Develop partners with WJA & WinCan to deliver free webinar to the drainage & wastewater industry

14 February 2024     News

Calling all those who work in drainage & wastewater: join a live panel discussion between WJA, WinCan & Develop Training on the latest industry updates.

Develop Training, in partnership with the Water Jetting Association (WJA) and WinCan, will be hosting a live panel discussion on Friday 15th March at 11am.

An unmissable opportunity for those working in drainage & wastewater

During the webinar you can expect to hear all about:

  • The WJA’s latest Code of Practice, ‘Purple Code’. This CoP will support safe and productive water jetting in the lowest of the NACE pressure bands. It introduces a new operational standard and health & safety framework.
  • The latest sewer inspection technology.
  • Updates to sewer classifications.
  • Changes to the expiration of MSCC4.
  • Training requirements and available courses.

This interactive session will provide attendees with a unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge about the evolving landscape of the industry and the implications of the latest changes on businesses. Participants will be able to pose questions directly to the panel at the end of the session.

The experts

Our panel of experts are:








To ensure your spot in this informative discussion, please click this link to register your attendance:

Even if you are unable to attend the live event, registering will still prove valuable as Develop will send out a recording of the webinar afterward to all registrants.

Don’t miss out on the chance to stay ahead of industry developments and make informed decisions for your business. Secure your place now by registering for this exclusive panel discussion.

Develop joins JTL at its latest centre opening in Eastbourne

12 February 2024     News

On Thursday, 8th February, JTL, a leading apprenticeship provider in England and Wales and the parent company of Develop Training, officially opened its newest training facility in Eastbourne. The event, held during National Apprenticeship Week (5th – 11th February), and graced by the presence of Eastbourne’s Mayor, Councillor Candy Vaughan, marked the opening of JTL’s 13th training centre.

Situated at the Highfield Industrial Estate, the state-of-the-art training centre is strategically positioned to address the escalating demand for electrical apprenticeship training in the local community. This expansion aligns with JTL’s commitment to meeting the evolving needs of the electrical industry and facilitating the development of skilled professionals across England and Wales.

Electrical training in Eastbourne

Develop Training will also be making use of the centre by delivering a diverse range of training courses for those in the building services engineering sector, including electrical training courses such as 18th Edition Wiring Regulations and Inspection, Testing & Certification of Electrical Installations. This comes hot on the heels of Develop’s recent announcement that it intends to broaden out its commercial training delivery to better support the building services engineering sector by helping to upskill industry professionals.

Matthew Gray, Head of Operations & Training, explains,

We’re continuing to strengthen our position in the building services engineering sector, supporting our sectors and customers’ transition to net zero, particularly electricians, plumbers, heating and ventilation engineers, building management systems and fire control. A lot of courses for those audiences, we already deliver, and have been doing so successfully for many years now, so it’s just a case of engaging with them and letting them know we’re now delivering on their doorstep from JTL’s 13 UK-wide centres, Develop’s 6 centres, or their own sites.”

For further information on the training courses available for the Building Services Engineering sector, please download our brochure:

Alternatively, you can contact our Customer Service team on 0800 876 6708 or email

Applauding on successful business seminar!

Develop Extends Heartfelt Congratulations to Newly Elected IHEEM President Nigel Keery

12 February 2024     News

Develop Training extends its warmest congratulations to Mr. Nigel Keery OBE of Belfast Health & Social Care Trust (BHSCT), on becoming the newly elected President of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM).

His recent election as the President of IHEEM marks not only a personal milestone but also highlights the industry’s collective commitment to excellence. It follows hot on the heels of his prestigious OBE (Order of the British Empire) for outstanding contributions to public health in 2022.

Develop, as a proud training partner for Belfast Health & Social Care Trust, is honoured to witness and celebrate this significant moment in Mr. Keery’s career. Both Mr Keery’s OBE and this new role are a testament to his tireless efforts in advancing healthcare infrastructure, promoting training and development, and fostering the next generation of professionals in the field.

Matthew Gray, Interim MD of Develop Training, expressed his heartfelt congratulations, stating,

We extend our warmest congratulations to Mr Keery, whose leadership and commitment to excellence have been duly recognised yet again. His OBE alongside his election to the President of IHEEM not only reflects his individual accomplishments but also shines a spotlight on the crucial role played by healthcare engineering professionals in shaping the future of public health. We at Develop are honoured to have worked closely with him and his team for a number of years now.”

Develop provides training programmes for estates & facilities management teams that align with the evolving demands of the healthcare sector. Most recently Develop secured a contract with BHSCT to deliver essential low voltage electrical training to a large number of estates staff, including both Authorised and Competent Person training.

As Develop looks forward to future collaboration with BHSCT, the organisation remains committed to supporting the healthcare industry in their pursuit of excellence, continuous learning, and high quality training provision.

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.

Elemental speaks to Develop about its lifelong learning offering to the Building Services Engineering sector

   02 February 2024     News

January has come to a close, and we’re thrilled to cap off the month with Develop being showcased on yet another prominent industry platform. This time, we’re featured on Elemental, a top publisher dedicated to sharing insights, perspectives, and solutions on achieving net zero with professionals in the built environment.

In the article, our Head of Operations & Training, Matthew Gray, outlines how Develop, part of the JTL Group, is set to assist employers in future-proofing their teams’ skillsets. From expanding from 6 to 18 training centres to introducing green skills training, Develop is dedicated to providing a comprehensive and flexible approach to lifelong learning in the building services engineering sector.

Read the full article here:

To view our range of training courses for the Building Services Engineering sector, please click here:

We are experiencing issues with our online booking system

   02 February 2024     News

We regret to inform you that our online booking system is currently experiencing technical difficulties.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. During this time, we kindly request you to reach out to us via phone at 0800 876 6708 or email us at for assistance.

We appreciate your understanding and patience as we work to resolve these issues promptly.

The Crucial Role of NRSWA Street Works Training Highlighted by Recent £2 Million Fine

   24 January 2024     News

Newport City Council Faces Hefty Penalty Following Tragic Street Works Incident

In recent weeks, Newport City Council has been slapped with a staggering £2 million fine by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a highway operative lost their life while performing road repair works. The tragic incident has sparked renewed emphasis on the imperative need for high quality street works training to ensure the safety of workers on our roads.

The HSE investigation revealed that the council failed to implement all reasonably practicable measures to create a safe working environment. The deficiencies included the absence of a suitable and sufficient safety zone between the road works area and the live part of the carriageway, as well as a lack of proper measures to secure the perimeter of the road works site against workers entering the running lane.

The incident, which resulted in the loss of 57-year-old Stephen Bell, underscores the critical role that NRSWA street works training plays in preventing accidents and ensuring the well-being of those working on our roads. The NRSWA training programme is designed to equip highway operatives and workers with the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out their duties safely and efficiently.

A stark message to those involved in street works

The HSE’s findings have sparked concerns about the level of compliance with safety regulations across various local authorities. The £2 million fine sends a stark message to councils and organisations involved in street works, emphasising the importance of adhering to safety protocols and providing adequate training to personnel.

NRSWA training covers a range of essential topics, including the establishment of safety zones, securing work areas, and implementing measures to prevent unauthorised access to potentially dangerous zones. Regular updates and continuous training are paramount to keeping workers abreast of the latest safety standards and protocols. Proactive measures, such as regular safety audits and comprehensive training initiatives, can also contribute significantly to preventing accidents and saving lives.

Safety of street works operatives a top priority

As the tragic incident in Newport prompts a reflection on safety practices within the industry, the spotlight is now firmly on the importance of NRSWA street works training as an indispensable tool for safeguarding the well-being of those who work tirelessly to maintain and improve our road infrastructure. It is a reminder that safety should always be a top priority, and investing in the training and development of our workforce is a crucial step towards achieving that goal.

Need streetworks (NRSWA) training?

At Develop Training we’ve NRSWA courses to meet the training needs of every street works discipline; from signing, lighting and guarding, to reinstating the highways, dropping a kerb, and locating and avoiding underground apparatus. We deliver NRSWA training at centres across the UK including: Derby, Swindon, York, Essex, Manchester, Norwich, Birmingham & Linlithgow in Scotland. We can also deliver onsite training if required.

Click here to view our full range of NRSWA training for Operatives and Supervisors.

Alternatively, you can speak to our Customer Service team on 0800 876 6708 or email

Further information about streetworks training can be found in our streetworks FAQ’s.


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!

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