New sales and account manager hires

   24 February 2022         News

Develop Training, leading provider of Compliance, Technical and Safety training, has welcomed four new team members as business continues to grow.

With four new centre openings in the pipeline this year joining the six current training centres in Derby, Manchester, York, Brentwood, Linlithgow and Swindon, the Develop team has grown to ensure it maintains a high quality customer journey and will provide more team resource.

The new recruits include two regional account managers and two sales team members; David Parkes and Andrew King join as Regional Account Managers covering the North and Midlands regions, with recruitment continuing for their Southern counterpart.

Aslain Khan and Hayley Palmer join the team in Sales Advisors roles and will be responsible for developing new business with the aim to enrol new learners onto the company’s courses, which cover a number of topics from across the Utilities, Construction, Defence, Healthcare, Facilities and Telecommunications fields.

New members for sales team
L-R: Aslain Khan, Hayley Palmer, Andrew King & David Parkes

An exciting time for Develop

Nichola Kitching, Senior Account Manager at Develop Training, said: “It has been an exciting time for us here at Develop and there is a real buzz in the air with the four new recruits all joining together. The additions to our team demonstrate our continuous positive investment into the business and mean our customers will start to hear a lot more from us – and we are really looking forward to hearing more from them!”

New training centre at Brentwood

   08 February 2022         News

Brentwood training centre opening

Develop’s latest training centre in Brentwood, Essex, officially opened its doors last week to its first cohort of gas engineers.

Brentwood is the first in a series of new training locations for Develop throughout 2022. With centres due to open in Birmingham, Ashford and Norfolk this year is certainly a big one for Develop Training.

The Brentwood centre based at Codham Hall ran its first course at the beginning of February and was hailed as a resounding success from both delegates and Develop staff alike.

Brentwood centre will deliver courses for the utilities industry

Matthew Gray, Head of Operations & Training, said: “Develop is the UK’s leading provider of compliance, technical and safety training. Despite all that the COVID19 pandemic has brought over recent years, we are continuing to grow and are set to rapidly expand our nationwide training provision throughout 2022.”

He continued: “Our new centre in Brentwood is in the perfect location for those based in and around the London and Kent areas. The Gas Distribution for Managers course is the first in a wide variety of training Develop will be delivering from this centre covering a diverse course offering from mains gas, electric and water to streetworks (NRSWA) and confined spaces.

This is an exciting time for Develop and we are committed to ensuring we’re able to offer training of the highest quality in locations that are convenient for our clients.”

Help us support schools in Kenya

   02 February 2022         News

Support schools in Kenya

Working in partnership with Derby County Community Trust, Northern Gas Networks and African Adventures Develop Training are sending three colleagues to Kenya to support a life-changing project.

The charity project will see the volunteers working at one of five schools in the slum area of Nakuru in Kenya. The children who attend these schools are amongst some of the poorest in the world.

Without donations these schools would not be able to provide education, otherwise denied to their students, as their families are unable to afford the costs for their children to attend the state schools.

We’re calling on all our colleagues, customers and family and friends to help support this worthy cause by donating items from the list below – these will all help improve the lives of the children and their families.

Our volunteers will be taking all the donated items with them on the trip so you can guarantee that your donations will make it to their intended destination.

Help us support schools in Kenya

Simply pop into one of our training centres and drop off your items with our Centre Administrator. Alternatively, you can pass your items onto a member of staff and they will drop the them off at one of the centres on your behalf.

Items to donate

  • Packs of chalk
  • Cheap exercise books
  • Atlas’
  • Cut-out shapes and alphabet letters
  • Board games and jigsaws
  • Balls (with a pump)
  • Cones
  • Sports kits
  • Whistles
  • Good quality clothes & shoes
  • Sanitary products (no tampons)
  • Soap
  • Bras & underwear (new only)
  • Pencils and sharpeners
  • Old textbooks
  • Number charts
  • Large story books
  • Parachute (for games)
  • Bats & balls
  • Skipping ropes
  • School bags
  • Toothbrushes & toothpaste


New Year, New Skills

   05 January 2022         News

Invest in your potential - New Year, New Skills

Are you pursuing a new career or after a fresh challenge? Perhaps you’re aiming for a promotion? Or you want to learn just for fun!

Why not get the new year off to a great start and begin your upskilling journey right now with Develop Training.

Whether you’re looking for an electrical training course, some fresh Leadership and Management skills or even want to broaden your horizons by learning more about legionella and water systems – you’ve come to the right place! Develop can help with all of these.

Start by browsing our full range of courses or download our open course programme for the first half of 2022. If you can’t find what you’re looking for then give our friendly Customer Service team a call on 0800 876 6708 or email

Why choose Develop?

  • Recognised standards, including City & Guilds, CABWI, ILM, IOSH, WJA and more
  • Flexible training locations, including your place of work or one of our extensive UK training centres
  • Expertise – our training history dates back over 50 years and our trainers come from industry so have ‘real-life’ experience of what they’re teaching
  • Hands on approach – the majority of our training combines both theoretical and practical elements. This gives learners the best possible learning experience.

Colleagues join Rams in Kenya adventure

   14 December 2021         News

Develop Training is supporting Derby County Community Trust (DCCT) with their annual Rams in Kenya trip.

Our Senior Leadership Team opened up the floor to all our colleagues and offered them the opportunity to attend – all they had to do was nominate themselves and tell us why they should be chosen…and it’s safe to say we were inundated with applications!

After much deliberation we are delighted to announce the winners of our competition to win a trip of a lifetime to support a project that will change the lives of children and their communities in remote and impoverished areas of Kenya are:

  • Michele Clark
  • Daryll Garavan
  • Danny Connor

All three bring a wide range of technical skills and transferable skills such as painting, cooking, first aid and most importantly the willingness to get stuck in and help transform lives.

Congratulations to all three – we can’t wait to hear more about this adventure of a lifetime.

Working in partnership with Derby County Community Trust

Working with Derby County Community Trust, Northern Gas Networks and African Adventures the winner has the opportunity to experience this life-changing project and be part of sometime truly amazing and unique the prize is an all-expenses paid one week trip to take part.

Rams in Kenya webinar

   25 November 2021         News

Companies across the UK are being invited to pool their expertise and join a pioneering project aimed at improving the lives of children and their communities in a remote area of Kenya.

We are seeking volunteers with a host of skills and enthusiasm to join us on this life-changing trip.

DCCT annually bring together an army of volunteers to undertake life-changing projects in impoverished areas around Nakuru and the next trip has been confirmed for May 2022.

The annual visit to Nakuru sees volunteers of all ages support five partner schools with projects ranging from building classrooms to supporting teacher development.

Develop has partnered with DCCT this year to complete a sustainable project that will provide clean water and sanitation as well as train local people to maintain and sustain the equipment and systems independently for decades to come.

On-demand webinar to find out more

In November 2021, we ran a fact-finding webinar for employers to find out more about the project & also hear why NGN are the first company to commit their support with people, training and resources.

Interested? Contact us today!

Call us on 0800 876 6708 or email

New training locations for 2022

   25 November 2021         News

Develop Training is growing! We are thrilled to announce three new training locations for 2022:

  • Brentwood
  • Birmingham
  • Norwich

Brentwood & Birmingham are running courses from January 2022, Norwich will be going live in early Spring 2022.

Courses available to book now

All three centres comprise modern industry-standard workshops, multiple teaching rooms, on-site canteens, free onsite parking and nearby major public transport links.

Download our info pack and find out more about each centres’ facilities and exactly which courses they can accommodate.

Contact us

Call us on 0800 876 6708 or email

Rams in Kenya adventure

   16 November 2021         News

Companies across the UK are being invited to pool their expertise and join a pioneering project aimed at improving the lives of children and their communities in a remote area of Kenya.

We are inviting volunteers (individuals and/or UK companies) with a host of skills and enthusiasm to join us on this life-changing trip.


Join our free fact-finding webinar on Wednesday 24th November to find out more about this incredible project.

NGN sign-up to Kenya project

   19 October 2021         News

Utility companies across the UK are being invited to pool their expertise and join a pioneering project aimed at improving the lives of children and their communities in a remote area of Kenya.

Derby-based Develop Training, one of the UK’s leading accredited providers of compliance, technical, and safety training for the utilities sector, has teamed up with Derby County Community Trust (DCCT) for the Rams in Kenya project.

The project aims to complete a sustainable utility project that will provide clean water and sanitation as well as train local people to maintain and sustain the equipment and systems independently for decades to come.

Northern Gas Networks first to sign up

The first company to sign up to the project is Northern Gas Networks. Training Manager Chris Adair explained: “NGN are committed to providing opportunities for those less fortunate as part of our CSR policy.

“We are fully supportive of this project and are proud to the first utility company to sign up and commit our support with people, training and resources.

“As a company, we are funding three places for colleagues on our apprenticeship programme to take part. We feel it will provide them with the adventure of a lifetime as well as a real opportunity to change lives for the better and, above all, play a part in something amazing.

“We would love other companies in the sector to join us to make a positive and lifechanging impact for these children and their communities.

“Companies can either sponsor employees to take part or encourage individuals to fund raise the cost of their involvement.

“This covers the cost of travel, accommodation and goes towards the materials that will be required to make this project a reality.”

Find out more and join in

Any company or individual interested is invited to attend a virtual briefing session. Please contact for further information and to express your interest.

Award at Institute of Water Conference

   11 October 2021         News

The UK’s leading accredited provider of Compliance, Technical and Safety training has won the prestigious ‘Training Organisation of the Year’ award at the esteemed Institute of Water President’s Dinner and Awards.

The event was held at Boathouse 7 in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard and was packed to the gunnels for the event. The 2021 Annual Conference and Awards, shines a spotlight on successful collaboration in the sector and showcases the very best people, projects, and processes that the sector has to offer.

Phil Beach, CBE, Chief Executive of Energy & Utility Skills presented the awards for Skills and Training, Phil said:

“I am delighted to have presented the Energy & Utility Skills Awards at this year’s event, recognising those companies and individuals who value their people highly and ensure skills and diversity remain an important focus.

Their achievements promote a resilient, skilled, diverse, and sustainable workforce and encourage better long-term outcomes for their organisation, the sector and wider society. Congratulations to all this year’s winners.”

Develop have been instrumental in a training revolution within the water sector

The award win demonstrates how Develop have been instrumental in a training revolution within sector, especially important during the pandemic. With the launch of the first truly blended training course of its kind in the sector, Develop have worked closely with companies from all areas of the utility sector to ensure courses are developed to fit market needs and demands both now and in the future.

National recognition

Following the win, Managing Director of Develop Training John Kerr said “To have received national recognition at such renowned awards for our training is overwhelming for the whole team. They all work tirelessly to create solutions that exceed our clients’ expectations, and this accolade is testament to them all.”

He added “We would also like to thank Energy & Utility Skills and The Institute of Water for the award and for all the work they do for the sector”.

Institute of Water - Presidents dinner
Left to right: Bob Taylor, President of the Institute of Water and CEO Portsmouth Water presenting the award for Water Industry Training Organisation of the Year to John Kerr, Managing Director, Develop Training.

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NICEIC approped assessment centre
CABWI Awarding Body
City & Guilds
Energy & Utility Skills
ILM Approved Centre
Lloyds ISO 9001:2015
Achilles UVDB
Water Jetting Association