welcome to Akona
The word Akona means in Maori ‘To learn’
Akona was established in 2005 by the current owners and Directors Steve and Gaynor Ashley. The aim of the company is to provide high quality training. Predominately this has been directed towards the Security and Events industry however Akona added to its portfolio with Railway Engineering in 2012. The company has successfully delivered accredited programmes through several Educational Awarding Bodies for many high profile clients and events which have proven to be key milestones for Akona which include:
2005 – 2010: Wembley National Stadium approved training provider of event and management training courses and qualifications.
2006 – Present: Chelsea Football Club providing events stewarding/management, customers service, safeguarding and security training and qualifications at all levels.
2006 – 2011: Selected and participated in the course writing and the delivery of the 2012 London Volunteers programme.
2006 – 2012: Everton Football Club, Fulham Football Club, West Ham United Football Club, Charlton Athletic Football Club, Leyton Orient Football Club and The Oval Cricket Ground – event stewarding and customer service training packages.
2007 – Present: Awarded Career Transition Partnership CTP and ELCAS recognised training provider for Security, Events, Health & Safety and Railway Engineering Overhead Lines Construction training for service personnel leaving the Armed forces.
2008 – 2011: Awarded several Olympic 2012 contracts including the Borough of Waltham Forest, Newham Host Olympic Boroughs, Hackney Borough Bridging the Gap contract.
2011 – 2013: International recognition delivery of accredited event management training and qualifications to Sports Club Corinthians, Sao Paulo, Brazil. In preparation of the 2015 World Cup.
2011: Awarded training provider contract for the 2011 World Skills, London.
2012 – Present: Awarded by the National Skills Academy Rail (NSAR) training provider specialising in Overhead Lines Construction and Safety Critical training.
2013 – Present: Delivery of Railway Engineering Overhead Lines Construction courses OLEC standards and level 3 Diploma qualifications.
2014: Commonwealth Games Glasgow – Contracted to deliver Event Stewarding and Security qualifications.
2014 – 2015: Akona contracted to provide Balfour Beatty Junior Overhead Lines Engineers with training and assessments that would meet to the Level 3 Diploma in Railway Engineering Overhead Lines Construction.
2015 – 2016: Atkins contract Akona and Akona Concepts to provide the training, management of Apprentice Site Design Engineers for the GWEP project.
2015 – Present: Akona Concepts Limited established in the October 2015 sister company to Akona Limited. Concepts awarded a contract with Amey to provide the Great Western Electrification Project (GWEP) with newly trained and qualified OLE Assistant Engineers.