Meet the team : Wayne Stones

   24 January 2024         Blogs

In this month’s instalment of our Meet the Team blog, we’d like to introduce you to Gas Utilities and Street Works Trainer, Wayne Stones.

Apprenticeship roots

Wayne grew up in the small Yorkshire town of Pontefract and took his first step onto the career ladder in 1992 when he began an apprenticeship with British Gas, which later rebranded to Northern Gas Networks (NGN). During his apprenticeship he worked as a Gas Distribution Craftsman before moving onto the role of Team Leader following the completion of his training. This saw him take responsibility for a team of colleagues repairing damaged parts on the gas network.

Wayne’s career journey went from strength-to-strength during this time as he undertook various roles including a Network Distribution Engineer, where he gained more responsibility and became an expert in installing and repairing a variety of gas networks and appliances, and a Network Officer, where he supervised a total of eight teams of engineers repairing gas escapes in the network, across six years. Wayne then decided to make a move into the IT side of the business in the role of Release Manager, whereby he was responsible for looking into the hardware and software that colleagues had collected from sites.

Joining Develop

Wayne joined the Develop team in January 2022 after having seen a Utilities & Streetworks Trainer vacancy advertised via the business’s Emerge & Evolve Trainer Recruitment Programme.

The programme is aimed at tackling the sector skills shortage and getting those who are currently working ‘hands on’ in the industry to become Trainers of the future. Develop provide a full package of training to help individuals’ hone their training and delivery skills so they can pass on their invaluable experience to the next generation of utility workers. Further information on the programme is available here:

Wayne explains,

I felt it was time for a change in my career and I was keen to share the knowledge and experience that I’d gained over my30 years of working in the gas industry. The opportunity at Develop came at just the right time and I feel incredibly lucky to have been offered formal training, qualifications, and a fantastic mentor, to guide me on this journey.”

Much of the training that Wayne delivers is based in-centre at York and Derby, however he also travels across the country to Develop’s other centres in Swindon, Essex, Manchester & Scotland to deliver bespoke courses for various companies in the utilities sector. Wayne regularly teaches NCO Gas, Street Works (NRSWA) and gas escape training, and works with a number of high-profile organisations, including NGN.

First-hand experience working on the gas network

After spending 30 years in the gas network industry, Wayne has invaluable experience and knowledge that he can share with the delegates that attend his courses. His past hands-on roles at British Gas/NGN have allowed him to develop technical knowledge that he is able to refer to during training.

Wayne says that he really enjoys his role at Develop and feeling that he is making a difference with his teaching.

He says:

There are people that I’ve trained, and I see them coming back for additional courses, so it’s always great to see how far they’ve come.”

He also says that he finds it extremely rewarding to see that his training is helping his delegates to progress in their career as they move into more senior and management roles.

Outside of work, Wayne is a keen house DJ and regularly plays at local bars and festivals, and also practices Brazilian Jujitsu with his son.

To find out more about the courses that Wayne delivers please click here:

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