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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


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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Proud to be part of Nebosh Learner Partner Programme – Gold status

It is a privilege to be accredited to deliver NEBOSH Qualifications and we take great pride in providing the highest quality training at Training Solutions (NI) Ltd.  NEBOSH has just launched their Learner Partner Programme and have contacted us today to confirm that we have obtained Gold Status!  Thank you so much NEBOSH!

You might ask, what does it take to be awarded Gold Status?

  • We need to ensure all learners understand what is expected of them and what they can expect from us as their learning provider.
  • We need to create a learning environment that is engaging and encourages interaction that is appropriate for the course and type of delivery
  • We need to provide accurate course materials and continually update and improve them.
  • We need to ensure tutors are qualified, knowledgeable, competent and engaging.
  • We need to provide our learners with feedback on their progress and provide appropriate support.
  • We need to review course delivery and learner feedback and action as necessary.

At Training Solutions (NI) Ltd., we consider our clients to be of the utmost importance.  It is our aim to provide them with the best learning experience possible, never to compromise on quality and to continually grow and improve.  If you haven’t had the Training Solutions experience, perhaps you will in the future.

We would love to hear from you!

Keep safe.


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Let’s talk risk assessment!

The Health and Safety Executive Guidance Document HSG65 applies the ‘Plan, Do, Check and Act’ approach to the management of occupational Health and Safety.  Risk assessment is the second step so, let’s take this step by step as per the guidance;

  • Plan – determining policy and planning for implementation
  • Do – Profile risks/Organise for health and safety and implement your plan.
  • Check – Measure performance – proactively and re-actively
  • Act – Review performance and act on lessons learned.

A risk assessment is a careful examination of anything in your workplace that could cause harm or ill-health.  The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 places a legal duty on employers to carry out suitable and sufficient risks assessments of reasonably foreseeable risks and to put in place controls to reduce the risk ‘so far as is reasonably practicable’  If the organisation has five or more employees the law dictates that risk assessments are written down, communicated to workforce and others who could be affected and that they are regularly reviewed.

Risk assessments do not need to be complicated, in fact they should be straightforward and easily understood by everyone.  And, everyone should be involved in the risk assessment process.  You might think you know the hazards associated with certain activities in your workplace, but the person who actually does the job may have a more comprehensive understanding and could highlight a hazard that might otherwise be overlooked.

So how are risk assessments carried out?  Quite simply, the HSE advise we use the five steps to risk assessment;

  • Identify the hazards
  • Estimate the risk
  • Evaluate the risk
  • Record your findings
  • Review your risk assessment regularly

Provision of information, instruction and training is mandatory for employers.  If your workforce fully understand the risk assessment process and have ownership through contributing their knowledge and experience to the process, then this can go a long way to improving the health and safety culture of your organisation.

The HSE defines what health and safety culture is; ‘The safety culture of an organisation is the product of individual and group values, attitudes, perceptions, competencies and patterns of behaviour that determine the commitment to, and the style and proficiency of, an organisation’s health and safety management.  Organisation with a positive safety culture are characterised by communications founded on mutual trust, by shared perceptions of the importance of safety and by confidence in the efficacy of preventive measures’

We at Training Solutions (NI) Ltd are passionate about health and safety.  We aim to play our role in delivering courses that really benefit the client and attendees and ultimately make the workplace a safer place.  If you would like us to educate and motivate your team to play their part in the risk assessment process, we will tailor a course to be relevant to your working environment, interactive and practical and enjoyable.  Staying safe and healthy for life – what could be better?

Search our site for suggested course content and see if we can help make your workplace safer?



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CSR is changing – here is what the CEF say…..

New Craft & Supervisor CSR Cards Require NVQ qualification from September 2019

From 1 September 2019 the Construction Skills Register (CSR) will remove all remaining occupational assessments, including supervisors. From this date all new blue and gold card applicants will be required to hold an NVQ Level 2 qualification (or higher) relevant to the card holder’s occupation. Health and safety training will continue to be required.

PLEASE NOTE THIS DOES NOT IMPACT RENEWALS. Current blue and gold card holders can continue to renew their cards by completing the relevant health and safety training upon expiry of their current card.

This new requirement continues the previously announced significant changes to CSR in 2019. The changes are being introduced to ensure CSR continues to meet the needs of the Northern Ireland construction industry and to enable continued mobility and acceptance of CSR cards throughout the UK, through compliance with the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLCs) One Industry Logo requirements.


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