Celebrating 20 Years of Delivering Customised Inhouse Training 


Act Now Training is celebrating 20 years of delivering training and consultancy in Information Governance. To commemorate this, we will be offering various offers over the next month so watch this space.

To kick things off, we are offering 20% off all in-house course bookings made until Christmas this year. These can be scheduled for delivery anytime in the next 12 months.* Act Now’s in-house training services are very popular for those seeking high quality training customised for their organisation. These can be delivered online or at client locations. 

Over 100 inhouse training courses were delivered by our team of associates in the past twelve months. These have been delivered online, as well as at client premises. We have delivered training for a range of organisations including local and central government, political parties, the NHS, and the charitable sector. Course titles include: 

  • SIRO’s and IAOs 
  • RIPA  and Surveillance  
  • Handling Subjects Access Requests 
  • Data Sharing 
  • Law Enforcement Directive and Part 3 of the DPA 2018 
  • EIR Exceptions 
  • FOI Exemptions 
  • DPIAs 
  • International Transfers 
  • GDPR Practitioner Certificate 
  • FOI Practitioner Certificate 

We have also delivered our very popular certificate courses in GDPR and FOI on an in house basis. The feedback has been very positive with an average Net Promoter Score of 91 for the last twelve months: 

“I found the trainer to be both very engaging and interesting and I felt participation was fully encouraged. The conduct of the training was very effective and the trainer made the training and the subject come to life with his engaging and easy manner. He was of course also highly knowledgeable and experienced.”  

AB, Isle of Man Government 

“Really good training course – I now have a much better understanding of Freedom of Information and Environmental Information Regulations. Tutor was really clear and very knowledgeable in the topic area.”  

GS, Environment Agency 

“Very knowledgeable trainer pitched at the right level. Interactive elements welcome so officers could discuss real world situations they have encountered making it very practical as well.”  

WP, South Ribble Borough Council  

Act Now has been providing inhouse training and consultancy services for over 20 years.  We pride ourselves on having experienced practitioners in the fields of Data Protection, Surveillance Law, Freedom of Information and Information Management. All have many years of experience of training and advice in this area.  

We have trained over 80,000 individuals from different backgrounds. Our strength lies in having a strong client base in all relevant sectors. This means that we are well informed about the most current information management issues in almost every sector. With our education led approach, we are committed to providing measurable training that adds real world value to organisations by promoting and developing participants’ skills, competencies and behaviours. 

Feel free to get in touch to discuss your online inhouse training needs. Visit our website for further details. Please quote “20th Anniversary” when enquiring. 

*Although scheduled delivery can be anytime in the next 12 months, payment terms will still be as per the usual 30 days from invoice.

Information Rights Expert joins Act Now GDPR Team

 

Act Now Training is pleased to announce that Scott Sammons has joined its team of consultants.

Scott is an experienced information governance practitioner having worked in both the public and private sector for 10 years, most recently as the GDPR implementation lead for Essex County Council. With certificates in Data Protection and Freedom of Information, his experience and expertise makes him a great addition to our team.

Scott’s GDPR experience includes:

  • Implementation of GDPR in a local authority
  • ROPA deployment
  • Information Mapping & risk assessment
  • Consent & Marketing workshops
  • GDPR awareness sessions for the private sector

Currently Scott also volunteers for the IRMS. The IRMS is one of the leading professional bodies for those that work in information governance and information management.

Scott contributes frequently to guidance and awareness of information related matters via blogging as well as volunteering for the IRMS running events and developing materials for information professionals.

Scott said :

“I am really pleased to be joining the Act Now team. I hope to assist in delivering Act Now’s range of information rights courses as well as developing new ones. My public and private sector experience will I believe stand me in good stead to assist Act Now’s clients with their information rights workload.”

Ibrahim Hasan said:

“I am pleased the Scott has become a part of our growing and wonderful team of vastly experienced trainers. His real-world experience and knowledge of information rights will help us expand our services and deliver even more courses to our client base. We have become well known for the trainers we have with their fantastic skill and experience but also for their ability to deliver a difficult subject for many, in a simple and plain speaking way. ”

Act Now Training is growing rapidly and with over 15 years experience in this sector, we have the grounding to help your organisation with their information rights needs. We offer a full range of training and consultancy services including health checks to gauge your preparedness for GDPR and audits as well offering full certificate courses.

Act Now Recently launched its brand new E-Learning Package specifically aimed at frontline staff. It has been a huge success with hundreds of people having signed up. Click here to find out more!

Our GDPR Practitioner Certificate is proving very popular with those who need to get up to speed with GDPR as well as budding Data Protection Officers.  If you require this or any other course delivered at your premises, tailored to your needs, please get in touch and we would be happy to deliver it for you.

 

 

New GDPR Health Check Service Launched!

 

Act Now is pleased to announce the launch of its GDPR health check service.

GDPR represents the biggest change to the European data protection regime in 20 years. It will take effect on 25th May 2018 and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has already confirmed that there will be no grace period after that date.

Now is the time to get your GDPR house in order.  There are many practical steps that can be taken quite easily. Some sectors are getting there; recent report by the ICO shows that local government is trying its best but there is more to do.

For those who have started (and may be stalled) or need a customised GDPR action plan, our experts are at hand. Our GDPR health check service will provide your organisation with:

  • A preliminary assessment of your current level of preparedness for GDPR;
  • A prioritised and specific compliance action plan;
  • Pointers to guidance, models and good practice resources relevant to your needs.

If required, we can also discuss how Act Now can assist you with implementation, through our acclaimed training offers or expert consultancy support.

Act Now has a proven track record in this area. We have undertaken many data protection consultancy projects in the last few years. In 2016 we won a contract to deliver consultancy services to a major organisation in the regulatory sector.

Our reputation is international. In 2015 Ibrahim Hasan and Paul Gibbons delivered data protection audit training to the Government of Brunei and our forthcoming GDPR Practitioner Certificate course in London has delegates from Spain and the USA!

Feel free to get in touch to discuss your requirements.

To Brunei and Back – A tale of training far far away

Ibrahim Hasan reports on his recent trip to Brunei…

On Friday (29th January) Paul Gibbons and I returned from Brunei after delivering data protection audit training to government staff. We had a truly memorable trip. The hospitality, generosity and warmth of the Brunei people ensured that we made some fantastic new friends.

We delivered a two-day course to twelve staff (Information Security Officers (ISOs)) working in various government agencies including education, health and immigration. Whilst Brunei does not have data protection legislation, it does have a Data Protection Policy which applies to all government agencies. This is loosely based on the UK Data Protection Act and has been signed off at the highest level. All agencies are required to comply with the policy but there is no regulator like our Information Commissioner. Having said there was a real commitment on the part of the delegates and the organisers to implement best data protection practice.

Having successfully completed the course, the ISOs will now audit government agencies to assess levels of compliance. They have been trained to consider DP policies and procedures as well as staff knowledge and awareness. They will produce a report which will be considered by the head of each agency.

The delegates seemed to really enjoy the course and even laughed at Paul’s jokes! Feedback was very positive with some encouraging testimonials :

“An inspiring workshop. The presenter was well understood, friendly and approachable.” HBHM, Health Technology Dept., Ministry of Health

“The experienced tutor and facilitator provided me with clear knowledge and awareness of Data Protection. I’m truly grateful for this experience.” NK, Public Services Department

“An eye-opening course…I am glad I attended this course.” HNHA, Department of Labour, Ministry of Home Affairs

“Good and interactive explanation/briefing on the Data Protection Policy.” DPHAI, Land Transport Department

In addition to the formal training there were some lively discussions during the breaks about the different approaches to Data Protection in the UK and Brunei. Other important subjects for discussion included the relative success of Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United!

This training was phase 2 of our Brunei consultancy project. Phase 1 involved developing a Data Protection Audit Manual, drafted by our colleague Tim Turner, based on the Brunei Data Protection Policy. This included guidance on DP audit planning, preparation and the use of DP audit templates. Many delegates commented that the manual was clear, comprehensive and very easy to follow.

This is one of many recent consultancy projects we have conducted. It enhances our reputation as one of the UK’s leading providers of in house training and consultancy in information law and information management. As more countries enact data protection legislation, we hope to be at the forefront of developing products and services that will enable those working in this field to develop their skills. Watch this space!

But all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy! Whilst the tourism industry in Brunei is not as developed as its neighbour Malaysia, there is still plenty to see and do (and eat). There are some stunning mosques which will impress people of all faiths and none.

The food is a tasty mix of traditional Malay cuisine as well as dishes influenced by the many Chinese and Indians who have settled in Brunei. You can enjoy the delicious (and very cheap) street food in the Night Market or dine in style in the many upmarket restaurants. There is something for all tastes and budgets.

We also took the opportunity to ride a water taxi to the historic water village of Kampong Ayar. Over 1000 years old it boasts 500 houses built on stilts in the river. A further trip up the river allowed us to see a few monkeys and the odd (less cuddly) crocodile!

Brunei is a fantastic country and well worth an inclusion on a Far East holiday itinerary. Want to see more photos? See our Twitter feed or search the hashtag “#ActNowinBrunei”.

Finally we would like to thank all our friends in Brunei who organised and attended this training and made us feel so much at home. Keep in touch.

Please take a moment to browse our in house training and consultancy pages. Feel free to get in touch to discuss your requirements in this area.

Brunei or Bust

In January 2015 the Act Now team will be flying out to Brunei to deliver data protection audit training to staff working for the Government of Brunei.

Negara Brunei Darussalam, to give Brunei its full name, is a small country located in Southeast Asia. It is surrounded by Malaysia and has two parts physically separated by Malaysia. Here is the BBC’s guide to the country.

This is phase 2 of our Brunei consultancy project. Phase 1 involved developing a Data Protection Audit Manual based on the Data Protection Policy released by the Brunei Government. This included guidance on DP audit planning, preparation and the use of DP audit templates.

Ibrahim Hasan and Paul Gibbons, well known experts and trainers in this field, will lead the Brunei training project. Ibrahim said:

“I am looking forward to going out there to showcase our training expertise to an international audience. As more countries enact data protection legislation, we hope to be at the forefront of developing products and services that will enable those working in this field to develop their skills.”

This is one of many recent consultancy projects. Last year Act Now won a tender to deliver information rights consultancy services to The Rural Payments Agency. We were tasked with reviewing the RPA’s information rights handling policies and procedures in the light of best practice and legislative developments.

This latest project enhances our reputation as one of the UK’s leading providers of in-house training and consultancy in information law and information management. We pride ourselves on having the most well known experts who have all worked in the public sector for many years. We particularly specialise in:

  • Conducting information management audits
  • Writing policies, procedures and protocols
  • Conducting information risk assessments
  • Providing best practice advice on handling requests for information
  • Writing reports for senior managers and decision makers

Please take a moment to browse our in-house training and consultancy pages. Feel free to get in touch to discuss your requirements in this area.

Act Now Appointed to Deliver Information Rights Consultancy Project

Act Now Training is pleased to announce that it has won a tender to deliver information rights consultancy services to an executive agency of a UK Government Department.

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) is an executive agency of Defra, and operates as the single accredited CAP paying agency in England on behalf of Defra and the Devolved Administrations. It delivers £2.3 billion of CAP payments each year to the businesses and organisations which supply our food, maintain our rural economy, cultural heritage and environmental landscapes. In total, it is responsible for over 40 EU CAP schemes, some of which apply across GB and the UK.

RPA is subject to the full range of information access legislation including the Data Protection Act, Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations. Act Now has been tasked with reviewing the RPA’s information rights handling policies and procedures in the light of best practice and legislative developments. By the end of March we will be delivering a report setting out our recommendations.

Paul Simpkins and Tim Turner, well known experts and trainers in this field, will lead this project. Commenting on the award of the contract, Ibrahim Hasan (director of Act Now Training) said:

“I am very pleased that we have won yet another consultancy project for a major government agency. Our services will contribute to the good work already being done in the RPA to ensure that information governance processes and procedures follow industry best practice. ”

This is one of many recent consultancy projects Act Now has undertaken and enhances our reputation as one of the UK’s leading providers of in house training and consultancy in information law and information management. We pride ourselves on having the most well known experts who have all worked in the public sector for many years. We particularly specialise in:

  • Conducting information management audits
  • Writing policies, procedures and protocols
  • Conducting information risk assessments
  • Providing best practice advice on handling requests for information
  • Writing reports for senior managers and decision makers

We are also starting to develop an international reputation. In January 2014 we won a contract to deliver data protection consultancy services to the Government of Brunei.

Please take a moment to browse our in house training and consultancy pages. Feel free to get in touch to discuss your requirements in this area.

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