In the lead up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games and beyond SEFA are working in partnership with the Scottish Police College to deliver a new type of training for the festivals and events industry. The programme will be groundbreaking as it will give the participants the opportunity to explore and work with the emergency services.
In November at a two day crowd management seminar this innovative learning development strategy is being trialed for the very first time. The two-day programme, delivered by Professor Chris Kemp from the International Centre for Crowd Management & Security Studies, Bucks New University and Allan Jones, International Policing Advisor for Crowd Control will open with a session on the theory behind crowd management and crowd science. This will then be contextualized through two major studies on recent incident and issues at venues and events. From this base the Hydra Suite at the Scottish Police College will be utilized to run an exercise using real time, real life scenarios which focus on the decision making capabilities under pressure of those involved in the seminar. After this exercise the participants will be interviewed about the decisions that have been made.
The reason behind this education process is to try to deliver a new type of festival and event management education linked to immersive learning including inductive and deductive reasoning skills giving those present on the course not only the underpinning theory behind what happens at events but a role in the decision making process which will affect the event going forward. How participants’ can be held accountable for their decisions and how the outcome of these decisions could be viewed in the eyes of the media and other stakeholders will also be examined. In this way a new breed of succession managers will be created through this intensive programme. This will challenge not only the risk averse nature of event planning but also support the change process in festival and event delivery.
The course runs from the 13th-14th November, 2013 at Scottish Police College, Tulliallan Castle, FK10 4BE