Streetworks Success in Norwich

   19 June 2024         News

We are thrilled to announce the successful completion of our first Street Works (NRSWA) course at our recently opened training centre in Norwich last month.

The NRSWA Reinstatement of the Highway course was delivered by Ian Hanmore, a knowledgeable trainer with over 20 years of street works experience, and received rave reviews from delegates. During the course delegates learnt how to be compliant with the NRSWA Legislation and the approved codes of practice.

Excellent feedback from delegates

Feedback echoed the sentiment of excellence, with attendees praising Ian’s clear and concise instruction, the modern amenities of the new venue, and the engaging course materials.

One delegate commented, “Ian gave clear and concise instructions and made the course easy to understand. [The] new venue was clean and modern, course material was engaging, and the method of training was well executed. I hope to use what I’ve learnt on this course to help future work progression. My company will be helped no end from what I’ve learnt this past week.”

Norwich training centre

The centre shares the same site as Develop’s parent company, JTL, one of the leading electrical and plumbing apprenticeship providers in England and Wales. Recognising the need for more training providers in the region The JTL Group have invested £1.5 million into training provision for the Building Services Engineering sector in Norwich highlighting the commitment to providing high quality training to both JTL’s apprentices and Develop’s delegates. The site provides delegates with modern classrooms, electrical and gas workshops, kitchen facilities, as well as outdoor areas for gas and street works training.

Find out which courses Develop can facilitate in Norwich in the brochure here.

To learn more about Develop’s Norwich site or book on a training course contact us.

WASK Showcases Innovative Pipe Fittings at Develop Training’s Derby Centre

   11 June 2024         News

Last week, WASK, the market leader in supplying pipe fittings and pipeline maintenance equipment to the global gas and water distribution sector, visited Develop Training for a special two-day video shoot. The video will highlight the cutting-edge technology and practical applications of WASK’s renowned products and Develop were thrilled to be asked to facilitate the filming by hosting it in our newly upgraded water networks training area.

WASK has consistently led the industry with its innovative, safe, and cost-effective solutions in pipe jointing technology. The company is particularly noted for its expertise in PE to metal transition fittings and over the years has built a reputation for excellence and reliability, becoming a trusted name in the gas and water distribution sector.

Develop Training: The Ideal Venue

As one of the UK’s leading accredited providers of compliance, technical, and safety training, Develop was the ideal choice to provide the backdrop to WASK’s video at its state-of-the-art facilities in Derby. The complimentary use of Develop’s venue allowed WASK to safely capture footage of their equipment in action, demonstrating their products’ superior performance and ease of use.

Hands-On Experience with WASK Products

Develop regularly use WASK’s drilling set and bagging off kit, both of which are integral to our gas network training courses. These tools are widely regarded as the best in the industry, making them the ideal choice for training operational staff and delegates who will use this equipment in their daily jobs.

Develop’s commitment to using industry leading equipment in our courses ensures that our delegates gain hands-on experience with the tools and materials they will encounter in the field. By practicing with WASK’s industry-leading products, delegates are better prepared for the demands of their roles in gas utility operations.

A Collaboration of Excellence and Innovation

The collaboration between WASK and Develop Training exemplifies a shared dedication to excellence and innovation in the gas and water distribution sector. As WASK continues to pioneer advancements in pipe fittings and pipeline maintenance, Develop remains at the forefront of providing high-quality, customer-led training with the best tools available.

Stay tuned for the release of the video footage, which will offer an in-depth look at WASK’s cutting-edge technology and its practical applications in training and real-world scenarios.

Paul Willis joins Develop’s Estates & FM Team

   10 June 2024         News

Paul Willis joins Develop’s Estates & FM team

Join us in giving a warm welcome to Paul Willis, who has recently joined Develop as the Operational Training Manager for our Estates and Facilities Management team. 

Paul brings with him a wealth of expertise in electrical systems and training. His journey began as an electrical maintenance engineer apprentice, laying the groundwork for a stellar career in the electrical field. After his apprenticeship, he transitioned to Hoover as a Technical Consultant. 

Next, Paul took a bold step and ventured into self-employment, launching his own electrical contracting business. This was a significant change, but Paul thrived, finding immense satisfaction in his entrepreneurial endeavours. 

After several successful years running his business, Paul sought a new challenge and entered the world of education. He joined a local college’s Engineering and Electrical division, where he discovered a passion for teaching. His impact grew as he became the curriculum manager, using his industry insights to shape the department’s direction. 

Now at Develop, Paul is ready to embark on his next adventure. He will be collaborating with the wider Operations team to ensure all delegates have an exceptional experience, whilst also overseeing the Estates and Facilities division and ensuring that all our training remains current, relevant, and compliant. 

One of Paul’s career highlights came in 2014 when he was part of the management team that earned an OFSTED Outstanding rating; a remarkable achievement especially as it was one of the first private colleges to receive this honour. 

Outside of work, Paul loves spending time with his family and his beloved border collie. He’s also a passionate biker and can often be spotted on his prized sports motorbike. 

We’re thrilled to have Paul on board. Welcome to the team, Paul!  

Join us at our Derby centre to learn about your legal responsibilities under the Confined Space & Working at Height Regulations

07 June 2024     News

As an employer, are you fully aware of your legal responsibilities under the Confined Space Regulations 1997 and Working at Height Regulations 2005? If you’re uncertain, our upcoming open morning in Derby is the perfect opportunity for you to gain clarity and insight.

What You Can Expect

Expert Talks: Hear directly from our Trainers as they discuss the intricacies and importance of these regulations.

Latest Compliance Training: Gain valuable insights into the latest training available to ensure compliance.

State-of-the-Art Facilities: Tour our training facilities and see first-hand the resources available to you.

Live Q&A Panel: Participate in a panel discussion featuring representatives from Develop and the Environment Agency.

Safety Demonstrations: Watch live safety demonstrations by the Ambulance Hazardous Response Team (HART).

Networking Opportunities: Connect with industry professionals and peers. Engage with experienced Trainers and get your questions answered.

As an added incentive, you can also enjoy breakfast on us!

The details

Date: Friday, 16th August

Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Location: Develop Training, Ascot Drive, Derby, DE24 8GW

Note: Spaces for this event are limited. Ensure you secure your spot by signing up promptly.


Register Now:

Don’t miss this opportunity to stay informed and compliant with critical safety regulations. Join us in Derby and take a proactive step towards enhancing your workplace safety.

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Updated Guidance on Legionella Control in Evaporative Cooling Systems: What You Need to Know

   06 June 2024         News

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently released an updated (second edition – March 2024) version of HSG274 Part 1, focusing on the control of Legionella bacteria in evaporative cooling systems. This update brings crucial enhancements to the existing guidelines, ensuring better management of Legionella risks in these systems.

What’s New in HSG274 Part 1?

The update to HSG274 Part 1 includes significant improvements in several key areas related to managing the risk of Legionella in evaporative cooling systems:

  1. DPD No 1 Testing Methodology: The revised guidance provides more detailed information on the DPD No 1 testing method, a widely used technique for measuring the concentration of free chlorine in water. This method is essential for ensuring that cooling systems are dosed correctly with biocides.
  2. Impact of pH on Biocide Efficacy: The updated guidance highlights the importance of cooling water pH in determining the effectiveness of halogen-based biocides such as chlorine and bromine. Maintaining the correct pH levels is vital to ensure these biocides can effectively prevent the growth of Legionella bacteria.

Many organisations rely on these tests to confirm proper biocide dosing. Correcting the pH of free-halogen test results is a crucial step in verifying that sufficient biocide is present in the system to inhibit Legionella growth. It’s essential to review your latest test results to ensure they are pH-corrected.

Expert Insights

Dan Sutherland, Senior Trainer for Develop’s Legionella/Water Systems division, emphasised the importance of these updates:

Where the HSE identifies areas of concern and ways in which measures can be improved; notification, understanding, implementation, and management are crucial. Our industry is an evolving one. It goes without saying that control of water chemistry is key for evaporative cooling systems for the control of microbial growth, fouling, scale, and corrosion.

On a personal note, I think all of the industry is pleased that the ball has started to roll on rapid sampling for Legionella – through quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Keep an eye out for changes afoot for Legionella guidance on hot and cold water systems and other risk systems; these changes will all be incorporated into Develop’s training material so you can rest assured the training you receive from us will always be current and up to date with the latest legislation.”

Staying informed and implementing these updated guidelines is critical for ensuring the safety and efficiency of evaporative cooling systems. By doing so, organisations can better protect against the risks associated with Legionella bacteria.

Accessing the Latest Legionella Guidance

The latest editions of the HSG274 guidance documents can be downloaded for free from the HSE website at:

If you have any questions about legionella and water systems please contact our Customer Service team on 0800 876 6708 or email

Alternatively, you can view our full range of Legionella and Water Systems training on our website here:

JTL Group named as finalist at British Training Awards

22 May 2024     News

The JTL Group, consisting of national apprenticeship provider, JTL, compliance, technical and safety training provider, Develop Training & certification scheme, CompEx, has been announced as a finalist at the prestigious British Training Awards.

The group has been shortlisted jointly with Titus Learning in the Learning Platform of the Year category for its bespoke e-learning platform LEDA (Learn, Educate, Develop, Advance).

Launched in 2022 as a collaborative effort between the JTL Group and Titus Learning, LEDA is revolutionising online learning for the Group’s 13,000 users worldwide. Available in 44 different languages and utilised across six continents, the platform offers a wide range of courses and modules for users to access conveniently.

JTL apprentices can use LEDA to complete modules during their apprenticeship, before continuing their career journey with tailored pathways through CompEx and Develop Training qualifications.

Martin Lidyard, Head of Digital Learning at JTL, commented:

We’re incredibly proud to have been shortlisted for this year’s British Training Awards, and especially pleased to see LEDA recognised among such high-calibre fellow nominees. We’re continually looking at ways we can evolve the learning experience that we provide for our apprentices, and LEDA is a crucial element of this as it supports the journey not just during the apprenticeship process, but with lifelong learning options.”

The anticipation is building as the British Training Awards, celebrating excellence in training and development, are set to take place on June 19 in London. Stay tuned for updates as we look forward to this exciting event.

For more information about LEDA please visit:

Alternatively, you can download our LEDA brochure showcasing the full range of e-learning programmes available.

Unveiling the Future of Gas and Utility Training in Partnership with IGEM

12 May 2024     News

Develop is thrilled to announce a landmark event on Thursday 12th September 2024, at our York training centre, in partnership with IGEM. Join us as we showcase our best-in-class training facilities for the gas and utilities industry.

All visitors will have the opportunity to tour our training centre including our fully to-scale Joint Emergency Training Set (JETSET), a groundbreaking initiative developed in collaboration with Northern Gas Networks (NGN). This innovative facility, known as ‘Training Terrace,’ is designed to recreate real-life emergency response scenarios, allowing delegates to hone their practical skills in a controlled yet realistic environment.

The York centre also underwent a £500k refurbishment last year, including updates to two fixed-learning classrooms, a hybrid centre catering for alternative energies, two HV workshops and an LV workshop.

We have also recently refurbished the gas network training facilities and pressure control training area.


09:00 | Breakfast and networking
09:45 | Welcome and introduction from Develop Training
10:00 | Develop and NGN Gas Training Partnership – Discussion and Q&A
10:20 | Tour of the centre
11:00 | Networking
11:30 | Event Close

Join Us and Discover the Future of Training

We invite you to register for this event and explore how our state-of-the-art facilities can benefit your professional development. This is an unparalleled opportunity to engage with industry leaders, including representatives from NGN, JTL, and CompEx. Attendees will have the chance to discuss gas network and utility training, gas engineering apprenticeships, and competency in explosive atmospheres directly with these experts.

The event is open to all IGEM members. Non-IGEM members are also welcome to attend.

Don’t miss out on this chance to see first-hand how Develop’s York training centre is shaping the future of gas and utility training.

Register today and take the first step towards advancing your skills in a dynamic and realistic training environment.

For more information and to register, visit:

Develop Training Secures 3-Year Tender with NWL for Health and Safety Training

02 May 2024     News

Develop Training, one of the UK’s leading accredited providers of Compliance, Technical, and Safety training, is thrilled to announce the successful acquisition of a significant contract with Northumbrian Water (NWL) for the provision of health and safety training services. The contract, spanning three years with the potential for a further two-year extension, marks a significant milestone for Develop having worked closely with NWL for over 20 years.

Following a competitive bidding process in 2023, Develop ultimately lost the tender to a competitor. However, following a series of issues, the decision to return to Develop was motivated by NWL’s recognition of the exceptional quality and reliability of the training services offered by the training provider.

We are thrilled to once again partner with NWL to deliver a wide-range of health and safety training.” said David Parkes, Regional Account Manager at Develop Training. “This contract renewal is a testament to our team’s dedication to delivering industry leading training programmes that meet and exceed NWL’s expectations.”

Under the terms of the contract, Develop will provide a wide range of health and safety training courses, many of which are tailored to NWL’s specific needs. From basic health and safety to specialist certifications, Develop is committed to equipping NWL employees with the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain a safe and competent work environment.

We chose Develop Training based on their proven track record of delivering industry-leading training programmes,” said John Burluraux, Technical Training Manager at NWL. “We are confident that Develop will continue to deliver the level of excellence and reliability we require to ensure the safety of our workforce.”

For more information about Develop Training and its range of professional development solutions, please visit

Say hello to Stuart Reilly, HV/LV Electrical Trainer

14 March 2024     News

Say hello to Stuart Reilly, HV/LV Electrical Trainer

Introducing Stuart Reilly who has joined Develop as an HV/LV Electrical Trainer. 

Stuart began his career journey as an electrical apprentice at the age of 16, going on to amass over 30 years of experience in the electrical industry. His professional background includes working in various capacities, from NHS Trusts to building sites and contracting roles. 

Having been a former delegate of Develop Training, Stuart actively participated in several HV/LV courses, notably our Electrical Authorised Person courses. This training propelled him within the NHS Trust, where he assumed the crucial role of Authorised Person: Electrician. A pivotal moment in his career came when five hospital buildings lost power and, as the Authorised Person, it was down to him to resolve the issue and get the power turned back on. Thankfully Stuart was quickly able to resolve the issue and then over the following five weeks he painstakingly installed a range of tools and systems to ensure power incidents would not be an issue for the hospital again. 

After years of guiding apprentices in the electrical field, Stuart parted ways with the NHS and moved to a role focused on training apprentices at Oxford Advance Skills. Later on, he moved over to another training provider. However, seeking a role closer to home, Stuart has embraced the opportunity at Develop. 

Expressing his enthusiasm, Stuart said, “I’m happy, excited, and eager to get stuck in at Develop. As a former delegate, I know the quality Develop provides, and I am looking forward to being a part of the team!” 

A fun fact about Stuart – in his teenage years, he was an advanced snorkeler, although he couldn’t take the exams to become a trainer at the time because he was too young.  

Stuart moved out of London 8 years ago and married his now wife in August 2022. Since moving out of the big city Stuart has found enjoyment in fishing and spending time in the countryside. 

Nicola Smith: Powering the Way for Women in Utilities

13 March 2024     News

In a remarkable journey from stockbroker to utilities trailblazer, Nicola Smith has shattered barriers and is now a vital member of Develop Training’s Internal Quality Assurance and Audit team. Her story is not just one of personal success but also an inspiration for aspiring female engineers to follow in her footsteps.

The Women’s Engineering Society’s latest data reveals that despite some progress, only 16.5% of the UK’s engineering workforce consists of women. The utilities industry tells the same sorry story, with the Energy & Utility Skills Partnership reporting that just 17% of employees in the energy and utilities industry are female, with fewer than 1% in the craft-level workforce. While these figures are an increase on previous years, it’s clear that there’s still much work to be done to achieve gender parity within these typically male-dominated industries.

Nicola’s journey stands as a beacon of hope for change

Nicola embarked on her journey with Develop in February 2017, where she started as a Lecturer in Smart Meter installation. Drawing on the skills she cultivated during her time as a hands-on installer, she quickly embraced her new role and has since transitioned to a vital position within the Internal Quality Assurance and Audit (QAA) team, showcasing her adaptability and commitment to the industry.

So, how did Nicola, a former stockbroker, end up in the realm of engineering and utilities?

Her trajectory reflects the timeless theme of personal growth and reinvention. Nicola recalls her initial entry into the workforce, where she started as a cashier with West Bromwich Building Society. However, she knew deep down that her path lay elsewhere, “It wasn’t really for me,” she admits. “But once you start moving along a particular career path, it’s difficult to get off it.”

Driven by a thirst for knowledge and personal growth, Nicola rapidly climbed the financial ladder, eventually becoming a stockbroker based in Canary Wharf. Despite her success, a lingering feeling that she was meant for something more led her to venture into retail banking and eventually she sought a complete career transformation.

Nicola’s innate curiosity and hands-on nature steered her toward engineering, and an apprenticeship opportunity at British Gas provided the perfect avenue for her to make the leap.

Gender roles in engineering & utilities

Breaking gender norms, Nicola became the sole female Engineer in her area. While her experience was largely positive, she notes that misconceptions about gender roles in engineering still persist.

Right up until the day I left, customers would say ‘but when will the engineer be here?’ and I’d have to explain that I was the engineer.”

Nicola’s determination to challenge these preconceptions, combined with her passion for learning and development, led her to her current role as an Internal Quality Assurance Auditor.

She explains, “I’ve discovered my real passion working at Develop. I’ve been able to learn and do things I never imagined I could. Going from being a stockbroker to a Quality Assurance Auditor has been really rewarding, and I can honestly say I’m happier in this job than ever before.”

“I would encourage all women to consider a career in the training industry. It’s an industry that welcomes diversity and fresh perspectives, and there’s a wealth of untapped potential waiting to be unleashed. Don’t be afraid to break those barriers, challenge the norms, and join us in shaping the future of training in the utilities industry.”

A supportive employer

Now, as part of Develop’s QAA Team, Nicola is responsible for auditing a wide range of gas and utilities-based training courses. This means that she’s involved in checking everything from pre-course communications and materials a delegate receives, to the content of the training course itself all the way through to the assessments and certification. The role carries a high weight of responsibility as if an External Quality Assurance Audit takes place and finds that the organisation is not meeting the standards set by the external Awarding Body then this could mean that Develop is no longer able to offer the qualifications.

Nicola elaborates on why she enjoys working for Develop,

Develop has been more than just a workplace for me; it’s a fantastic support system. They’ve not only supported my career growth but have also been incredibly understanding of my personal circumstances, including maternity and the need for flexible working around family life. Their support has given me the confidence excel in my different roles while still having a good balance between work and family.”

Nicola’s journey exemplifies the transformative power of determination, resilience, and a passion for breaking down barriers. As she continues to make her mark, she paves the way for more women to follow suit, inspiring change and progress in an industry that sorely needs it. Her story is a testament to the fact that, with the right mindset and opportunities, individuals can defy convention and excel in any field, regardless of gender or background.

To find out more about the QAA Team, please visit:

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