New elite level training to teach people how to protect high value clients from digital and physical attack is being delivered at close quarters at South Tyneside College.
Participants will gain expertise in patrolling the digital and real-world environments for threats against government ministers, diplomats, celebrities, businesses and other potential targets.
South Tyneside College, part of Tyne Coast College, is working with Savant Training Academy to deliver the programme, which covers cyber awareness, physical intervention, intelligence analysis, intelligence operations and close protection techniques.
Open to people from military and non-military backgrounds, the programme offers entry into a world that once appeared off limits to all but the most seasoned professional.
Savant Training Academy specialises in training, risk consultancy and providing security to clients, including individuals of HNW, public figures and media outlets.
Its team consists of former soldiers, counter-terrorism police and special forces operatives who boast vast operational experience from some of the world’s most challenging hot-spots.
Twenty people have become the first to join the newly-launched IA-CP programme, which has six units attached to it.
Level 2 to level 4 diplomas teach cyber awareness, physical intervention, first aid at work, close protection, intelligence analysis, and intelligence operations.
Training takes place at the award-winning South Shields college, and learners can also benefit from living on site for the duration of the 30-day course.
Alison Maynard, Principal of South Tyneside College, said: “This programme is ideal for ex-services personnel or those looking to make the transition from current careers with the military to civilian life.
“However, as a rapidly expanding sector, people without an armed forces background can very much find their niche.
“It boasts a lead instructor, supported by a pool of experts, each of whom brings top level skills that support the different elements of the course.
“This is an exceptional opportunity for people to enter a new, exciting and highly skilled world of work and opportunity.”
Stefan Bell, Managing Director, Savant Training Academy, added: “We teach the required ‘in-depth’ analytical skills needed for the planning of complex, practical and operational solutions.
“By the end of the course our students will be able to collect and analyse actionable intelligence which they will have gained from various sources and platforms.
“This is the first fully government loan funded elite level intelligence and security integrated training course and offers a great opportunity for people to gain expertise in this remarkably challenging and rewarding sector.”
All Savant Training Academy courses are fully loan-funded by the government so the learner has no initial outlay whatsoever, the Intelligence Analyst and Close Protection Operative Course (IA-CP) course runs from Monday to Saturday over 30 days and includes half board accommodation and all certification.
To qualify, learners must be aged over 19 and have been living in the UK for more than three years.
Participants can reside at the college’s halls of residence, which were graded outstanding by Ofsted in 2016 and 2018.
Last year, South Tyneside College was named the country’s top college and the best for overall provision of Further Education at the national, annual Times Educational Supplement (TES) FE Awards.
Since then, it has become part of the new Tyne Coast College, formed from its merger with Tyne Metropolitan College, in Wallsend, North Tyneside.
Tyne Coast College is a new and exciting vision of education and training in the North East, which cuts across geographical boundaries to deliver opportunity for 16,000 full and part-time students.
Its diverse and innovative vocationally-driven curriculum is underpinned by close links to employers.
To find out more about the IA-CP course, visit Savant Training Academy is at www.savant-academy.com