“BJ” Clarke, IEDD instructor, takes on a new role

Submitted by Charlie Fothergill on Wednesday, 17th July 2019

After working as an Explosives Instructor at ISSEE for the past five years Jon Clarke, better known in the industry as “BJ”, has been offered great new opportunity and will be moving on this month to bring his immense set of talents to a new team. 

During his time at ISSEE, Jon has instructed students in a variety of ammunition and explosive subjects, from the storage of explosives to the making safe of chemical munitions and rendering safe of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).  

ISSEE releases full range of courses accredited by SQA

Submitted by Charlie Fothergill on Monday, 8th April 2019

Providing academically accredited Counter Terrorism, Explosives and Security training

ISSEE continues to work in a unique partnership with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and has recently expanded the list of SQA-accredited courses to include the whole range of core training courses.

The SQA began working with ISSEE in September 2018, when they placed Explosives Storage Management and Security training courses on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF), formally allocating SCQF levels and credits to these qualifications.

The Qatar Embassy commends ISSEE’s new International Ammunition Technician course

Submitted by Charlie Fothergill on Wednesday, 13th February 2019

A group of Qatar Embassy officials granted a presentation plaque to the ISSEE team to show their approval of the new International Ammunition Technician course. 

In January 2019 the representatives from Qatar visited the ISSEE training centre in Oxfordshire to meet the group of students who are the first undertake the new International Ammunition Technician course, a much anticipated advanced 24-week programme taught by experienced ex-British Army Ammunition Technicians who a

ISSEE Assist Humanitarian Demining INGOs in Delivering IED Training

Submitted by Anonymous on Wednesday, 29th March 2017

ISSEE are working with humanitarian demining international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) to implement an Improvised Explosive Device Defeat (IEDD) Course and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Awareness Course to be delivered in 2017. This, along with a Train-the-Trainer course, allows the INGOs to conduct training within their own operational sphere.

Public Security and Safety Training

Submitted by Anonymous on Thursday, 15th December 2016

ISSEE are now running training and briefing days directly aimed at aiding those responsible for public security.

Terrorist organisations are always looking to increase their presence and influence and they turn to all and any means of attack to deliver that terror. ‘Lone Actor’ attacks within mass transit facilities or areas of public gathering are also increasingly central to the concerns of the Security Services and Police. Either method of attack or threat of attack, has the chilling effect of spreading fear among the lives of ordinary people.

ISSEE helps Iraqi military face oncoming IED challenge in Mosul

Submitted by Anonymous on Tuesday, 4th October 2016

Under the Islamic State group, Mosul has been transformed into an urban minefield littered with explosives and traps meant to bait troops and technicians into setting them off. Once Iraqi forces retake Mosul from the militants that have held it since 2014, they will have to contend with the city itself.

Valerie Insinna, from Defense News reports on how ISSEE has been working with NATO to train Officers from Iraq to deal with IEDs left by Islamic State Group

Duty of Care Requirements in the Explosives Industry

Submitted by Anonymous on Monday, 3rd October 2016

Occasionally, incidents and near misses occur at explosives and munitions manufacturing facilities which, despite rigorous safety processes, are unforeseen within the daily working environment. 

This is not to say that safety is lapse, more so that workers are not always trained or experienced to analyse the wider implications of working with explosives beyond their immediate task

ISSEE’s Latest Course Dates – Including Explosive Foundation, Firing Officer and EOD 2

Submitted by Anonymous on Sunday, 25th September 2016

ISSEE are pleased to release our latest course dates:

03 Oct to 11 Oct – Firing Officers Course
To help demonstrate a level of competence for candidates wishing to progress and assume the responsibilities of a Firing Officer.

03 Oct to 10 Oct – Post Bomb Scene Management
Provide the student with the knowledge required to recover evidence from a scene, working to multi-agency best practices.