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High flying trainees join tRIIO and DTL execs at Gas Industry Awards

High flying trainees join tRIIO and DTL execs at Gas Industry Awards

05 June 2017

Two young trainees joined senior executives from tRIIO and their training partner Develop Training Ltd (DTL) at a prestigious gas industry awards ceremony in London last month.

Gary Tidman and Darren Knight are both Trainee Site Managers at tRIIO on a 12-month training programme delivered by DTL.

They joined tRIIO's Training and Competence Manager Joanne Green and DTL executives at the Gas Industry Awards and represented the tRIIO workforce undergoing training as part of a five-year contract between the gas engineering business and the training consultancy.

A number of DTL clients collected awards, presented by broadcaster John Inverdale, including SGN who were awarded the coveted title of Company of the Year.

Fast-track programme for trainee site managers

The tRIIO trainees, including Gary and Darren, are taking part in a new fast-track programme to support trainees entering the industry with little experience in the gas sector to become qualified Site Managers within 12 months.

The enriched training programme ensures delegates complete required industry qualifications while working alongside a senior member of the tRIIO team to learn practical skills and knowledge on site.

On completion, Gary and Darren will join operations teams as site managers and have the opportunity to train to become project managers. tRIIO currently has 12 trainees at different stages of the programme, and is seeking to recruit an additional 20 into the business. DTL is delivering the full technical training programme.

"An attractive proposition with a clear career and development path"

Joanne Green said: "Opportunities within the gas industry have been undersold to young people over the past 30 years. Working with DTL, tRIIO has created an attractive proposition offering a clear career and development path where new entrants can benefit not only from the structured training, but the industry knowledge of our existing workforce. Gary and Darren already benefiting from the programme and we look forward to seeing them and their fellow trainees progress."

Chris Wood, Chief Executive of DTL, said: "It was a pleasure to be joined by Gary and Darren at the Gas Industry Awards ceremony. It was also pleasing to see so many of our clients on stage collecting well deserved awards for their contribution to the sector. At DTL, we strongly believe that the gas industry, together with the rest of the utilities and construction sector, must invest in training to tackle the skills shortage and adapt to the future, and tRIIO is a great example of that."

DTL is providing tailored training for tRIIO, a joint venture between Morrison Utility Services and Skanska UK, under a five-year contract. The training partnership comprises a mix of traditional and newly designed bespoke courses, centred on an intuitive online training portal, developed specifically for tRIIO. Another unique feature of the delivery model is that certain aspects of training and assessment will be delivered on-site, rather than remotely at DTL training centres.

Cost savings of over £200,000 in first year

DTL’s web-based Learning & Assessment Portal (LAP), allows managers and staff to stay on track with training and compliance via computer, tablet or smartphone.

Joanne Green said: "The LAP has had a massive impact on the efficiency and delivery of our technical training services. In particular, it provides users with a quick and easy method of identifying training requirements and booking courses. This has resulted in us streamlining the overall process, through which we estimate the LAP has helped tRIIO realise cost savings in excess of £200,000 in its first year."

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