Supported by the European Social Fund

Private investigators are going to be regulated by the SIA starting in 2014

The Act states that individuals will need an SIA licence and will need to undertake SIA training like other licensable which include door supervision, security guarding, CCTV operations, close protection and cash and valuables in transit. You will therefore need to be trained and have CRB check to obtain a licence. If you are involved in surveillance, inquiries or investigations that are carried out for the purpose of:

finding information about a person or the whereabouts or activities of a particular person, or gathering information in which property has been lost or damaged.

Anyone involved in private investigation will need a licence this will include employees, suprvisors, managers and directors. More information can be seen here:

Who Said Middle Management Was Easy?
The pressures of middle management can be overwhelming at the best of times. You are stuck right in the middle of the powers that be and the operational section of the business with both parties pulling you like a tug of war rope. The demands from your employers on your time, energy and life just seem to increase as you have to manage and be responsible for a number of people, their work load, training needs, career paths and all that is their working life as well as your own! You also want to be a good manager so you are try your best to inspire, engage, empower, motivate, encourage and create a desirable working environment –phew!

Remember The Middle Manager?
But while you are striving to do your job as best you can, spinning all plates necessary as a manager, it is likely that one of the plates may drop, and it may feel that is just far too difficult to pick it up again. What is this plate? It is you, your training needs and career path. The plate that ensures that you are developing, growing and expanding your skills base to ensure that you remain relevant, maintain the ability to manage effectively and even carve a progressive career path for yourself.

It is often the case that middle management can find that they work so hard to obtain their position that they are almost left on the scrap heap as they work hard to ensure that their staff needs are met, in order to meet the needs of the business.  Taking the time out to complete career strengthening training courses can just seem like an impossibility when you consider the traditional classroom based approach to learning.  The sometimes laborious enrolment procedure alone can require just a little too much time and effort when you are a busy manager – not to think of the travelling to the college or university a number of times a week and spending a very rigid number of hours in the classroom.

E-Courses Rescue the Middle Manager
Luckily though, technology has given middle management a way out of this catch through e-learning.  Although not as much of a new phenomenon as we would like to think, e-learning has taken a while to catch on whilst people get to grips with the idea that learning does not have to take place in the classroom for it to be effective.  Online courses or e-courses as they are often referred to, cover a range of skills sets, qualifications and topics such as E-commerce, Financial management, Business Development and Sales and Marketing – just to mention a few . Yet the most beneficial feature of learning this way for the middle manager is the flexible nature of the course delivery.

Flexibility Makes E-Courses a Winner
From registration to delivery to completion, the entire e-course is managed by you. When and where you study is determined by non-other than yourself! It is all online so there are no limitations or restrictions on your study.

Value for Money
E-courses are often better value for money than its classroom alternative simply because of the reduced costs required in delivering the course, so it doesn’t even have to hurt your pocket too much.

Learn In Bite Sized Chunks
As you are in control, you can study at your own pace. You may feel that taking on a full course in one may be too much for you, so the ability to manage your study load alongside your work load may prove to be very advantageous.

So middle manager, there is definitely still hope. As you give to the staff under you and encourage their development, you too have the opportunity to gain more skills and meet your own training needs.
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Online learning, or as it is often referred to – E-learning, is fast becoming the skills development method of choice for both individuals and employers. If you are considering e-learning as a means to advance your education or professional training, you are certainly not alone.

4.6 million people took at least one online course in 2008, and the industry has since enjoyed a 13% year on year increase.

But this level of growth should not come as a surprise given that e-learning offers its user’s benefits that are hard to dispute, such as:
• Low cost learning,
• Learning that can take place at a time and place to suit the learner
• The learner manages the pace of their learning
• E-learning courses are easily accessible
• The learner spends less time travelling to and from classroom based learning.

The UK is currently the largest e-learning market in Europe, second only to the USA. According to the UK e-learning market 2010 report by Learning Light, the UK industry was worth £472 million in 2010

Not just for the individual
It is not only individuals that are recognising the benefits of e-learning. Businesses are increasingly opting for e-learning for their staff with direct results on productivity and sales. E-learning puts the skills development of the workforce in the hands of the employer and allows learning to take place in a format that suits business. Currently, an overwhelming 69% of organisations in the UK use e-learning as their primary skills development tool.

By all accounts, e-learning is successfully challenging the traditional class room based form of learning.  Take a look at our available courses and start learning from today.

A recent survey conducted by People 1st in connection with its Great Places 2 Work campaign, found that 45% of British workforce would like to change their career. For many workers, changes in the work they are doing, changes in family circumstances, health issues or the desire for a new challenge can really instigate a need to change direction in regards to profession. Many people become dissatisfied with their roles, want better work-life-balance or want to achieve a life-long ambition.

The decision to change career can be one of the biggest a person can make. After many years building knowledge, skills and experience in a particular sector, changing careers can be deemed by many as a high risk move. The uninspiring state of the British economy at present creates a feeling of fear with a definite reluctance to branch out and try something new. That coupled with the time needed to up skill and in most cases, learn completely new skills can make the thought of changing a career very frightening.

However, there is an argument that although there is an overall lack of jobs on the market, there are still a number of industries that are struggling to find sufficient skilled workers and tare welcoming new entrants.

Before making the break, it is important that considerable thought takes place. Take the time to assess where you are now, what you have achieved so far and where you want to be in the near or distant future. Consider the reasons why you want to change your career, as this will impact the industry that you choose to enter.

Once you are sure of the industry you want to move into, the next stage is to look at the skills you will need to secure your desired role and to operate confidently in it. The great news is that improving on your current skills and knowledge base or gaining new ones has become a lot easier and more accessible. People often shy away from learning due to the full time work and family commitments, the demand of your time and cost. However, online learning offers fantastic affordable opportunities to learn in your own time and from an environment that suits you – whether that be at home, in the office, in a coffee shop or anywhere with internet access!

For example, if you were interested in a role in IT, you may consider registering for the 6 month Windows XP professional online course. If you consider yourself to be creative, then maybe a course in Web design and graphics that you could complete flexibly in your own time might help you on your way. Having a language can put you in good stead within in number of industries. Online courses allow you to affordably start a Spanish Beginners course for example, in your own time.

There are hundreds of online courses available to you, with some starting for as little as £14.99! For more information and for a list of courses visit

Brain cells require two times the amount of energy than that of other cells in the body to work well and efficiently throughout the day. If you are looking to study, it may interest you to know that the following foods can improve your ability to focus and help you to concentrate efficiently and remain mentally alert when studying your Dynamis Education course:

1. Fish 
Most fish has high concentrations of Omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are essential to proper neural function. According to several studies reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eating fish regularly can also reduce your risk of dementia as you get older, another indication of its impact on brain health.






2. Avocados

Avocado contains healthy fat that promotes blood flow, keeping your mind functioning at its peak. I has also been shown to reduce blood pressure.

3. Whole Grains
From oatmeal to whole grain bread, whole grains are excellent brain foods as they improve circulation as they enhance memory function and contain essential fibers, vitamins, and even some Omega-3.

4. Apples
An apple a day can keep the doctor away, and can also help you improve your study performance. The peel of the apple includes a powerful antioxidant called quercetin that enhances memory function.







5. Cruciferous Vegetables

“Cruciferous” vegetables make up a family of vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and brussels sprouts. According to a study by Harvard Medical School, these type vegetables had the most positive effect on memory retention,

Eating these vegetables raw is the best way to get the optimal nutritional benefit as cooking them can also cook out the nutrients. Broccoli has also been shown to slow down the ageing process.

Crusiferous vegetables






6. Dark Chocolate

Chocolate can help to feed the brain by increasing blood flow to the brain, improving alertness and clarity. It also improves memory, – the darker the chocolate, the more benefits your brain will receive.

dark chocolate






7. Spinach

Spinach was not just good for Popeye, it is proven to boost brain power.  It is packed full of folic acid and has even been shown to reverse memory loss.

8. Berries
Fancy a snack whilst studying, take a handful of berries.  Colourful berries such as blueberries, cherries, raspberries, blackberries, black currants, cranberries, and grapes have significant health effects directly related to brain function. They reduce the level of toxins in your bloodstream, and also contain phytonutrients and antioxidants that improve blood flow to the brain and enhance neural activity as well.

9. Legumes
Chickpeas, kidney beans, and lentils contain substantial amounts of protein which power the brain.  In addition, legumes of all varieties contain high concentrations of folic acid which improves ability to recall information.

dried legumes






10. Onions

In Eastern culture, onions have long been revered for their ability to improve important brain functions like memory and focus in particularly Red onions. The compounds in onions, namely anthocyanin and quercetin, have even been shown to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Red  Onions







Along with adjusting your diet, eating a balanced diet, staying hydrated and paying attention to your overall nutrition is a great way to complement to help with your studying.  Eat breakfast as this is the most important meal of the day and you should see that you are more alert, focused and energized.


Dynamis Education CentreDynamis Education Centre (DEC) is pleased to announce the new design of the official DEC website.  DEC believes that the more contemporary design will improve the experience that users have when visiting the site, with better site navigation and member interaction.

The new site highlights the following services:

  • Specific e-courses section
  • Section for business looking for training courses for their employees
  • Student login access

In addition to these services, the new site also has a revamped blog & relevant news section, and allows quick access to all DEC social media updates.

As you use the new Dynamis Education Centre website, your feedback is invaluable to us, so please do not hesitate to let us know how you find the site and if there is anything else we can add to make your user experience an even more positive one.

Young people aged 16 – 18 are being encouraged by Dynamis Education Centre to enrol on their new Customer Service Apprenticeships and NVQ’s. With more and more businesses recognising the need to invest in improving customer service, Dynamis are offering these courses to young people in order to give them the skills required in customer service that will enable them to improve their career prospects.

A young person could have a qualification in customer Service within 4 to 12 months, and because the scheme is government funded, they would not have to pay a penny.

With statistics on the present job market and predictions for the future indicating that young people are likely to be the age group hardest hit by the limited employment opportunities during the economic down-turn, DEC hope that young people would use this opportunity to increase their employment prospects and provide them with a long term career path.

For more information, contact DEC on 0161 233 7007 or email

Dynamis Education Centre (DEC) is pleased to announce that their Physical Intervention Training materials have been endorsed by Edexcel. Produced by the education centre late last year, the training materials cover Level 2 Physical Intervention Skills for the Security Industry and Level 3 Delivering Physical Intervention skills for the Private Security Industry.

The training materials are intended for trainers who wish to offer physical intervention skills training or who want to train other training trainers in this area.

As the only education centre or training provider in Manchester to have developed their own Physical Intervention training material, DEC have responded to the adjustment in the Door Supervisor Licence – linked qualifications in June 2010, which saw physical intervention skills forming part of the required qualifications.

Joel (Joint Managing Director) at Dynamis Education Centre said:

“We are pleased to have our training material recognised within the industry as credible. We worked hard to put it together and believe that our expertise in the physical intervention field contributed to our success in receiving endorsement for our materials.”

DEC has now been listed on the SIA website as a licensed provider of physical intervention in the private security industry where trainers and other training centres can use our physical intervention material under licence.