Confined Spaces

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.

Confined Space Entrant and Entry Controller qualification now C&G 6160-09 accredited

   25 October 2023         News

We are pleased to announce that our Confined Space Medium Risk and Top Person (Level 2) course is now accredited by City & Guilds under the C&G Level 2 Award in Entrant and Entry controller 6160-09 scheme. The course has long been one of Develop’s most sought-after confined space training courses, but has up until recently has been accredited by CABWI.

The course content has undergone minor changes but both employers and delegates can rest assured that the training will continue to be of the highest quality. City & Guilds, with its renowned reputation for setting high standards in education and training, ensures that our training continues to meet the stringent requirements and expectations of industry professionals.

Develop will still continue to offer a wide range of confined space training accredited by both CABWI and City & Guilds.

City and Guilds Level 2 Award in Entrant and Entry controller 6160-09

Confined spaces present a myriad of challenges and hazards that demand specialised training to ensure safety and competence. The City and Guild’s Level 2 Award in Entrant and Entry Controller for Confined Spaces (6160-09) is designed for entrants and entry controllers who operate in medium-risk confined spaces. The training will equip delegates with the necessary skills and knowledge to work safely in medium-risk confined space areas, and also act as entry controller for the operation.

This change in awarding body signifies Develop’s commitment to providing high-quality training in line with industry standards.

Upon completing the medium risk top-person training delegates will understand the systems, equipment and protocols they need to perform their work safely in confined space. In addition, they will learn how to adopt a duty of care for the team under their entry control. This reflects national occupational industry standards and regulations in medium-risk. 

Who Should Attend?

Our Confined Space Medium Risk and Top Person course is intended for operatives who may need to demonstrate assessed qualifications towards competence in confined space entry. If you are part of a team that frequently works in confined spaces or if your job involves overseeing and managing entry operations, this course is ideal for you.

Key Course Highlights

Our course covers a wide range of vital topics to ensure that participants are well-prepared for entry into confined spaces, including:

  • Current legislation associated with medium-risk confined space work   
  • The roles and responsibilities of medium-risk entrants and medium-risk entry controllers
  • Emergency procedures when working in a medium-risk confined space 
  • How to use personal protective equipment
  • Producing and overseeing Safe Systems of Work (SSOW) for entry into medium-risk confined spaces, including point of works risk assessments  
  • Risk assessment of confined space hazards
  • Types of gaseous atmospheres, portable gas monitoring equipment and their use
  • The use of harness tripod, man-riding winch/fall arrest and safety line, plus the use of escape breathing apparatus as part of a self-rescue procedure

Find out more about the course and book your space here:

Further information about the C&G 6160 scheme can be found here:

Expert guidance in a challenging environment: confined space training

   27 July 2023         News

Led by seasoned trainer, Joe Cheatle, earlier this week a group of delegates embarked on a Level 2 Award in Working in Medium Risk Confined Spaces training course at our newly refurbished York centre.

As part of the practical element of the course, each individual was lowered into the confined space unit by the ‘top man’. They then went on to navigate their way through a series of tunnels and shafts until a mock emergency gas leak scenario was simulated, during which they had to work together as a team to effectively manage the situation and safely remove themselves from the facility.

Under Joe’s expert guidance, all of the delegates remained calm under pressure and implemented appropriate safety measures during this particular exercise. Other elements covered during the course included safe entry, emergency procedures and escapes using breathing apparatus.

CABWI-accredited confined spaces qualification

Upon successful completion of this CABWI accredited Level 2 qualification, delegates can expect to go on to achieve qualifications for high risk confined spaces, and/or supervision or management of confined space entry.

What is classed as a confined space?

Any room or enclosed area can be classified as a confined space. You could already be working in or managing a number of roles, for example:

• Underground engineer
• Water distribution/Sewerage process operator
• Water jetter
• Water/Wastewater treatment plant operator
• Boiler/plant room maintenance

Confined spaces pose unique challenges in a wide variety of industries, demanding specialised skills and the utmost precaution. Working in a confined space is dangerous because of the risks from noxious fumes, reduced oxygen levels, risk of fire or even dangers such as drowning and asphyxiation from dust.

A risk-free confined space learning environment

At all our training centres, safety remains our top priority, and our new training facilities at York adhere to the highest industry standards. That’s why, as part of our brand new, fully to-scale artificial street, Training Terrace, we’ve created a confined spaces environment that enables delegates to confront challenges head-on, whilst in a risk-free learning environment.

Find out more about Confined Space training:

Interested in finding out more about Training Terrace?

Innovative Mobile Unit Enables On-Site Confined Spaces Training for Compass Group

   28 June 2023         News

Last week, delegates from Compass Group UK & Ireland took advantage of our new mobile confined spaces unit and had their Level 2 Medium Risk Confined Spaces training delivered at their own premises.

Below, three delegates are pictured on top of the mobile unit ready to lower themselves down 3m into 35m of internal tunnels and horizontal shafts.

Congratulations to all those who attended the training and successfully gained their CABWI Level 2 Award in Working in Medium Risk Confined Spaces.

Interested in finding out more about our mobile unit? Find out more here

Develop receives excellent feedback following CABWI EQA visit

   31 May 2023         News

Last month Develop underwent an EQA (External Quality Assurance) visit from CABWI, a nationally recognised awarding body specialising in qualifications for the water and utilities industries. All of our Street Works courses are recognised through CABWI, as well as the majority of our Confined Spaces courses.

We’re delighted to say that the feedback was excellent, and we have included an excerpt from the assessment below:

Develop demonstrated: “High quality delivery over all qualifications using very experienced industry professionals, top quality IT systems and excellent management of all ongoing delivery programmes.”

Outstanding feedback for our CABWI accredited Street Works and Confined Spaces courses

We are proud to have received such a positive response from CABWI’s assessors, and we recognise that the quality of our provision has been kept at a particularly high level by our in-house quality assurance team.

Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) is critical for maintaining the integrity of training and assessments within Develop. It’s a comprehensive process that monitors the teaching, learning and assessment activities of all our training programmes. Managed by Gary Fisher, the quality assurance team work to ensure that the quality or our training and assessment is always considered ‘outstanding’. This is done through ongoing internal quality assurance, observations, quality checks and meetings with all approving officials to ensure we stay ahead of the curve.

The dedication of the quality team, the love of what we do, and the ongoing hard work of all our trainers is what makes Develop continue to provide qualifications that are up to the highest standards. This means that employers and delegates can rest assured they’re getting the very best training and qualifications available on the market.

Quality Assurance at Develop Training

If you would like to find out more about our quality assurance team and the fantastic work that they do in not only monitoring the standards of Develop, but of training operations around the world, click here:

New mobile confined spaces vehicle

   05 April 2023         News

Develop Training unveils new mobile confined spaces training vehicle.

Leading provider of compliance, technical and safety training, Develop Training has unveiled its new mobile confined spaces unit, a vehicle capable of travelling around the country to provide industry-leading confined spaces training.

Capable of delivering seven of Develop Training’s CABWI and City and Guilds accredited confined spaces courses, the new unit completely transforms from a functioning vehicle to a bespoke training environment in just 15 minutes.

Made up of over 35 metres of tunnels stretching two levels of simulated passages, the unit includes full CCTV and audio facilities, an extended roof-space with handrail, and smoke machines. These features allow Develop Training to deliver immersive training that better replicates the confined spaces that practicing technicians may face.

The unit, which takes up only four car parking spaces wherever it’s parked meaning that training can be delivered almost anywhere, follows an expressed demand by employers looking for confined spaces courses for their workforce.

Kate Denial, Operational Training Manager at Develop Training, said: “We’re proud to make a significant step in the continued growth of our confined spaces training division as we offer our portable training solution to employers around the country.

“The mobile confined spaces unit is a key signifier of our ongoing commitment to providing an industry-leading standard of training that also adapts to the speciality requirements of our clients.”

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