Develop Training Limited (DTL) is one of the UK's leading accredited providers of Compliance, Technical, and Safety training. Our learners include some of the UK's largest and best-known organisations from the Utilities and Construction, Defence, Healthcare, Facilities Management, and Telecommunication sectors.
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Background to Develop Training
DTL was established in its current form in 2007, but has a history of training and assessment stretching back nearly 50 years. The firm has a staff of over 100 as well as a rich network of associates, sub-contractors and partnerships which form an extended corporate family. DTL provides services for many of the UK's largest infrastructure companies, in addition to thousands of smaller firms, and trains over 30,000 learners every year. In the last year, DTL has established a robust Code of Practice and learning model which underpins its whole operation.
Training sector expertise
The training centre at Burn Hall retains particular expertise within the Facilities Management sector and it was influential in setting high standards for training, in particular for safe systems of work for Authorising Engineers and Authorised Persons. We continue to have a fantastic relationship with AE's and AP's across the Commercial, Healthcare and Defence sectors.
The training centre at Derby will be well known to many from the Gas and Water Utilities and for some time it has been the hub for an extensive portfolio of compliance and technical training in the utilities industry, and the delivery of a not insignificant number of utilities apprenticeships. We are proud to work with so many organisations large and small and it makes us very proud to see former apprentices moving through into supervisory roles and beyond.
Technical competence and compliance
Many delegates will also recognise the "5831" scheme which was created by Develop Training Ltd to better recognise technical skills, wherever possible by assessing the delegates practical ability in addition to their technical knowledge. Now known as the Frontline Skills Framework 5831 Scheme (accredited by City and Guilds) the scheme offers a wide range of assessment standards that are not available elsewhere. The scheme helps to build competence and evidence of compliance of an individual's technical proficiency (as part of a balanced package of training, experience and qualifications). Some will remember that 5831 was the standard for confined spaces before the NOS were developed industry wide.
In the most recent period our training centres have diversified such that most training solutions can be delivered from each centre or on client premises. With the exception of some programmes requiring larger and more fixed assets, the vast majority of other training has become more flexible, more mobile and more local, driven by the market, driven by our clients. The two more recent centres in Linlithgow and Bolton continue to be developed and the Swindon training centre has grown considerably in capability and utilisation.
When booking with Develop Training you can be sure we have a programme of continuous quality improvement.
Our style in the approach and development of training
The breadth and depth of Develop Training's activities may be, in some cases, surprising!
We train the employees of some of the largest, and most iconic, blue-chip companies in the UK. The vast majority of our clients are from the water, gas and facilities management sectors. Northumbrian Water, Northern Gas Networks and Carillion are already members of our expanding portfolio of clients. We also work with power and telecoms companies, such as National Grid and BT; NHS hospital trusts; the Ministry of Defence; and large infrastructure construction firms, such as Balfour Beatty, Kier Group, and Skanska.
Some of our most popular courses are relevant to almost every sector and business environment. We facilitate safe-working with asbestos; the ability to deal with, and prevent, Legionella; and best practice Confined Space training.
Although we offer an annual "Open Course Programme" on which any firm, or individual, may book places the vast majority of our training takes places through the provision of bespoke courses. These courses can be held at any one of our six UK training centres or, if preferred and practical, at client premises. Develop Training is extraordinarily flexible in its approach.
Develop Training is also highly innovative. We provide systems integrated web portals for clients to track, manage and maintain training records. These also provide automatic reminders for training needs to ensure continual compliance. Most recently, working closely with Siemens, Develop Training has established UK-wide Smart Meter training capabilities. Additionally, the content of a number of our specialist courses, such as those involving leakage detection, gas pressure control, and airfield ground lighting is unrivalled in the UK.
Internationally, too, we continue to develop tailored training programmes to meet our clients' needs throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East and, since 1990 have provided annual technical and awareness workshops for the Japan Water Works Association.
As we are all increasingly aware there are skills gaps across the UK workforce and Develop Training has much to offer in this area, and not only technically.
Develop Training understands the need for companies, across all sectors, to provide comprehensive and practical training to employees making the transition from operative to supervisor, and from supervisor to manager.
Consequently we offer Management Development programmes in (amongst many other areas) time management, conflict resolution, and presentation skills, plus nationally recognised awards in the assessment of workplace competencies, quality assurance and team coaching.
Importantly our courses are accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management and City & Guilds under its Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance (TAQA) programme, therefore providing real value to employer and employee alike.
Develop Training considers all of its clients important, but some require greater contact, management and resources than others. In order to help in this, all of our major clients have multiple points of direct contact and a dedicated Account Director, Business Develop Manager and Client Service Executive. We believe this is vital in order to match our services with client needs.
Surprised? Find out more and discuss your company's training and development needs by calling us on 0800 876 6708.