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A Review of 2021 by our MD Jim Stewart CBE

Despite the severe problems in 2021 due to Covid-19 we still had a very successful year.  We had the highest turnover and profitability since we started the business in 2004.

Credit for this is down to the hard work and commitment of the excellent staff that we have. I also want to recognise the excellent team of tutors that we have.

We continued with the Covid control measures and had reduced numbers in the classrooms with all students seated at an individual desk.  We also went through our fair share of antibacterial gel and maintained the 2-metre rule far as possible.

All categories of training have performed well. Nebosh and City and Guilds were particularly strong throughout the year. Our City and Guilds 18th Edition and 2391 courses were very well attended, and both the Nebosh Certificate and Diploma were strong.

We were able to maximise the numbers on the courses as best we could according to the restrictions on the number of desks per room.

We also provided on-line training for IOSH Managing Safely, COSHH, Risk Assessment and the Nebosh General Certificate and Diploma.

We also offered students the opportunity to join training on Microsoft Teams when they had to isolate at home.

I am particularly pleased with the students’ performance on the National Nebosh General Certificate. Our April cohort of 24 students run in two groups, had a 100 % pass. Credit goes to our tutor John Wright. John Wright is an exceptional tutor and is very committed to help students.

With the roll out of the ‘Open Book Exam’ and new syllabus by Nebosh we introduced their new range of courses during the year. We started the New Nebosh Diploma, new Nebosh Construction, new Nebosh Fire and new Nebosh Environmental. Our tutors quickly adapted to the new syllabus and gave the students a good experience. It is very satisfying to say that we had a 100% pass in the Nebosh Construction course. Credit here goes to the tutor Jim Sloan. Jim has significant knowledge and experience in teaching health and safety.

We renewed all our accreditations and added Construction NVQ Level 4 with NOCN and the City and Guilds NVQ 2346 to allow experienced people with a good electrical background to become qualified.

Our IOSH courses were also in high demand especially the Managing Safely and Safety, Health and Environmental for Construction Site Managers. We ran some courses on-line and arranged for students that could not attend class because of Covid to login on-line.

We also added the IOSH Health and Wellbeing course.

We were also audited by Nebosh for our Gold Partner Status and for our ISO 9001. I am pleased to say that both renewals were approved with a 100 % compliance.

We continued our philosophy of investing for quality. During the year we upgraded our IT suite with new PC’s, and we added additional and upgraded the existing 2391 Inspection and Testing test panels. This was to satisfy the large demand for this City and Guilds course.

Looking forward to 2022, I am pleased to say that we have added two new members of staff. Ingrid Napier has joined our team as a Health and Safety Manager. Ingrid has a wealth of knowledge and experience in health and safety and construction. We also welcome Karen Brown to the team. Karen has significant administration and finance experience and will be a great asset to the team.

Finally, I would like to thank all our staff for their commitment and dedication to make Training Solutions the company that it is.

 

Jim Stewart CBE

Managing Director

 

 

 

 

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City & Guilds Level 3 Electrotechnical Experienced Worker Qualification (2346-03)

 

 

 

This qualification is designed solely for those experienced persons who are, or have been, working in the Electrotechnical industry, practising as an Electrician, for a minimum of 5 years and who can demonstrate their technical knowledge, performance and competence to the industry standards at Level 3 in one of the occupations of this qualification and in line with the current edition of the IET wiring regulations (BS 7671).

To be eligible for the qualification you must meet the following requirements. 

  • Learners must be 18 years or over with a minimum of 5 years experience within the Electrical Industry.
  • Learners must provide evidence through assessment and provision evidence of any relevant qualifications that they have worked in the Electrical Industry carrying out electrical work for a minimum of five years.
  • This qualification is not suitable for those not experienced in the electrical installation and maintenance industry.

To enrol on the course, you will go through an initial skill scan with our assessor to gauge if you have the suitable knowledge to complete the qualification.

To obtain the 2346 qualification, you will have to complete or provide evidence that you hold the following qualifications.

  • 18th Edition Wiring Regulations
  • 2391-52 Inspection and Testing

It is recommended that students also complete the competence assessment (AM2E), delivered by NET, will be judged to have met the eligibility requirements sufficient to apply for an ECS Card from the JIB in the occupation that they have qualified.

This qualification has been developed with following key Electrotechnical stakeholders:

  • Electrical Contractors Association (ECA)
  • Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS)
  • Joint Industry Board (JIB)
  • National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT)
  • National Electrotechnical Training (NET)
  • Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP), Unite and Certsure

If you have any additional questions please get in touch.

 

 

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We are now offering the Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Construction site supervision -Building and Civil Engineering

From November 2021 we will be offering the Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Supervision – Building and Civil Engineering.

This qualification is for students who are currently CSR Site Supervisors and or looking to become an CSR Site Supervisor.

Why do students need to complete it?

Current CSR Supervisors

From December 2024 any cardholder who does not hold an NVQ Level 3 or 4 in Construction Site Supervision will not be able to renew their CSR Supervisor card.

NEW CSR Supervisors

In order for a supervisor to obtain the CSR Supervisor students must complete the NVQ Level 3 or 4 along side the 4 day CSR Site Supervisor course.

How do you obtain your CSR Supervisor card?

Current CSR Supervisors
• Complete the 1 day Site Safety Refresher course
• Hold the Level 3 or 4 NVQ Diploma in Construction site supervision – Building and Civil Engineering
• Complete the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test (Touchscreen test)

NEW CSR Supervisors
• Complete the 4 day Site Supervisors Course
• Hold the Level 3 or 4 NVQ Diploma in Construction site supervision – Building and Civil Engineering
• Complete the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test (Touchscreen test)

If you have any questions about the CSR scheme please get in touch below

Email – info@trainingsolutionsni.co.uk

Phone – 02894488100

 

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A Review Of 2020 At Training Solutions NI

 

When we look back at 2020, our thoughts will be filled with memories of the Corona virus, the significant number of deaths it caused, the pressure on the health service, numerous lockdowns and the marathon of the Brexit negotiations.
Hopefully we will still be able to think of some positives that happened in 2020 too.

In Training Solutions, we started the year with a new leaner management structure. This worked magnificently. Our staff rose to the challenge and did a great job. This new structure was also a big advantage to us when we entered lockdown with all staff being furloughed.

We had a very good start to the year with all our courses having good numbers. The Nebosh and City and Guilds electrical courses were very highly populated and as usual we had a great number of CSR, ILM and IOSH courses. With mounting pressure from the Virus, we entered a lockdown on the 23rd March that was expected to last for three or four weeks but ended up with us completely closed until the end of June. Our Nebosh and other examinations were cancelled.

In preparation for a start up we developed a full Covid Risk Assessment including new operating procedures and classroom and building modifications.
This ‘new world’ of operating added significant workload to the staff but they fully accepted it and did a sterling job that allowed us to return to training in a safe and effective way. This included the 2 metre rule, masks and hand sanitiser.

From the start up in June to the end of 2020 we had excellent turn outs for our classes. In the ‘new structured rooms’ we were fully booked out in Nebosh, City and Guilds, CSR and IOSH courses. We also secured significant contracts for Safe Isolation and Basic Electrical and Mechanical that resulted in the workshop being fully utilized from August until December.
We have a great team of associate tutors. Their dedication and support was paramount in making this happen.

We added new customers, renewed our ISO 9001 award, added the 2919 City and Guilds Electrical Vehicle Installation course and invested in our IT Suite with new pc’s. We also secured a contract with PSI platform for Chartered Institute of Insurance and other on-line examinations.
We also added new tutors in a range of areas.

So for us here at Training Solutions NI, 2020 was not all gloom. Considering the unprecedented times we found ourselves in, we had an excellent year thanks to the commitment and dedication of a great group of staff and tutors.

I would also wish to thank all our existing customers for their ongoing support in this difficult year. I hope that we did not let you down. And to the vast number of new customers that we added throughout the year, welcome to the Training Solutions family. Forefront in our business strategy is that ‘The customer is the key to business success’. We will strive to do the best we can to satisfy your needs.

We are now in another lockdown to stem the spread of the virus until the vaccine can do its job. We have a significant number of advance bookings for 2021 and we are hoping for a new normality to appear in the near future.

Happy New Year to everyone.

Jim Stewart CBE, Managing Director

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Ursula Walsh joins Training Solutions NI!

We are delighted to welcome Ursula Walsh to our team of tutors.

Ursula is currently a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Health at Ulster University.

Previous to this Ursula was a HSENI Health & Safety Inspector and also worked as an Environmental Health Officer.

From January 2021 she will be delivering our Nebosh Environmental course.

Jim Stewart CBE our Managing Director said “We are delighted to welcome Ursula to the Training Solutions NI team, her knowledge and experience will be a significant asset moving forward”

Ursula will be the fourth former HSENI Health & Safety Inspector that will tutor with us.

At Training Solutions NI we pride ourselves in trying to provide the best quality of training, facilities and learning experience possible.

 

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New City & Guilds Electric Vehicle Charging Point Course

We are now approved to deliver the Electric Vehicle Charging Point Installation course (2919)

This qualification aims to provide expert guidance to learners wishing to gain knowledge and understanding on Electric Vehicle charging equipment installation

This qualification is aimed at practising electricians interested in understanding how to install the range of equipment and systems available, it covers the specialised installation requirements of electric vehicle charging equipment in public, private and commercial locations and includes exclusive guidance on electrical requirements
During your study you will cover a range of knowledge and skills across areas including inspection & testing and handing over of electrical vehicle charging equipment. Candidates will be assessed by on-line multiple choice test and a practical assignment.
If you would like any additional questions or you would like to register your interest please do not hesitate to get in touch.
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COVID19 – Update

In case you are wondering if its safe to come to train with us during these uncertain times, we want to reassure you of the usual and extra measures we are taking right now.

 

We are monitoring the situation extremely closely and on a day by day basis.  At the present time, we are operating business as usual and are running our normal  range of training events.

 

We are checking with our staff daily to ensure that they are healthy and well, and have not been in contact with anyone who has been infected with the virus or  has travelled from the worst affected Covid 19 areas.

 

Our staff are being very vigilant in ensuring that the required sanitary regimes are being carried out and we are disinfecting work stations/desk, reception area and door handles at regular intervals throughout the day.

 

Please do not be offended when you arrive for training with us to be asked to wash your hands at regular intervals during the day.

 

If you are displaying any symptoms of the virus, firstly we are sorry to hear that.  And secondly, we would ask that you let us know and kindly reschedule your training so that we can see you when you are back feeling fighting fit.

 

If and when the time comes that we need to take extra measures, we will do so in the most responsible way as advised by the appropriate authorities.

 

Thank you for your cooperation in this very difficult and constantly changing environment and please feel free to contact us if you would like any further information.

 

Jim Stewart CBE

Managing Director

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We Are Now Offering ISO Management Systems Training

We are delighted to announce a partnership with C&A Davidson Associates who will provide ISO management systems training.

This partnership will tie in with the other courses we currently offer.

Training Solutions NI have held ISO 9001 for 15 years and it is a very worthwhile certification to hold and adds vast credibility to your organisation

The courses we are offering will aim to inform students of how to become a an internal or certified auditor

 

Please see below the courses we are offering;

Internal Auditor Courses

 

Various two day internal auditor courses:

 

  • Two day Quality internal auditor course, accredited by SEQM a CQI/IRCA Approved Training Partner, can be also held ‘in-house’ depending on delegate numbers.  Request price per delegate for in-house courses.

 

  • Two day OH&S internal auditor course, accredited by SEQM a CQI/IRCA Approved Training Partner, can be also held ‘in-house’ depending on delegate numbers.  Request price per delegate for in-house courses.

 

  • Two day Environmental internal auditor course, accredited by SEQM a CQI/IRCA Approved Training Partner, can be also held ‘in-house’ depending on delegate numbers.  Request price per delegate for in-house courses.

 

Auditor Conversion Courses

  • OH&S Auditor Conversion Training Course (IRCA Ref: PR356)
  • Environmental Auditor Conversion Training Course (IRCA Ref: PR338)

 

Lead Auditor

  • OH&S Auditor/Lead Auditor Course (IRCA Ref: PR357)
  • Environmental Auditor/Lead Auditor Course
  • IRCA QMS Auditor/Lead Auditor Course (IRCA Ref: PR328)

 

If you would like to know more information please do not hesitate to contact us

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Training Solutions NI Attend 40 years Of NEBOSH Event At Titanic

 

Last week members of our Training Solutions N.I. team attended a reception at the Titanic Quarter to mark the 40th Anniversary of Nebosh.

The event provided the opportunity for Nebosh’s Chief Executive Ian Taylor to talk about the upcoming changes and the direction Nebosh is going in.

 

Over the past year Ian has travelled to different parts of the globe such as Kuwait to gain insight into the constantly evolving Health and Safety industry. He also noted that in some cases, one company in particular will not let any of its employees on site unless they have a Nebosh qualification.

Furthermore, Nebosh are in the process of developing virtual reality software for new courses which will modernise the way of learning by providing scenarios which employees may face on the job. One example of this is where the virtual reality headset will give a video of workplace hazards which the student will have to identify.

Training Solutions NI was one of the first learning partners to be awarded Gold Status which means that we are considered one of the premier providers in the UK. As a result of this we will continue to be at the forefront in delivering Nebosh training to the highest quality.

Jim Stewart CBE, our Managing Director noted that the “customer is key at Training Solutions NI and we take great pride in trying to achieve excellence through ensuring we have the best trainers, best facilities and the best support for our delegates”

Our trainers are all absolute experts in their fields who have years of experience from being former HSE Principal Inspectors, Senior Fire Instructors and Chartered members of IOSH.

On behalf of all of our Training Solutions NI team we would like to thank Nebosh for their invitation to the event and we look forward to continually working you in the future.

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Focus on DSE Safety – staying fit and well for life is a great incentive

Focus on safety for use of DSE

Can working with Display Screen Equipment (DSE’s) lead to physical and mental health harm? 

The short answer is YES!!

(According to HSE statistics, in 2017/18, 469,000 workers suffered from work-related musculoskeletal  and work related upper limb disorders)!

Can we reduce the risk so far as is reasonably practicable?

Absolutely Yes!

Working with display screen equipment is not a high-risk occupation, however it does expose users to potential harm and as such there is a legal duty on employers to put in place controls to reduce the risk so far as is reasonably practicable.  Display screen equipment (DSE) Assessments are a legal requirement and the good news is that if they are done correctly, they can help with combating musculoskeletal disorders and other ill-health effects that DSE users are at risk of developing through time spent at a poorly designed workstation.

The Health and Safety at Work (NI) Order 1978 places a legal duty on employers ‘to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all of his/her employees, so far as is reasonably practicable’.  But it is not all down to the employer!  Employees have a legal duty to ‘take reasonable care of their own health and safety and that of anyone who could be affected by their acts or omissions’.  The Management of Health and Safety at Work (NI) Regulations 2000 places a legal duty on employers to identify reasonably foreseeable risks and to reduce those risks so far as is reasonably practicable.  These risk assessments must be written down if there are five or more employees. And as we mentioned before; employees have to legal duty to help their employer to meet these legal requirements.

There is specific legislation regarding the use of DSE’s ‘The DSE at Work Regulations 1992’.  A user is defined as ‘one who works for more than an hour at a time on Display Screen Equipment’.  The Regulations do not apply to workers who use DSE infrequently or only for a short time.

The Regulations state that employers must;

  • Carry out a DSE Assessment
  • Reduce risks including making sure workers take frequent breaks from DSE work or do something different.
  • Provide an eye test if a worker asks for one.
  • Provide information, instruction and training – including refresher.

Many years ago, before the age of word processors, personal computers, laptops, tablets and smart phones many would argue that the workplace was a less stressful environment and it was certainly less sedentary.  Typing on a manual typewriter was taught as part of secondary school education and that teaching included how to assume the right posture to enable a person to sit for hours typing away.  Office workers had to get up from their desk to file documents and thus change their posture and stretch their legs, rather than file and save. This gave the users an opportunity to correct their posture and vary their work tasks.  Of course, there are many hazards associated with working on typewriters, traditional or digital, and we can do a lot to reduce the risk of harm!  Fit and well for life, how does that sound?

Many workers are sitting for hours typing on computers and that practice can have serious repercussions for our health and wellbeing.  Conditions associated with working on DSE include ‘work related upper limb disorders’ eye strain, repetitive strain injury and carpal tunnel problems.  There is also a high risk that users of DSE’s could suffer from the harmful effects of stress which could result in physical or mental disorders.  There are many scholarly articles associating the sedentary nature of computer use with the increase in obesity worldwide.

Provision of good quality information, instruction, training and supervision will reduce the likelihood of DSE related harm occurring.

See below an outline of what needs to be covered in a DSE Safety training course;

  • Definition of a DSE User
  • Types of DSE
  • Employers and employees’ responsibilities
  • An overview of relevant legislation
  • Potential ill-health effects
  • Assuming the right posture
  • Adjusting seating
  • Rotating administration tasks
  • Ergonomics
  • Environmental factors
  • Practical Assessments
  • Implementation
  • Positive lifestyle choices that may reduce the potential consequence of constant use of DSE’s
  • Discussion and critique

Conclusion

Working with display screen equipment does expose users to potential ill-health.  The law puts in place boundaries where employers have a legal duty to reduce the risk (so far as is reasonably practicable), and employees’ duty is to help their employer meet those requirements.  Completion of mandatory DSE assessments and providing comprehensive training and supervision will go a long way to reduce the likelihood of harm.  Individuals can take positive steps to reduce the potential consequence.   Let’s start with focusing on adjusting your chair.

How to adjust your chair 

Height – lever under the seat on the right with up and down arrows.

Set the chair height so that the underside of your elbows are at desk level

Feet – ensure they are placed firmly on the floor.

Sit well back in your chair and make sure your feet are firmly on the floor.

Adjust the chair angle – lever on the right side at the back of your chair

Sitting with the seat horizontal or sloping backwards provides a comfortable, relaxing sitting position while maintaining good posture.  It can nevertheless tilt you slightly away from your desk.  Sitting on a slight angle in a forward position towards the desk relieves pressure under the thighs and provides a more open hip angle and improves back posture.

Adjust the back rest angle – lever on the right, showing backward and forward arrows

When working on an ergonomic workstation a fairly upright sitting position is best.

When talking, at meetings or reading off the screen, reclining the backrest is relaxing and provides a nice change for the back.

Adjust the backrest height – The backrest height adjustments are all different.

A comfortable computer chair has well-shaped backrest cushioning. The most protruding part of this should fit into the lower back around waist level.

You may need to loosen a lever or knob at the base of the backrest. (if there is no knob or lever you must have a rachet style adjustment)

Look out for our next ‘focus on you’ subject; ‘Choosing positive lifestyle choices to potentially reduce the harmful effects of stress’

In the meantime, stay safe!

 

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