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.


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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.

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:

A warm welcome to Derby-based Sales Advisor, Sophie Mlot

7 March 2024     News

A warm welcome to Derby-based Sales Advisor, Sophie Mlot

Introducing Sophie Mlot, the latest addition to Develop’s sales team in the role of Sales Advisor, where she will be working alongside Daniel Laird. 

Sophie’s professional journey commenced in the retail sector, starting at Showcase Cinema in Derby and steadily progressing to the position of team leader. Transitioning to her first sales role, she joined a local talent agency, where her responsibilities spanned event planning, telesales, and outbound sales. While she found the diverse tasks enjoyable, the inherent stress led her to make the decision to move on. Returning to the retail realm, Sophie assumed the role of manager at the bakery chain, Greggs. 

Excited to re-enter the sales profession, Sophie found the ideal opportunity at Develop. Her responsibilities include handling customer enquiries via email, telephone, and live chat. 

Reflecting on her first week at Develop, Sophie expressed, “I’m really enjoying Develop so far; everyone has been so welcoming and patient when teaching me. I’m really looking forward to the future here and I can’t wait to start speaking to customers.” 

Beyond her professional life, Sophie has a passion for music and can also play the piano. Outside of work, she shares a love for travel, exploring new destinations each year. 

Zahir Uddin joins Develop as an Electrical Trainer

6 March 2024     News

Zahir Uddin joins Develop as an Electrical Trainer

Introducing Zahir (Zed) Uddin, the newest member of Develop’s Estates and Facilities Management team based in York. 

Zed has joined the team as an Electrical Trainer, but he began his professional journey several years ago as an Engineering Apprentice at Harrisons Engineering. Over the years, he has acquired certifications in gas, electricity, plumbing, and, more recently, a number of technical qualifications in renewable energies such as solar PV, air source and ground source heat pumps, and battery storage systems. 

As he moved up the ranks, Zed found the most fulfilment in mentoring his young colleagues, offering them the valuable advice and guidance he once received as a junior staff member. Eventually he felt a calling to impart his knowledge on a broader scale, prompting him to establish his own training business. 

Devoted to ensuring high-quality training for the industry, Zed ran his courses from a training centre in Huddersfield, whilst also working with Develop as an associate self-employed trainer. It was this exposure to Develop’s values, training standards, and opportunities motivated him to pursue a full-time position with the company when one became available.  

Outside work, Zed holds qualifications as a bodyguard and bouncer. His experiences range from managing club doors to safeguarding prominent figures in the music industry, and even Queen Elizabeth II. He also enjoys spending time with his family, particularly family holidays. 

Water Network Training Facilities Unveiled at Derby Training Centre

20  February 2024     News

Following a £500k refurbishment at its Derby training centre last year, Develop is proud to unveil its latest enhancement – an upgraded water networks training area. The Derby training centre, widely renowned as as centre of excellence for utility training in the Midlands, was strategically chosen for its central location and accessibility, and is now equipped with the latest technology and a secure practical training area for delegates to safely refine their skills and practice real-world scenarios in water networks management.

The inaugural course, a 5-day Network Construction Operations Water Level 2 Service Laying programme, concluded last week and was expertly led by Develop Associate, Mick Reading.

Training activities that the facilities can cover include:

  • Live main laying techniques; able to configure multiple design configurations due to multi-valve set ups.
  • Live service laying techniques
  • Live valve training
  • Small live flushing exercises
  • Under pressure drilling, using talbot drill and now with the multi fit self-tapping ferrule for use on Ductile iron and Cast Iron mains. This new method provides a simple and easy way to connect service pipes to differing main sizes
  • Flushing activities
  • Mains commissioning including chlorination and pressure testing.

Commenting on the new facilities, Daryll Garavan, Interim Head of Operations & Training, stated,

We are thrilled to introduce these new and improved water networks training facilities, setting a new standard for professional development in the utilities industry. As the demand for skilled professionals in water networks maintenance continues to grow, Develop remains at the forefront of delivering high-quality utility training to the majority of the UK’s leading water suppliers.”

This latest investment in its utility training infrastructure underscores Develop’s continual commitment to the development of a highly skilled water networks workforce. The aim is to equip professionals to tackle the evolving challenges in water networks management and maintenance effectively, and Develop is poised to play a vital role in shaping the future of utility training, meeting the increasing demands of the industry and ensuring the highest standards of excellence.

For more information about the utility training courses available at Develop, please visit our website:

Exclusive 10% discount off all training courses for NHS staff

04 March 2024     News

At Develop, we understand the importance of continuous learning and professional development for those working in healthcare and the NHS.

We recognise the investment you make in training, and as a thank you, we’re excited to announce an exclusive offer to help you stretch your training budget even further. For the months of March, April, and May, we’re extending a 10% discount on our entire range of open programme and bespoke training courses to those working in the NHS.

To claim this discount, all you need to do is book your preferred training course before 31st May 2024. The best part? The course itself can take place at any time throughout the rest of the year, offering you the flexibility to choose a course that suits your needs (subject to availability).

How to claim the discount

Step 1: Browse our website to find the course you require.

Step 2: When you’re ready to book, contact us on 0800 876 6708 or email

Quote “NHS10” to receive the discount.


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