Joe Cheatle joins as a Confined Space Trainer

   14 December 2022         News

Develop would like to extend a warm welcome to Joe Cheatle who joined Kate Denial’s training team a few months ago as a Confined Space trainer.

Although based in Derby, Joe will be working nationwide to deliver confined space training. Joe began his career working for Mines Rescue where he worked for 5 years from the age of 18. After many successful years Joe decided it was time for a change with a new challenge and when he saw Develop were hiring it was the perfect opportunity, Joe is bringing with him his incredible knowledge of safety in low, medium and high risk confined spaces as well as his TAQA and Institution of Occupational Safety and Health qualifications.

What Develop is like

“Working at Develop definitely has its perks and great benefits, like a company car for example, along with friendly welcoming workforce. I was lucky to start the week of the Staff Conference, this meant I was able to be the full extent of the Develop family within my first week. It was a great way to meet colleagues in an informal setting.”

Day to day wise if Joe is completing training off Develops sites he makes sure he has all the relevant equipment and paper work required, he also brings any PPE that might be needed. If he is working at a Develop site or that of a customer he will then make sure the room is ready and complete the required papers before teaching and assessing the group.

I like to mix theory with the practical side of the subject as it’s good to introduce equipment gradually as the course progresses as I find majority of learners in this subjects like the hands-on side. I like to utilise Q&As and different classroom teaching techniques to keep learners engaged and often use the whiteboard to talk through different topics.”

Joe sees himself as an ambitious individual and at Develop would like the achieve personal progression through more qualifications such as IQA and NEBOSH and if the opportunity arises.

The industry

I think more employers are taking confined space worker competency more seriously as they are aware of the major repercussions there can potentially be if they don’t follow health and safety legislation.

Joe says he has noticed an increase in demand and numbers on courses over the last five year:

At my previous employer, they were initially struggling to fill courses, however towards the end of my time at the company there was rarely a spare seat. From what I have seen at Develop it’s a similar story and most courses I’ve instructed so far have been full in terms of numbers.”

Away from work

Outside of work Joe enjoys playing football and socialising with friends.

Professional accreditations