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I’m a qualified F-Gas Engineer, what next?

   22 February 2024         Blogs

In order to become a qualified F-Gas engineer you need to complete a training course and obtain a qualification that is certified by an awarding body. Once you have completed a relevant F Gas training course, you will then be able to become F-Gas certified with The F-Gas Register.

However, once you have successfully gained your F-gas qualification you may be wondering, what next?

This blog post takes a brief look at the job roles available to qualified f-gas engineers as well as the qualifications that you can progress on to.

We’ve also created a handy download for you to take away with you.

What is an F-Gas Engineer?

An F Gas engineer is an individual who has obtained F Gas certification, allowing them to legally engage in the servicing of appliances that utilise associated refrigerants. This includes systems such as air conditioning, refrigeration units, and heat pumps.

What kind of job titles might a qualified F-Gas Engineer have?

  • Refrigeration Engineer
  • HVAC Engineer
  • Authorising Engineer
  • Air Conditioning Engineer
  • Heat Pump Engineer
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Maintenance Technician

What is an F Gas qualification?

If you want to work in the Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and/or Heat Pump Industry, installing, servicing and leak checking systems the City & Guilds Award in F-Gas and ODS Regulations: Category I – Leak checking, recovery, installation, service, maintenance of equipment qualification is the legal minimum requirement.

Suitable for new entrants to the industry or those with no previous training, Category 1 f – gas means you are able to carry out any of the controlled activity on any size system.

There are, however, a number of different F-Gas qualification levels. These are as follows:

  • F-Gas Category 1 covers the installation, service, maintenance, recovery and leakage checking of stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment with a charge more than 3kg or 6kg (if hermetically sealed).
  • F-Gas Category 2 covers equipment with a charge of less than 3kg (6kg if hermetically sealed).
  • F-Gas Category 3 covers refrigerant recovery from stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment.
  • F-Gas Category 4 covers leak checking of stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment.

Further information about F Gas qualifications and the relevant regulations can be found here: https://www.developtraining.co.uk/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-f-gas-regulations-517-2014/

F Gas Engineer Career Progression

Once you have successfully completed our F-Gas Cat 1 training course, there are a number of paths you can take in terms of upskilling and future proofing your career and skillset.

It’s not always easy to know what is needed for each route, which is why Develop’s F-Gas expert, Brandon Clark, has put together a pathway of all the different routes you can take and what you need to reach them.

Download the pathway here.

 


Get in touch

If you have any questions about F-Gas training, or our F-Gas Category 1 training course, then please contact our Customer Service team on 0800 876 6708 or email enquiries@developtraining.co.uk

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Meet The Team : Ian Hanmore

   19 February 2024         Blogs

In this month’s instalment of our ‘Meet the Team’ series, we’re featuring Ian Hanmore, one of our Street Works Trainers.

Ian’s journey into training took a unique and unconventional path compared to many of his colleagues. From 1990 to 1998, he served as a Psychiatric Nurse for the NHS, focusing on individuals facing challenges such as deafness, blindness, profound disabilities, or learning disabilities. Later, he transitioned to a forensic secure unit, working with individuals dealing with personality disorders, contributing eight commendable years to the NHS by providing crucial support to those in need.

Entrepreneurial spirit

After his dedicated service with the NHS, Ian embarked on a new venture by establishing his own performance food company, Tramore Performance Foods (TPF). During the early 2000s, the trend of isotonic food and drinks gained prominence, particularly in the sporting community, and recognising an opportunity in the market, Ian brought to market a low-calorie, vitamin-enhanced sorbet. Over the course of three years, Ian collaborated with Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist Dalton Grant and his innovative product not only gained popularity in the UK but also reached international shores, including Australia!

Returning to his roots

Ian’s journey into the realm of street works began in 1986, predating his nursing career. In 2003, he made a deliberate decision to reconnect with his roots and return to the highways. Progressing through various roles, he accumulated a wealth of experience, including roles as a tarmac re-surfacer to eventually overseeing quality assurance for the work carried out by his colleagues. His most recent responsibility involved managing a substantial 40-kilometre stretch of the A13, where he held authority over streetlights, footpaths, and overall road management.

Transition into training

So, with an impressive (and diverse!) career spanning over 25 years, what prompted Ian to transition into the field of training? The catalyst occurred in 2023 when Ian received an email from a recruitment company, inquiring about his interest in a street works training role.

Drawing from his 27 years of experience teaching judo and jujitsu for the World Elite Black Belt Society, Ian saw this as a prime opportunity to leverage his expertise in both street works and teaching.

Upon joining Develop, he entered into the organisation’s Emerge and Evolve programme, a ‘train the trainer’ style programme specifically aimed at upskilling those from industry into the highest quality trainers by supporting them as they gain formal teaching qualifications.

A hit with streetworks delegates

Ian has been a valuable member of the Develop team for 15 months now, garnering exceptional feedback during his time with the organisation.

A delegate who recently attended a streetworks course deliver by him declared, “I believe the training provided went above and beyond the normal material, enabling me to gain a deeper understanding of the rules and regulations, as well as the practical aspects that I can apply in my everyday work on site.”

Another delegate praised Ian stating, “[The] Trainer [Ian Hanmore] was very informative and helpful, explained everything really well, and was easy to understand. Nice, friendly, and a very knowledgeable person.”

Fantastic feedback!

Leisure time

Outside of work, Ian finds enjoyment in working out at the gym and honing his skills in martial arts.

 

To find out more about the streetworks courses that Ian delivers please click here: https://www.developtraining.co.uk/training/utilities/street-works/

A warm welcome to Centre Coordinator, Tanya Crockett

6 February 2024     News

Introducing Tanya Crockett, the newest addition to our administrative team at our York centre. Prior to joining us, Tanya dedicated six years to a career in law enforcement. Her journey began in the demanding world of call handling, where quick thinking was essential. Despite the challenging nature of the role, Tanya handled distressing situations and troubling circumstances with resilience. This included navigating the occasional frustration of emergency lines being used for non-urgent requests such as taxi services and takeout orders!

Progressing in her policing career, Tanya went on to embrace the role of Police Community Support Officer (PCSO). In this capacity, she actively pursued thieves and shoplifters, contributing to the safety of the community. Tanya also took on the responsibility of running the ‘mini police officers’ programme in her local area, engaging with schools and educating children about law enforcement, the responsibilities of a good police officer, and the importance of foot patrols.

Following the birth of her daughter in 2022, Tanya decided it was time for a career change, and something that better suited her new lifestyle, hence her reason for joining Develop.

Outside of work, Tanya’s hands are full with her two-year-old daughter, Phoenix, and three Jack Russell Terrier dogs. She also enjoys regularly attending the gym.

Welcome Kyle Whelan – Develop’s New Water Systems and Legionella Trainer

5th February 2024     News

Our water systems & legionella training division is growing

We are pleased to introduce Kyle Whelan who has recently joined Develop as a Water Systems Trainer.

With a decade of experience in the water industry, Kyle previously served as a Water Treatment and Hygiene Technician before advancing to the position of a Service Chemist. In this role, he was responsible for conducting regular testing and analysis of cooling towers, steam boilers, and cooling systems. His extensive industry background has provided him with a profound understanding of water hygiene, legionella, and the associated risks when not managed correctly.

Motivated by a desire for change and a commitment to passing on his wealth of knowledge, Kyle has embarked on a new journey with Develop under the Emerge and Evolve programme. Starting on the ‘Emerge’ pathway, designed for individuals with significant industry expertise transitioning into the training arena, Kyle will undergo the necessary qualifications to enable him to educate the next generation. In the coming months, he will complete formal teaching certifications such as TAQA and Award in Education & Training, along with various technical training courses offered by Develop.

Throughout this process, Kyle will also be guided and supported by his mentor and fellow Water Systems & Legionella Trainer, Dan Sutherland.

Outside of work Kyle takes pride in being a devoted father of two, and spending quality time playing with his children is his favourite post-work activity.

A week in the life of a Marketing Apprentice

   05 February 2024     News

National Apprenticeship Week: 5th -9th February 2024

Hi there, my name is Eleanor Hurt and I’ve worked at Develop Training since April 2022. As a member of the marketing team my role provides me with a lot of variation and exciting projects. I am also learning ‘on the job’ as I’m currently completing my Level 4 Marketing Apprenticeship with Apprentify.

Here’s a little insight into what a week in the life of a Marketing Apprentice at Develop is like:

Monday

The first thing I do on a Monday is to have a meeting with my manager, Stacey, to discuss and plan the week ahead. I personally prefer to have a to-do list I can work through and this is my opportunity to create that and get the week off to an organised start!

I later met with Ben Blessett, a Streetworks Trainer at Develop to talk through all our NRSWA Streetworks training. I’m creating two flowcharts for our customers to help them select the right training courses for their needs, so Ben talked me through all the options and who each course is suitable for.

After my meeting with Ben, I then had to turn the notebook scribbles into two on-brand and easy-to-follow flowcharts that are suitable for customers. For this I used Adobe InDesign; I really enjoy the graphic design aspects of my role but I’m still learning so this took me most of the day to complete.

Once they were both ready, I sent them to Stacey and she checks over them before I create a landing page in HubSpot ready for our customers to download them.

If you want to take a look at the flowcharts, you can find them here and here.

Tuesday

JTL’s Eastbourne training centre is having its official opening on Thursday 8th February and Develop will be attending with a stand to promote our short courses. Stacey is attending this event along with Develop’s Key Account Manager, Nichola Kitching. In preparation, Stacey and I got a range of stands and promotional materials out of our marketing storage room and assembled it all to decide what would be the best fit for the space we have.

In the afternoon, I drafted our social media plan for the next two weeks. For this I look at the business focuses and the content we’ve recently published on the website, such as blogs, news articles, course updates etc. I then draft the posts along with the visual assets before passing them over to Stacey for her to check. Once they’re approved I’ll schedule them on our social channels using HubSpot.

Wednesday

On Wednesday, I travelled up to our York site with Stacey to meet with Brandon Clark, an F-Gas Trainer at Develop. We’ve recently re-launched our F-Gas Category 1 training course and part of the marketing plan for this is to have some short videos of Brandon offering tips and advice for those who work with fluorinated gases. We spent most of the morning doing the filming and then we’ll edit them back at the office before posting them on our website and social channels in the coming weeks.

Whilst we were in York, I also met with Tanya Crockett who has recently joined as a Centre Coordinator. We had a quick chat and I made some notes ready to draft her new starter article for our internal comms channels, website and socials.

Thursday

It was great to be back in the office today so I could actually get some work done! Following on from Wednesday’s filming, I began by using Adobe Premier Pro to edit the videos we had filmed. I really enjoy doing this because, although I’m nowhere near an expert, I’m really enjoying having the opportunity to learn such a complex piece of software.

We also had some more new starters in the business today, so I interviewed them for their news articles and talked to them about what we do in the marketing department.

Later in the day I drafted some promotional emails in HubSpot for distribution throughout February.

Friday

Friday’s are my dedicated apprenticeship day and I have my calendar blocked out all day to ensure I get uninterrupted learning time to focus. Develop are also paying for me to do my CIM qualification in addition to my apprenticeship and I’m really grateful for this opportunity because, although it’s hard work, it’s a great addition to my CV.

That’s it…the end of the week – phew! Being a marketing apprentice at an SME is definitely a full-on job but the way I look at it is I’m lucky to get exposure to such a broad range of marketing tasks and to have the opportunity to get involved in things that apprentices at larger organisations don’t get to.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my week, and if you’re ever at Develop’s Derby centre please stop and say hello!

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Electrical Training Manager

👨‍💼 Electrical Training Manager

📍 Remote/Nationwide with regular travel to York 💷 Competitive with car allowance

We have an exciting opportunity for an Electrical Training Manager for our Estates and Facilities Management division. The Electrical Training Manager will be responsible for the high-quality training consultancy and solutions for Develop’s clients that sits within the Estates and Facilities Management area.

The main aim of the role is to deliver consistently high-quality outcomes for Develop ensuring that all training courses delivered within their remit are delivered effectively and efficiently through the robust planning of courses, the efficient utilisation and development of direct and associate Trainers to deliver fee earning activity, and to work collaboratively with key internal and external stakeholders to ensure develop are responsive to our customers’ demands within the sector.

What will you be doing?

The role requires delivery of market leading, innovative, and quality focussed courses, ensuring that optimum levels of productivity are achieved. The role requires effective and frequent collaboration with the planning and customer service, and business development teams to identify market trends and opportunities through carefully selected networks. This can only be achieved through recruiting and retaining great people who can deliver dynamic training as experts within their field.

Effective time management and work planning is a key requirement of this role. It is critical that the post holder demonstrates the ability to develop strong collaborative stakeholder relationships as the role requires close collaboration with the Customer Services and Business Development functions to ensure that client demand for courses and consultancy is met.

The role includes defined responsibility for deputising in the absence of the Head of Operations and Training ensuring that all operational business functions can continue effectively.

What we’re looking for:

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Qualifications:

  • Full valid UK driving licence
  • Level 3 Teaching qualification (PTLLS, AET or equivalent)
  • Minimum NVQ L3 electrical qualification

Skills and experience:

  • Line management experience – 3 years
  • Working in an educational or training provider setting – 3 years
  • In depth knowledge of either, HV/LV electrical, electrotechnical, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or a combination of these
  • Computer literacy e.g., Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Enthusiastic with ability to deal with pressure
  • Ability to inspire and motivate others
  • Financially aware and profit focussed
  • Proven ability for highly effective planning and resource management to deliver optimal utilisation of employed delivery staff
  • Production of clear and concise reports and accurate management information to established timescales
  • Unconstrained in travelling throughout the UK
  • Flexible in approach

You are:

  • An eager self-starter.
  • Have a methodical approach and have the ability to prioritise.
  • Committed to accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Confident.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Able to develop positive relationships with stakeholders at all levels.
  • Highly organised and able to multitask.
  • People orientated and approachable.
  • Excellent at presenting information.
  • Professionally presented.

Benefits

  • Competitive salary and car allowance
  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays on commencement; this increases to a maximum of 30 days with length of service plus additional discretionary days throughout the year.
  • Medical cash plan including dental, optical, chiropody and physiotherapy!
  • Invested in employee health and wellbeing with mental health first aiders, online health assessments, access to 24/7 GP’ via phone or video chat and a counselling and support helpline.
  • Enhanced Company Sick Pay.
  • Enhanced Maternity and Paternity pay.
  • Life assurance (3 x salary).
  • High street discount vouchers.
  • Great staff extras including various away days and annual staff awards.
  • Investment in your continuous professional development.
  • Full-time hours equate to 35 hours per week.
  • A great work environment and a friendly family feel culture.

About Develop Training

Develop Training is the UK’s leading accredited provider of Compliance, Technical, and Safety training. We support over 7,000 firms with their training needs and our clients include some of the UK’s largest and best-known organisations from the Utilities and Construction, Defence, Healthcare, Facilities Management, and Telecommunication sectors.

Develop training is highly committed to supporting and developing our people as an accredited Investors in People Gold standard organisation.

What’s best is 98% of our workforce are satisfied to very satisfied in their role at Develop Training!

Our core values

Our values are fundamental to our people, our work, and our business. Therefore, our success depends on how we work and our people that work alongside us. Everything we do is guided by our core values, Integrity, Professionalism, Respect, and Responsiveness. If you share our values, then we would love to hear from you!

How to apply

To apply send your CV and a cover letter to recruitment@developtraining.co.uk

Interview Information

First stage interviews will take place over telephone for approximately twenty-minutes. Successful candidates will be offered a face-to-face interview at one of our training centres whereby you will be asked a set of competency-based questions. Interviews will take place whilst the advert is still live, so do not delay getting your application in!

Further information

Develop is an equal opportunities provider and we are committed to the safeguarding of all our employees, associates and learners.

The successful candidate will be required to undertake a criminal record check as part of our safeguarding duty and every 3 years thereafter.

If you have any questions regarding this role, please email our HR Team at recruitment@developtraining.co.uk.

Welcome to Martyn Dring, Confined Space Trainer

   18 January 2024     News

Due to increased demand for confined spaces training courses, Develop is pleased to welcome Martyn Dring to the team as a Confined Space Trainer.

Martyn’s career began in the Royal Marines where he spent six years in a variety of combat roles including arctic, desert, mountain, and urban warfare.

In 2019, he embraced a career shift and transitioned into the realm of training. Joining Mines Rescue as a Confined Space, Working at Height, and Fire Safety Trainer, Martyn trained and assessed learners in related NVQ awards. He also personally obtained City and Guilds qualifications in High-Risk Confined Space Working, Emergency Rescue and Recovery, Emergency First Aid, and Advanced Working at Height over his five-year tenure.

Martyn said,

I’ve enjoyed the last 5 years at Mines Rescue but I was ready for a change of scenery and I’m thrilled to have joined Develop Training as a Confined Space Trainer. I look forward to sharing my expertise with delegates in the near future, once I have undertaken my initial induction and training. I’m also particularly excited to be able to deliver confined space training on our customers’ sites via our mobile confined space unit.”

Throughout his career, Martyn has celebrated various milestones, with one of the most memorable being his graduation from the Marines. He also holds a Degree in Business Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services from the University of Derby.

Away from work Martyn is a keen sports fan. He enjoys playing as well as spectating, particularly rugby, tennis and football.

Welcome to the team, Martyn!

Welcome to Sibonisiwe ‘Sibo’ Sibindi who has recently joined Develop Training’s Finance Team

   8 January 2024     News

A warm welcome to Sibonisiwe ‘Sibo’ Sibindi who has recently joined Develop Training’s Finance Team.

Sibo brings a wealth of experience in various financial capacities to her new role, having been employed in both sales ledger and general accounting roles. Her expertise encompasses managing cash books, overseeing accounts, and handling payables.

The highlight of Sibo’s professional journey so far is attaining a postgraduate diploma in accounting.

Sibo said, “I am immensely proud of achieving my postgraduate diploma in accounting as it symbolises the culmination of many months of dedication and hard work. It’s a milestone that fuels my passion for accounting and I am lucky because I do truly enjoy what I do for a living.”

Beyond her professional life, Sibo finds joy in the company of her friends and family. In her leisure time, she engages in activities that promote a healthy lifestyle, with a particular interest in regular exercise.

We look forward to the valuable contributions and positive energy Sibo is already bringing to the Finance Team at Develop. Welcome to the team!

Introducing Michaela Glenister, the latest addition to the Brentwood team

   8 January 2024     News

Introducing Michaela Glenister, who joins Develop as a Centre Coordinator and Administrator at our Brentwood centre.

With a background deeply rooted in the care industry, Michaela has dedicated the majority of her career so far to providing around-the-clock care to seriously ill individuals.

Having navigated the challenges of ensuring patients receive the crucial care they need, Michaela found great fulfilment in her work. Her dedication and compassion were particularly evident in her previous roles, where the well-being of those under her care was paramount. One of her proudest achievements was creating an environment that made the final days of residents as comfortable as possible – a testament to her commitment to making a positive impact on even the most difficult of situations.

Michaela explains what she’s looking forward to most about her new role, “I’m really looking forward to joining the Develop family and can’t wait to meet the rest of the Brentwood team. I’m a happy and friendly person and I’m in my element when I’m meeting new people, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the role and greeting all our delegates with a smile and a friendly face!”

Beyond her professional endeavours, Michaela’s life is filled with social activities. She relishes spending quality time with friends, engaging in social activities, and indulging in a spot of shopping.

Effective Incident Management (Bespoke Training Programme for Firmus Energy)

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The natural gas network in Northern Ireland is divided into three areas – the Greater Belfast area, operated by Phoenix Energy; the Ten Towns area operated by Firmus Energy; and the west of Northern Ireland which is currently being developed by Evolve Network.

In the Greater Belfast area, firmus energy have over 48,000 customers – around 23% of the domestic market. In the ‘Ten Towns’ area, firmus are currently the only supplier to domestic customers and supply over 46,000 connected homes in that area.

The Challenge

Firmus wanted to test its staff’s incident management capabilities and improve preparedness. In response to this, firmus engaged in a collaborative partnership with Develop Training, a renowned utilities training provider. The primary objective was to rigorously test procedures and ensure that firmus’ engineering and technical teams were well-equipped to handle real-world incidents.

Firmus’ decision to choose Develop was driven by the organisation’s successful track record in creating bespoke incident management training programs for utility companies. Specifically, their successful collaboration on a similar training initiative for Phoenix Energy earlier in the year underscored their expertise and capability. However, the pivotal factor behind the choice was the wealth of experience brought by Develop’s experts, Jim Donnelly and Chris Parker, both of whom who have extensive hands-on experience in the gas industry.

Chantal Hemphill, HSE Manager at firmus energy, said:

The feedback we received from Phoenix Energy about Jim and Chris was absolutely glowing, and it became clear to us from the very first phone call we had with them that they’re clearly very experienced and know exactly what they’re talking about. It was this phone call that told us all we needed to know and we just felt so comfortable with them throughout the entire process.

The Solution

Develop worked closely with the HSE team at firmus to design a bespoke scenario that brought together various teams within firmus. The scenario ensured that individuals who may not typically work together on a day-to-day basis, but would have to collaborate effectively during an incident, got the chance to put their emergency procedures into practice.

Jim and Chris played a crucial role in assessing the group’s response both as a cohesive team and as individual contributors.

The Result

This feedback, alongside feedback from the participants themselves, was fed back to the HSE team at Firmus and then used to create an action plan.

Chantal Hemphill, HSE Manager at firmus energy, said:

The collaboration with Develop has had a significant positive impact on our organisation. The training has not only enhanced our incident management preparedness but also facilitated teamwork and collaboration among diverse teams. The overall feeling of everyone involved has been that it was an extremely useful exercise and we’re thankful to Develop for their expertise and the work they’ve put into helping us.”

Conclusion

As effective incident management and response continue to play a key role in the utilities industry, investment in employee training proves to be essential for companies like firmus.

As the utilities industry evolves, the emphasis on hands-on training and preparedness remains critical, and this case study serves as a model for organisations seeking to enhance their capabilities in this ever-changing landscape.

For organisations interested in similar transformative experiences, Develop Training can be contacted through the Customer Service Team on 0800 876 6708 or via email at enquiries@developtraining.co.uk.

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