Training

AKE’s award winning training services set the benchmark for travel safety, medical and hostile environment training.

We have developed a comprehensive portfolio of training services that encompasses a wide spectrum of risk management issues. We constantly challenge the status quo and value the differences that we make. 

Our training team has a breadth of knowledge and considerable operational experience in high-risk and complex environments, worldwide. This specialist knowledge helps us deliver interactive, realistic training scenarios that enhances the learning experience and ensures our students are well-equipped to manage a variety of risks in challenging environments.


Bespoke training solutions

Effective training depends on knowing what is required for your staff and the organisation as a whole. Budgets are being scrutinised, organisations need to ensure that the resources invested in training, are targeted at the right areas and that the training delivered, provides a positive return on the investment. AKE's bespoke training packages offer clients a cost effective and targeted solution, that meets their exact requirements. For more information, please contact us.


Course portfolio

Our stand alone training courses are designed to assist individuals and teams to prepare for and manage risk whilst travelling to and working in, complex and sometimes hostile environments. Select a course for more detail, find an upcoming course date, or contact us to find out more. AKE's courses are designed to:

Suit varied learning styles

Delivered through a mixture of lectures, discussion groups, workshops and practical simulations and exercises.

Be interactive and progressive

Courses are progressive and interactive in nature, culminating in a series of challenging and realistic scenario exercises.

Delivered globally

Regularly scheduled courses are held at training centres in the UK, also available in the US, Canada, Australia, Singapore and Thailand.

Surviving Hostile Regions (SHR)

Designed to assist individual journalists and media teams to prepare for and manage risk whilst travelling to and working in complex and potentially hostile situations. The programme is delivered through a mixture of lectures, discussion groups, workshops and practical simulations and exercises to suit varied learning styles, with particular focus on preparation and planning, threat identification & risk mitigation strategies, self-sufficiency, situational awareness and trauma management.

Who should attend?
The course is targeted at individual journalists and teams.
Attendance Criteria
No prior qualifications required (basic medical training would be an advantage).
Course Content
  • Planning and preparation
  • Security, communications and contingency planning
  • Personal preparation and security
  • Travel safety
  • Ballistic awareness and protection
  • Navigation
  • Public disorders
  • Improvised and purpose-built explosive devices
  • Explosive remnants of war
  • Working with conventional and non-conventional forces
  • Kidnap avoidance and captivity survival
  • Information security
  • Working in disaster zones
  • Scene safety
  • Casualty care under fire
  • Self help
  • Extraction techniques
  • Buddy / Buddy system
  • Triage
  • Minimising the risk of infection
  • Mechanism of injury
  • Casualty assessment
  • Primary survey
  • Circulation and haemorrhage control
  • Airway management and cervical spine control
  • Basic life support
  • Breathing and chest Injuries
  • Neurological status
  • Burns Management
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Climatic medical emergencies
  • Medical emergencies
  • Road traffic collision
Learning Outcomes
  • Effectively plan and prepare for assignment in potentially hostile and remote environments
  • Identify significant threats to personal safety
  • Develop personal security and awareness techniques to mitigate the risk
  • Provide lifesaving and immediate medical care in hostile and challenging environments.
Certification
On successful completion of the course, candidates will receive:
  • AKE certification valid for 3 years
  • AKE Aide memoire
  • Complimentary trial of AKE’s online intelligence portal Global Intake
Duration
5 Days
Venue
Training is delivered from a purpose built training facility, Penyard House, located in the Herefordshire countryside, with exclusive access to 300 acres of nearby rolling countryside and woodland allowing for realistic scenario training. In addition AKE delivers training from a number of training centres globally, including the US, Canada, Australia and Thailand.
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Surviving Hostile Regions Refresher (SHRR)

The events of the past decade have provided an unequivocal mandate for individual journalists and media teams to prepare for and manage the risks in a rapidly changing threat environment. It is vitally important that your skill set remains current; the 3-Day SHRR is designed to maintain and update the key security & medical , principles previously taught on the 5-day course. .

Who should attend?
The course is targeted at individual journalists and teams wishing to remain current.
Attendance Criteria
Prior attendance of the 5 day SHR course is required.
Course Content
  • Identifying the threat
  • Planning for the task
  • Personal security
  • Travel / journey management principles
  • Surviving captivity
  • Weapons systems
  • UXO (unexploded ordnance) and IED’s (improvised explosive devices)
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Managing conflict
  • Navigation
  • Cultural awareness and gender-specific considerations
  • Information security
  • First Aid
  • Road traffic collisions (RTC)
  • Ballistic injuries
  • Basic life support
  • Health and hygiene
Learning Outcomes
  • Effectively plan and prepare for assignment in potentially hostile and remote environments
  • Identify significant threats to personal safety
  • Develop personal security and awareness techniques to mitigate the risk
  • Provide lifesaving and immediate medical care in hostile and challenging environments
Certification
On successful completion of the course, candidates will receive:
  • AKE certification valid for 3 years
  • AKE Aide memoire
  • Complimentary trial of AKE’s online intelligence portal Global Intake
Duration
3 days.
Venue
Training is delivered from a purpose built training facility, Penyard House, located in the Herefordshire countryside, with exclusive access to 300 acres of nearby rolling countryside and woodland allowing for realistic scenario training. In addition AKE delivers training from a number of training centres globally, including the US, Canada, Australia and Thailand.
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Working in Hostile Regions (WHR)

AKE International’s Working in Hostile Regions course is designed to assist individuals, teams and organisations to prepare for and manage risk whilst living and working in, complex and sometimes hostile environments. The programme is delivered through a mixture of lectures, discussion groups, workshops and practical simulations and exercises to suit varied learning styles. It is progressive and interactive in nature, culminating in a series of challenging and realistic scenario exercises.

Who Should Attend
The course is targeted at personnel from the following sectors:
  • Oil & Gas
  • NGO’s
  • International Aid
  • Charitable Organisations
Attendance Criteria
No prior qualifications required (basic medical training would be an advantage).
Course Content
  • Identifying the threat
  • Assignment planning
  • Personal security & safety
  • Travel risk management principles
  • Kidnap avoidance & captivity survival
  • Weapons and effects
  • ERM (explosive remnants of war) and IED’s (improvised explosive devices)
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Managing conflict
  • Navigation
  • Cultural awareness and gender-specific considerations
  • Information security
  • First Aid
  • Road traffic collisions (RTC)
  • Ballistic injuries
  • Climatic medical emergencies
  • Basic life support
  • Health and hygiene
Learning Outcomes
  • Effectively plan and prepare for working in potentially hostile and remote environments
  • Identify significant threats to personal safety
  • Develop personal security and awareness techniques to mitigate the risk
  • Provide lifesaving and immediate medical care in hostile and challenging environments
  • Operate effectively for extended periods of time in challenging and remote environments
Certification
On successful completion of the course, candidates will receive:
  • AKE certification valid for 3 years
  • AKE individual trauma kit (ITK)
  • AKE Aide memoire
  • Complimentary trial of AKE’s online intelligence portal Global Intake
  • Duration
    4 Days
    Venue
    Training is delivered from a purpose built training facility, Penyard House, located in the Herefordshire countryside, with exclusive access to 300 acres of nearby rolling countryside and woodland allowing for realistic scenario training. In addition AKE delivers training from a number of training centres globally, including the US, Canada, Australia and Thailand.
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    Travel Safety (TSC)

    AKE International’s Travel Safety courses are designed to address the significant security and safety risks faced by overseas travellers. It raises general awareness, and equips delegates with the knowledge and skills to identify threats and mitigate the associated risks that present themselves whilst travelling to and working overseas.

    Who should attend?
    The course is targeted at individual business and adventure travellers, office based travel coordinators and gap year students.
    Attendance Criteria
    No prior qualifications are required.
    Course Content
    The course is based on a modular approach with particular focus on:
    • Preparation and planning
    • Threat identification and risk mitigation strategies
    • Self-sufficiency
    • Cultural and situational awareness
    • Health risks reduction.
    Learning Outcomes:
    • Effectively plan and prepare for overseas travel
    • Identify significant threats to personal safety
    • Employ personal security and awareness techniques that effectively mitigate risk
    Certification
    On successful completion of the course, candidates will receive:
  • AKE certification valid for 1 year
  • Complimentary trial of AKE’s online intelligence portal Global Intake
  • Duration
    1 day.
    Venue
    Training can be delivered at any of AKE’s global training facilities, or held in-house at client locations. For more information, please contact us.

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    E-Travel Safety (ETSC)

    AKE International’s online travel safety course has been designed to assist individuals and teams to prepare for and manage risk whilst travelling to and working in potentially challenging and unfamiliar environments. Enabling organisations to achieve and demonstrate duty of care and meet corporate compliance requirements for international travel.

    Who should attend?
    The course is targeted at individual business and adventure travellers, office based travel coordinators and gap year students.
    Attendance Criteria
    No prior qualifications are required.
    Course Content
    The course is based on a modular approach, with particular focus on pre travel preparation & planning, threat identification & risk mitigation strategies that include situational awareness, journey management and emergency response.
    Course material
    Is delivered via the cloud negating the requirement to download any software. It will simply work anywhere there is an Internet connection, on a PC, a laptop, or mobile device. This allows the individuals to complete the course at home, in the office or even whilst travelling.
    Learning Outcomes:
    On successful completion of the course delegates will be able to:
  • Effectively plan and prepare for overseas travel
  • Identify significant threats to personal safety
  • Employ personal security and awareness techniques that effectively mitigate risk
  • Certification
    On successful completion of the course, candidates will receive:
  • AKE certification valid for 1 year
  • Attainment standards
    Attendance and results can be monitored, with delegates required to achieve an 80% pass result on the final exam.
    Duration
    1 – 2 hours.
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    Contractors on Deployed Operations (CONDO)

    AKE International’s Contractors on Deployed Operations (CONDO) courses are designed to assist individuals and teams prepare for and manage risk whilst travelling to, living and working in potentially complex and hostile environments, in support of the UK’s Ministry of Defence’s deployed operations.

    The programme is delivered through a mixture of lectures, discussion groups, workshops, practical simulations and exercises to suit varied learning styles.

    Who Should Attend
    MOD civilian contractors.
    Attendance Criteria
    No prior qualifications required (basic medical training would be an advantage).
    Course Content
    The course content is designed to enables contractors to meet the specified requirements within the DEFCON 697 and DEFSTAN 05 – 129.
    Learning Outcomes:
    • Effectively plan and prepare for deployments in support of the military in potentially hostile and remote environments
    • Identify significant threats to personal safety
    • Develop personal security and awareness techniques to mitigate the assessed risk
    • Provide lifesaving and immediate medical care in hostile and challenging environments
    Certification
    On successful completion of the course, candidates will receive:
    • AKE certification valid for 1 year
    • AKE Aide memoire
    Duration
    • 1 Day CONDO Refresher
    • 2 Day CONDO
    • 3 Day High Risk CONDO
    Venue
    Training is delivered from our training facility in Hereford. If required AKE will deliver courses at a venue of your choosing. Residential options are available on request.contact us.

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    Crisis Management (CMT)

    A crisis can hit at any time and it is vitally important that your business is prepared for the potential impact of a catastrophic event. We work with our client’s crisis management teams; to train and test their preparedness through scenario based training and exercises.

    Who Should Attend
    Modules are targeted at those whom have specific roles & responsibilities within their organisations crisis management team.
    Attendance Criteria
    No previous experience is required (basic understanding of crisis & emergency management would be an advantage).
    Course Content

    AKE have designed a suite of modules to enable organisations to prepare for and manage a crisis should one occur.

    Modules:

  • Crisis management fundamentals (4 Hours)
  • Scenario based desktop exercise (4 Hours)
  • Kidnap For ransom (4 Hours)
  • Public relations (4 Hours)
  • Scenario Based desktop exercise (4 Hours)
  • Emergency Planning (4 Hours)
  • Business continuity planning (4 Hours)
  • Duration
    All modules are designed to be delivered over 4 hours, However modules can be bundled together to provide the complete suite or specific subjects to meet the needs of the organisation.
    Venue
    Training is delivered from our training facility in Hereford. If required AKE will deliver courses at a venue of your choosing. Residential options are available on request.contact us.

    Dates
    Training is delivered on request.
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    Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (FREC)
    The qualification is specifically designed for those seeking a career in the emergency services, ambulance services, the event medical sector or those who work in high risk environments.
    Who Should Attend
    This course is aimed at the following sectors:
  • Oil & Gas Industry
  • Police Service
  • Fire Service
  • NGO’s
  • Media Industry
  • Civilian contractors working in the hostile environment
  • Security Industry
  • Attendance Criteria
    Learners must be at least 17 years old on the first day of the training. There are no other formal entry requirements, but to benefit from the learning it is recommended that learners have a minimum of Level 2 in literacy and numeracy or equivalent. Having existing basic first aid knowledge is of first aid would be an advantage.

    Course Content
  • Roles and responsibilities of a first responder
  • Medical emergencies
  • Describe measures used to minimise infection
  • Patient assessment
  • Airway management
  • Adult, child and infant CPR & AED usage
  • Administer Emergency oxygen
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Catastrophic bleeding
  • Shock
  • Poisoning and intoxicating substances
  • External and internal bleeding
  • Helmet removal
  • Cervical collars and pelvic splints
  • Environmental exposure
  • Burns and scalds
  • Minor injuries
  • Incident reporting
  • Learning Outcomes
    Successful candidates will gain the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to be able to deal with a wide range of prehospital care emergencies, such as: managing a patient’s airway; catastrophic bleeding; management of fractures; medical emergencies and many more!
    Certification
    Ofqual regulated qualification and is clinically endorsed by The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care –The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and fulfils the competencies set out in the Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM) skills framework at descriptor level D, meaning learners can book this course with total confidence!

    On successful completion of the course, delegates will receive a:

  • QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF) valid for 3 years
  • Duration
    5 Days
    Venue
    Training is delivered from our training facilities, located in the Herefordshire. Residential options are also available on request

    Recognition of Prior Learning
    Learners who have gained a Level 2 First Person On Scene (Intermediate) qualification within the last 3 years may attend a shorter 3 day FREC-R requalification course.
    Refresher Training
    In line with Resuscitation Council (UK) guidance, it is strongly recommended that first responders undertake annual refresher training that includes Basic Life Support and Automated External Defibrillation.
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    Level 3 First Aid at Work (QCF)
    The Health and Safety (First Aid) regulations 1981 require all employers to ensure that their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. This qualification is specifically designed for individuals who wish to act as a first aider within their workplace, or in voluntary and community activities.
    Who Should Attend
    This course is aimed at the following sectors:
  • Office based staff
  • Civil Service
  • Education
  • Construction
  • Retail
  • Manufacturing
  • Security Industry
  • Agriculture
  • Attendance Criteria
    Learners must be at least 14 years old to register for this qualification and should have a minimum of level 1 literacy and numeracy or equivalent.

    Course Content
  • Roles and responsibilities of the first aider
  • Assessing an incident
  • Managing an unresponsive casualty
  • CPR & AED usage
  • Recovery Position
  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • Epilepsy
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Shock
  • Head and spinal injuries
  • Chest injuries
  • Wounds and bleeding
  • Fractures
  • Sprains strains and dislocations
  • Minor injuries
  • Burns and scalds
  • Poisoning
  • Eye injuries
  • Learning Outcomes
    Successful candidates will learn how to manage a range of injuries and illnesses that occur at work and will be equipped with the essential skills needed to give emergency first aid.to deal with a wide range of prehospital care emergencies, such as: managing a patient’s airway; catastrophic bleeding; management of fractures; medical emergencies and many more!
    Certification
    This course forms part of the Qualsafe Awards First Aid suite of courses. It also fulfils the competencies set out by the Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM) skills framework at descriptor level B. It is also an accredited Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) course. This certificate is valid for 3 years.

    On successful completion of the course, delegates will receive a:

  • QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF) valid for 3 years
  • Duration
    3 Days
    Venue
    Training is delivered from our training facilities, located in the Herefordshire. Residential options are also available on request

    Recognition of Prior Learning
    Evidence of any RPL must be submitted to the centre for authentication.
    Refresher Training
    The 1 day First Aid at Work annual refresher course is recommended.
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    Level 3 Emergency First Responder (RQF)
    This regulated and nationally recognised qualification is specifically designed for those who are likely to be responding to an emergency incident.
    Who Should Attend
    This course is aimed at the following sectors:
  • Community First Responders (CFR)
  • Emergency personnel
  • Aircraft cabin crew
  • Event medical responders
  • First Aiders
  • NGO’s
  • Fire and police personnel
  • Film crews
  • Industrial First Aiders
  • Attendance Criteria
    Learners must be at least 17 years old to register for this qualification and should have a minimum of level 1 literacy and numeracy or equivalent.ul

    Course Content
  • Roles and responsibilities of the first aider
  • Scene management
  • Patient assessment
  • Airway management
  • Emergency oxygen
  • Adult, Child and infant CPR and use of the AED
  • Catastrophic bleeding
  • Shock
  • Asthma
  • Hypoxia
  • Hyperventilation
  • External and internal bleeding
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Major illness
  • Seizures
  • Learning Outcomes
    The qualification is to benefit Learners by providing them with the knowledge and confidence to provide the initial pre-hospital care at emergency or life-threatening incidents. Learners will gain the necessary skills associated with assessment, treatment and stabilisation of patients.
    Certification
    This course forms part of the Qualsafe Awards Pre-hospital Care suite of courses. It also fulfils the competencies set out by the Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM) skills framework at descriptor level B. It is also an accredited Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) course. The certificate is valid for 3 years.

    On successful completion of the course, delegates will receive a:

  • QA Level 3 Emergency First Responder (RQF) valid for 3 years
  • Duration
    2 days
    Venue
    Training is delivered from our training facilities, located in the Herefordshire. Residential options are also available on request

    Recognition of Prior Learning
    Evidence of any RPL must be submitted to the centre for authentication.
    Refresher Training
    Requalification training must take place before the original certificate expires and training should be delivered in no less than 12 hours (2 days)
    Hostile Environment Medical Refresher (HEM-R)
    Who Should Attend
    This course is aimed at the following sectors:
  • Oil & Gas Industry
  • Emergency Personnel
  • NGO’s
  • Media Industry
  • Civilian contractors working in the hostile environment
  • Security Industry
  • Attendance Criteria
    Delegates should have attended one of the following courses;
  • SHR
  • WHR

    Learners must be at least 17 years old on the first day of the training. There are no other formal entry requirements, but to benefit from the learning it is recommended that learners have a minimum of Level 2 in literacy and numeracy or equivalent.

  • Course Content
    The course focuses on the pre-hospital casualty assessment which provides immediate life support to the patient pending the arrival of definitive medical care. The interventions covered during the course syllabus have been shown to greatly improve the patient survival outcome.
    Learning Outcomes
  • Roles and responsibilities of a first responder
  • Understand the principles of scene assessment
  • Describe measures used to minimise infection
  • Carry out a full Patient Assessment (Primary Survey)
  • Assess and manage a patient’s airway
  • Deal with the choking casualty
  • Perform Basic Life Support in accordance with the latest guidelines
  • Operate an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Administer emergency oxygen
  • Deal with catastrophic haemorrhage
  • Recognise and treat a number of medical emergencies and major illnesses
  • Recognise and treat a number of trauma related injuries
  • Certification
    On successful completion of the course, candidates will receive:
    • AKE certification valid for 3 years
    • AKE aide memoire
    • Complimentary trial of AKE’s online intelligence portal Global Intake
    Duration
    2 Days
    Venue
    Training is delivered from a purpose built training facility, Penyard House, located in the Herefordshire countryside, with exclusive access to 300 acres of nearby rolling countryside and woodland allowing for realistic scenario training. In addition AKE delivers training from a number of training centres globally, including the US, Canada, Australia and Thailand.
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