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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

THANK YOU!

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 marketing@developtraining.co.uk.

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.

Interested?

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 marketing@developtraining.co.uk for further information and to express your interest.

Pioneering project in Kenya

   27 September 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.

A life-changing project

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.

The next trip will be the first time that individuals with specific utilities’ expertise have been involved.

Providing utility infrastructure to last a lifetime

The plan is 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.

Seeking utility companies who want to make a real difference

Develop Training Managing Director John Kerr explained: “As far as we know, this will be the first time that companies across the UK utility sector have come together for such an ambitious international project.

“By pooling expertise, we aim to complete a sustainable project that will make a real and sustainable difference to the whole local community in Nakuru.

“As well as designing and installing the equipment, we aim to provide a lasting legacy by ensuring that local people are fully trained in maintenance and repairs so that they do not have to totally rely on return visits and future support.”

Mr Kerr continued: “Some schools in this part of Kenya have thousands of pupils and only a handful of toilets and no sewage systems. This has a profound effect on all the children, teachers and the wider community but particularly on the older girls who, because of lack of facilities and no sanitary support, miss out on at least a week of school every month.”

Utility & construction workers urgently needed

Paul Newman, DCCT Community Manager continued: “The Rams in Kenya project is always amazing. The joy that it brings to our volunteers, as well as the children and teachers out there, is indescribable.

“Having not been able to return to the area for the past two years, we are looking forward to making the May 2022 project even more impactful.

“We have always been keen to add professionals from the construction industry, as well as those with medical and teaching experience, to complement our pool of enthusiastic volunteers.

“The input from Develop Training and the UK utility sector will hopefully ensure that we can achieve a key objective to bring life-changing clean water and sanitation to the local community.

“Such an undertaking obviously needs to be led by industry experts who will be supported by our volunteers who join us with a host of skills and enthusiasm and who all discover the role they are best suited for during the trip.”

Find out more and join in

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

Construction course meets Covid challenges

   28 June 2021         News

Develop Training has welcomed the first intake of clients on its gold standard construction course – with many employers receiving money back from the CITB Levy.

Approved by the CITB and Build UK, the IOSH Safety, Health and Environment for Construction Site Managers has been a roaring success despite the raft of challenges posed by the pandemic, and it was conducted for the very first time using both virtual and in person sessions.

Daryll Garavan, Utilities Training Manager at Develop Training, said: “Like many training companies, Develop Training had to adapt the majority of its courses to include virtual and in person learning. We trialled a mix of blended learning, but ultimately we have listened to our customers in order to retain the high quality training that we’re known for and decided to keep the course as an in-classroom practical based course moving forwards.

“We are delighted at the success of this course and the level of learner feedback is fantastic. The pandemic poses so many challenges for the construction industry, but we are happy to report that we have overcome them as a team.”

Click here to find out more about the course.

Reducing the cost of accidents and illness by up to 40 per cent

IOSH’s globally-delivered Safety, Health and Environment for Construction Site Managers course provides essential knowledge for anyone who oversees or manages safety, health and environmental risks associated with construction activities.

The course aims to keep businesses healthy and safe, with an effective training programme, which claims to reduce the cost of accidents and illness by up to 40 per cent within the industry.

Money back for those who pay the CITB Levy

Under the Industrial Training Act 1982, all construction industry employers and contractors must be assessed against the CITB Levy and a Levy return must be sent in each year.  Those who pay into the Levy can get up to £120 back per employee enrolled on the Develop Training Course.

Find out more about the CITB Levy here.

Many of Develop’s training courses can be fully, or partially, funded via various grants and levies.

Almost half of all construction accidents are falls from height

Latest figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show almost half of all construction accidents (47%) were from falls from height.

There were 40 fatal injuries in 2019/20, slightly up on the 5-year average of 37 per year. There were also 143 prosecutions with £8.3 million issued in fines, which averages over £60,000 per conviction.

A gold standard in teaching

Daryll Continued: “This course is not only the gold standard in teaching, it also offers money back for those paying into the Levy. There really isn’t a price that can be put on the health and safety of your workforce, and we encourage construction bosses to take this issue seriously.”

Positive learner feedback

Emma Thomas, a learner on the course from Icosa Water said: “The Team at Develop are just fantastic and very knowledgeable. I have really enjoyed this course and found it has been useful to my job. I would definitely recommend it to others within the industry.”

New drains and sewers training

   29 April 2021         News

Developed by Energy & Utility Skills in partnership with the National Association of Drainage Contractors (NADC), the new Safety Health and Environmental Awareness (SHEA) Drains and Sewers training programme is designed for anyone in the drainage sector from front line operators through to supervisors and managers.

SHEA Drains & Sewers

This scheme represents an important landmark in the development of drainage contracting as a professionally trained, managed and delivered service and will also be adopted as a compulsory qualification for all NADC members in due course.

As with all schemes in Energy & Utility Skills’ SHEA portfolio, the new SHEA Drains and Sewers scheme is partnered with CSCS, giving the cardholder access to operational sites.

Compliments existing SHEA training

The new training programme complements the existing SHEA schemes already in place for water, power, gas, waste and resource management, telecommunications and cross-country pipelines, making a complete set for the utilities sector.

EUSR registration reduces duplication of training

Registration on EUSR reduces duplication of training for individuals working across multiple sites, saving them and their employers time and money. It is also quick and easy to become registered for any of the other SHEA schemes as the core content is the same and it just requires training on the additional industry contextualised module.

Further information is available here.

Available as in-classroom or virtual course

Develop Training offer the SHEA Drains & Sewers training programme either as an in-classroom training course, delivered at one of our UK-wide centres, or as a virtual classroom course delivered via Zoom/Teams.

About the SHEA Drains & Sewers Scheme

The SHEA Drains and Sewers scheme comprises of eight modules. Six modules are ‘core’ modules and are relevant for all utility industries and support workplace practice in relation to health, safety and environmental law. Two modules provide the drainage and sewerage industry specific content.  It is designed to provide evidence that an individual has demonstrated an appropriate level of knowledge, understanding and behavioural awareness.

Individuals must complete all eight modules and pass the SHEA Drains and Sewers assessment to gain EUSR SHEA Drains and Sewers registration.

It is an Energy & Utility Skills Passport scheme and does not indicate any level of technical competence or skilled expertise.

EUSR registration for SHEA Drains and Sewers is for three years from the date of assessment.

Andy Holmes talks to Erewash Sound

   15 April 2021         News

Andy Holmes, the brains behind our hugely successful Women in Utilities programme, recently spoke to Ollie Darvill on Erewash Sound Radio about the ongoing problem of gender diversity in the utilities industry.

In case you missed it, listen to the recording here.

What is the Women in Utilities Success Programme?

The programme is designed to accelerate the careers of women in the utility industry, provide advocacy and mentoring to support pathways to leadership roles, as well as strive to create a culture of empowerment.

In a nutshell:

  • An advanced programme of training, networking and mentoring for women in the utility industry.
  • The programme will provide qualifications relevant to the individuals sector/job role through 15 days of training (Valued up to £15k – at no cost to the participant).
  • The programme will provide participants with a high level of skills including an understanding of the challenges the industry faces, global perspectives from various industry leaders.
  • A network of mentors among leading women in the industry.
  • Provide companies with a solution to training and CSR through this high level programme.
  • Helps companies in the sector to identify talent and reach gender equality benchmarks.
  • Become part of a network of alumni to then support the next generation of participants by becoming mentors of the programme.

Success for Women in Utilities

   25 March 2021         News

Develop Training is seeing the first signs of success from a national training programme designed to champion women in the utilities industry.

The Women in Utilities success programme initially offered free places to eight female candidates keen to progress in this traditionally male-dominated industry.

Administrator to Contracts Manager on gas holder demolition sites

Now, the first woman to be accepted on the programme last year, Annie Thompson (29), is celebrating a major promotion from her administrative role with Northern Gas Networks to managing contracts on gas holder demolition sites.

While she still has further days scheduled for completing her training, due to delays caused by the Covid pandemic, Annie believes her promotion would not have been possible without the excellent support provided by Develop at its Derby training centre.

Squashing male-female stereotypes

And, after starting her new dream job earlier this month, she is urging any women with similar ambitions in any industry sector to go and do it.

“We need to squash these male-female stereotypes in this day and age,” she said. “It might feel daunting for many women to enter a traditionally male-dominated world – but it’s certainly not like it used to be any more.

I’ve had absolutely no negative reactions on site – quite the opposite in fact. And even with me being less than five feet tall, often tumbling out of those big vans, nobody bats an eyelid.”

The support from Develop has been second to none

“The training from Develop has been amazing, and the fact that they are willing to support women getting into these roles is just fantastic.”

Develop Training, part of the JTL Group, is one of the UK’s leading providers of compliance, technical and safety training. Based in Ascot Drive, Derby, it also has dedicated training centres in York, Romford, Swindon, Manchester & Linlithgow in Scotland.

Increasing diversity and inclusion in the utilities industry

The brainchild behind the Women in Utilities success programme was Andy Holmes, business risk and assurance manager at Develop Training, who recognised the importance of increasing diversity and inclusion in the utilities industry.

Just 17 per cent of the workforce in the utilities sector is female

This followed a study from the Energy and Utilities Skills Partnership which found that just 17 per cent of the workforce in the utilities sector were female, and 99 per cent of “craft” or technical roles were held by men. This compares with a UK workforce average of 47 per cent women.

Andy said: “Our Women in Utilities success programme is the first scheme of its type that we have undertaken.

“Straight away, we realised how important it was, not only for the eight women who agreed to take part, but also in the way it has helped us to re-evaluate our own training practices, to ensure they are as inclusive of as many people as possible.

“Everyone at Develop Training is delighted to hear that our programme has enabled Annie to get the job she really wanted within Northern Gas Networks. We wish her every success in the future.”

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