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Background to Develop Training

The name "Develop" originated in 2000, when a contract was gained to deliver technical skills training for Anglian Water. Some delegates may also recognise the Water Training International brand (WTI) as one acquired by Develop in 2004 and many will have studied with us under the WTI days at the Burn Hall venue near York or our former venue near Rutland Water.

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 Authored 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.

Training centres

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.