Develop celebrates impressive 12 months of success

   04 December 2023         News

With over £1.5 million of investment in its training centre network, a range of new courses, and a host of large contract wins, Develop Training, one of the UK’s leading accredited providers of compliance, technical and safety training, is celebrating a successful year.

Develop has made significant strides in 2023, bolstering its offering with a focus on refurbishments to its centres. These include a £500K investment in its Derby centre and a further £500K outlay on its York centre, as well as launching new training units, such as its mobile confined spaces unit and mobile water jetting unit.

An industry partnership to be proud of

This year also saw the launch of Develop’s Joint Emergency Training Set (JETSET), a £500K fully-to-scale artificial street, named Training Terrace in a public naming competition. Training Terrace was constructed next to the York centre in partnership with Northern Gas Networks (NGN). This state-of-the-art provision has expanded Develop’s offering allowing it to deliver courses in real-life simulated situations including gas incidents, excavation safety, cable avoidance, street lighting, drains, sewer jetting and confined spaces entry.

A year of upgrades, innovation, and accolades

This expansion has been echoed in Derby, where Develop’s centre has undergone a significant refurbishment, including upgrades to the office and classroom, as well multiple communal spaces including the reception, canteen and breakout areas.

During 2023, Develop has also furthered its accessibility provision, bringing training directly to its delegates via its mobile confined spaces vehicle. The confined spaces unit allows training to be delivered nationally, transforming from a functioning vehicle to an immersive, bespoke training environment in just 15 minutes.

Introduction of a dedicated e-learning platform

Accessibility has increased throughout the wider JTL Group, which is comprised of JTL, Develop and CompEx, with the launch of its e-learning and professional development platform LEDA, which is home to over 64 e-learning courses.

Recruiting & inspiring the next generation

Further projects launched in 2023 include Develop’s recruitment campaign Emerge and Evolve, which seeks to encourage skilled individuals from across the utility sector, to become industry-leading trainers and help inspire the next generation of talent.

IIP Gold Award for commitment to people

As a mark of a successful year, the business has even achieved the Investors in People Gold Award accreditation in recognition of its commitment to the development, progression, and performance of its team. Additionally, Develop has won a number of large accounts including National Grid to deliver a highly successful, bespoke leadership and management training programme centred around modern managerial skills.

Matthew Gray, Interim Managing Director at Develop, said:

I’m incredibly proud of all the achievements that our team has accomplished over the past 12 months. The investments we have made throughout the business are already making a significant impact, from the successful refurbishments of our Derby and York centres and the construction of Training Terrace, to the launch of further training initiatives such as LEDA. As we look ahead to 2024, we are excited to continue this momentum and look forward to more accomplishments in the future.”

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