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ILS HEAT (Hostile Environment Awareness Training)

For organisations whose staff travel to high risk, remote or complex settings, or who are involved in the delivery of contentious projects, the provision of hostile environment training is critically important.

ILS’ HEAT programme has been designed to offer a more accessible learning experience for participants, one that focusses on human behaviour and risk psychology, as well as more established tactical threats.  

ILS HEAT courses combine classroom-based learning with immersive simulations and activities that put delegates’ new skills to the test.

Our ILS HEAT courses have been running since 2010. They are delivered regularly at our training centres near London, UK, and Nairobi, Kenya. They are also delivered globally, on demand.

Our Approach

Personal Safety is rarely a binary choice. There are countless ‘what ifs’ across an endless array of dynamic contextual changes. Recognising this, our teaching works on the fundamental principle that ‘You will always have choices, but all choices have consequences.' 

In this way, our course builds the capacity of our participants to make informed decisions so that they can take personal responsibility for their actions, while considering the implication of those actions, within a framework of good practice principles.

The physical and psychological safety of our participants is of the utmost importance. We have invested heavily in systems, training and processes to ensure that every participant is cared for and empowered by their time with us, whatever their ability or needs.

ILS HEAT Training is delivered
by humanitarians,
for humanitarians.
Our focus is on 'soft' skills: community engagement, negotiation, risk psychology and profile diversity.
ILS HEAT is inclusive, and our Delegate Care Plan aims to ensure that all participants can benefit from the course equally.
ILS is a member of the HPass scheme, so participants can take their ILS HEAT qualification between agencies.

By combining modules on physical safety, human security, digital risk and first aid, our courses offer an integrated and challenging programme of learning, including modules on:

  • Weapons Awareness
  • Communications and Incident reporting
  • Psychological Responses to Risk
  • Negotiation
  • Information Security
  • Road Threats
  • Basic Life Support
  • Psychological Resilience
  • Sexual Violence
  • Kidnap and Detention
  • Blast Threats