” Sukhi Ghuman, CEO and founder of Octavian Security, added: “Having been involved with the ACS scheme since the company was founded, we have strived to continuously improve the standards and management services under which we operate - and 2014 was no exception. “Such a high score is a real credit to everyone involved with Octavian and reiterates our position as a market leader, placing us significantly ahead of our competitors. It must also be noted that we were given a ‘notice of good practice’ for our vetting and management services.” The announcement celebrates a great end to 2014 for Octavian Security, a company which won ten industry awards throughout the year, most notably the IBBF International Business of the Year Award, Business of the Year at the British Indian Awards, Responsible Business of the Year at the MSDUK Awards and Outstanding Business of the Year at the IAB awards.