Focus Training Launches Online Courses

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we all work. While we hope to return to the classroom soon, Focus recognises we need to adapt. As a result, we have re-designed many of our most popular courses for online delivery ensuring our clients can still access top quality training from a trusted provider with over 20 years in the field.

These courses have been designed at three levels so you can choose to take just one module, jump straight to a higher level if you already have the experience, or combine modules together for an end-to-end training experience.

We have designed our courses to maximise student participation and interaction ensuring participants are fully engaged during the sessions.  

We use a range of training styles including:

  • Tutor lead presentations
  • Student pre-reads
  • Online discussions 
  • Assessments
  • Research tasks
  • Break out groups
  • Virtual whiteboard 
  • Q and A sessions
  • Practical tasks

All teaching is led by a subject matter expert with a wealth of training and practical experience, ensuring that concentration and interest are maintained throughout. Courses are available in three levels, ranging from an introduction to advanced levels, and can be delivered across one to five days, dependent on your requirements.

Online Courses We Now Offer 

Handling Intelligence in Investigations

Level 1 When we think of investigation, we think Evidence but before we establish evidence we need to know how to deal with raw information and how to turn that information into actionable Intelligence, from that point we can develop intelligence into evidence. Students will be introduced to an Intelligence cycle and how to understand fully the distinction between intelligence and evidence.

Who? Personnel tasked with gathering and handling intelligence as part of any investigation.

Duration: 3 hours over one day.

Level 2 Builds on level one and will introduce more advanced intelligence concepts. This level two course explores more advanced intelligence techniques such as critical thinking, methods to reduce error within decisions and how to negotiate terms of reference. 

You will also cover human rights considerations along with methods on how to produce a collection plan. Finally, intelligence analysis methods will be covered outlining the most useful analytical techniques.

Who? Those who have completed level one along with those already working within the intelligence environment.

Duration: 6 hours over one day.

Level 3 explores more practical aspects of handling intelligence. What methods can be used to the to evaluate the truthfulness of any given intelligence? How key assumptions are also explored in terms of subconscious bias? Document secrecy levels are explored and advice is given around conducting face to face intelligence briefings. Intelligence interpreted from incomplete data, and how are risks assessed. 

Who? Those who have completed level two along with those already working within the intelligence environment for some time.

Duration: 12 hours over 2 days.

Find out more here.

Financial Investigation Techniques 

Level 1 will introduce you to the vocabulary and common definitions around the field of financial investigation.  This course will equip you with an introduction to the world of financial investigation allowing you to progress to higher levels in your own time. 

Who? If you are new to financial investigation this introductory-level course will make you familiar with the definitions of the terms used then this field.

Duration: 3 hours in 1 day.

Level 2 will build on the knowledge of level one and introduce many international concepts around financial investigation such as the international financial action task force and United Nations involvement.  Money laundering techniques will be explored together with an introduction to suspicious activity reports.

Who? Students who are working within the financial investigation arena who need to broaden their understanding of international organisations.

Duration: 6 hours in 1 day.

Level 3 A more in-depth examination of money laundering techniques including the use of informal value transfer systems. Explanation and practice of concealed income analysis to establish benefit from illegally obtained income.

Who? Students who have completed levels 1 and 2 or have been in post within financial investigation units who require a greater understanding around this subject.

Duration: 12 hours in 2 days.

Find out more here.

Using Analysis Effectively for Investigation

Level 1 students will gain an introduction to the world of intelligence analysis. The analysis will be explained around the intelligence cycle and a more in-depth model introduced dealing specifically with the building blocks of analysis. Finally, the most useful analytical techniques will be explained and discussed.

Who? Individuals who are considering a career within an intelligence analysis or who have recently joined a unit involved in this field.

Duration: 3 hours over 1 day.

Level 2 students will build on their knowledge from level 1 by putting into practice analytical charting techniques. Inference production will be introduced with students applying critical thinking techniques to produce an analytical Hypothesis.

Who? Students who have completed level one or have some analytic experience.

Duration: 6 hours over 1 day.

Level 3 students will be introduced to the skill of negotiating terms of reference from stakeholders prior to the commencement of any analytical work. More advanced charting techniques will be introduced enabling students to tackle a range of analytical scenarios.

Who? Students who have completed level 2 or have some months of practical analytic experience.

Duration: 12 hours over 2 days.

Find out more here.

Planning and Conducting Investigations

Level 1 the first consideration when issues arise is defining the need to investigate. This course will discuss this issue using mature investigation modelling techniques including the fraud triangle. 

Once the need to investigate is established the identification of exactly what needs to be proved is essential, students will learn how to forensically establish a point to prove for any breach of the law, contract or process. 

Who? Those interested in investigation skills as a career. All those recently engaged in an investigative role.

Duration: 3 hours over 1 day.

Level 2 students will discover the essential list of strategies to apply to any investigation. Negotiating and agreeing on appropriate strategies will be taught together with a detailed knowledge of the differences between intelligence and evidence. Students will also be introduced to common analytical techniques used within an investigation. 

Who? Individuals who are new to the field of investigation and require a more in-depth understanding of the strategies available to them. 

Duration: 6 hours over 1 day.

Level 3 students will be introduced to the skill of negotiating terms of reference from stakeholders prior to the commencement of any analytical work. More advanced charting techniques will be introduced enabling students to tackle a range of analytical scenarios.

Who? All those engaged in an investigative role be that within law enforcement or the commercial arena.

Duration: 12 hours over 2 days.

Find out more here.

Managing Risk within Investigations

Level 1 Students will benefit from an explanation of risk terms and definitions. Risks will be explored specifically around investigations exploring the dynamics between investigator, organisation and offenders.  A matrix designed to measure risk will be introduced.  

Who? This level one course is targeted at those interested in risk elements within an investigation.

Duration: 3 hours over 1 day.

Level 2 students utilise the knowledge from level one and put this into practice. Students will explore the PESTELO model around risk and populate a risk matrix then measure investigative risk and apply risk treatments. 

Who? Level three his is aimed at those required to practically assess risk within an investigation.

Duration: 6 hours over 1 day.

Find out more here.

Delivery

We can adapt to delivery over WebEx, Zoom, Google Meetings and Google Teams.  If an organisation uses another platform, we will use your preferred app.

The students/organisations need to ensure a constant electricity supply and stable broadband connection.  Students need access to a laptop during the course, mobile phones do not provide full functionality. Time zone differences will be catered for so that neither Focus nor the student is learning in the early hours of the morning. Delivery is only in English, so basic understanding is required. It is of lesser importance that students have confidence in conversational English. 

 Delivery schedules have not been produced at this early stage so interest will be collated, and once sufficient student numbers have been reached a date will be announced.  Organisations wanting in-house delivery will agree on a date with Focus.

We have recently delivered online to:

  • Interpol
  • European Centre for Promoting Lifelong Learning (CPIP) Romania  
  • Singapore London School of Economics.

Feedback was far beyond what we expected due to our expert trainers and our innovative style.

Fee Structure     

Fees are banded into levels 1, 2 and 3, the price is the same whatever course you choose. Fees are payable electronically on registration, in Sterling.

Individuals fee structure

Level 1 £60

Level 2 £120

Level 3 £250



  Organisation fee structure

For group bookings, a trainer day rate will apply depending on group numbers.

Example.  A booking for 10 students would be charged at: 

Level 1 £500

Level 2 £900

Level 3 £1500

Students outside the UK will not attract UK tax.

Payment is required on registration.

 

Nothing here for you? If you do not see the course you need here please talk to us, we have over 25 courses available and will develop as the market requires.

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