UK Pipelines launches new training centre

Posted: Wednesday 16th July 2008

In a bid to boost skill levels in the drainage and pipeline industry, UK Pipelines is opening a dedicated training centre at its headquarters in Sheffield.

The online drainage and pipeline retailer is working with the EU Skills Council and others in the sector, to establish a recognised standard for industry training.

From mid-August, UK Pipelines will be aligning training courses at its new centre with the EU Skills Council’s new Competent Drainage Operative National Register. Training will be available in the various key roles that exist within the industry, to demonstrate competence and allow individuals to work effectively in terms of health and safety and operational techniques.

To manage the industry’s increasing emphasis on training, UK Pipelines is relocating its current operation to new offices in the Waterthorpe area of Sheffield and will convert its existing premises, in the city’s Attercliffe district, into a training centre. This will allow the company to offer a full range of in-house courses, for which it is seeking approval from City and Guilds and the Health and Safety Executive.

Gavin Kieran, UK Pipelines’ depot manager, said: “There is currently no mechanism available to assess the competence of a drainage operative. It has been acknowledged by the industry that a national occupational standard is required, to ensure customers can identify a company with a skilled workforce and give the sector something to measure the quality of its in-house training against.”

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