The Axis Academy has confirmed the appointment of its senior team following the launch of the new Learning and Development business.

Duaine Taylor is the new Head of Learning and Development, and Peter Morris has been appointed as The Axis Academy’s Lead Trainer. Both come with a wealth of training and industry-related experience. The Axis Academy has been set up to improve the skills and professionalism of all those employed by Axis Group companies and to drive up professional standards.

Duaine, who was previously the Training Manager for Axis Cleaning and Support Services, is now responsible for the learning and development of employees across the entire Axis Group, reporting to Naomi Austen, Group HR & Learning Director. Responsible for the day-to-day management of the business, he is also tasked with establishing new training regimes, working with expert trainers to devise bespoke courses which answer the needs of employees and clients. Duaine started his career in the military and after nine years of service he left the Army to pursue a career in teaching. He moved into public service lecturing helping other ex-military personnel transition to the corporate world. He also worked at the Commonwealth Games, training military personnel responsible for part of the security of the Games, and also spent time doing close protection. He has more than 10 years’ experience gained from working in the commercial training market. “As a new business and a regulated training provider there has been a great deal of focus on making sure that we have the right courses available to all employees,” Duaine explains. “Learning and development is a key factor in their enthusiasm for their role. It is important that we demonstrate our commitment to those people and invest in their futures,” he continues. “We have also been focusing on bringing in the right people to help us achieve this and setting up the structure across the Group of companies to ensure that we can identify the employee’s learning needs and set keep them on the right learning pathway.” Duaine will be working with Training Champions from Axis Security, Axis Cleaning and Support Services and Acuity, to identify exactly what learning and development are required for each employee, conducting a training needs analysis as standard, identifying areas of strength and weakness. The Champions will also work closely with the operational management teams to identify and reduce risk, as well as succession planning.

Peter Morris, who joined Axis Security as a site based security officer before working his way up to a role as an Assistant Account Manager with Axis Security, becomes the company’s Lead Trainer. A former Metropolitan Police detective who joined the private security industry in 1999, Peter has a strong operational background and understanding of the challenges employees face on a day to day basis, as well as the typical expectations of the client. Peter holds several teaching qualifications and a Masters degree in Security Management. Commenting on this new role, Peter says: “I have always had an interest in personal and professional development, it is something I have taken seriously for my own career and I am now in a position to support other people who want to do the same. Coming from an operational background, I am able to incorporate my experience into the training, building more context into the learning experience. “It is an ideal time to be joining The Axis Academy. There is so much drive and commitment from everyone and the support that we are getting from the Board is instrumental to the way we will shape its success. For example, there has been significant investment, in terms of finance, time and old fashioned hard work being put into developing a bespoke training management system. This is no small undertaking but it will bring complete automation to the management of each learner’s professional development. Everything is being done to make this business a success so that we – and all the employees across the Axis Group – can have a learning approach to be proud of.”

Jonathan Levine, Group Chief Executive, welcomes the new team’s experience: “This is an exciting time for the business as we look to support our employees and their future career ambitions. Investing in our people is key to driving positive change and the raising of professional standards across the cleaning, security and support services sectors.”