Earlier this month Laura Perry and I visited the Citrus plant training centre in Northampton.
Health and safety training company Citrus runs health and safety awareness CITB courses for us. These are part of supporting our workers: making sure their tickets are up to date, and helping people to develop their careers by upgrading their tickets to lifelong NVQ qualifications. People who are being promoted do IOSH, site management and site supervisor courses. We also do a lot of upskilling and cross-skilling to help people have continuity of work.
We have a strong relationship with the company, built up over the last six years. Our learners who have been on their courses give us very good feedback about the way the courses are run. The people who attend are willing to learn, and the trainers are approachable. Because of that combination, everyone who attends the training passes and gains the relevant qualification.
Most of the courses we’ve booked in the past few years have been for London-based people, and the training has been at the Citrus site in Brentwood. Where convenient, people have also attended courses at their other locations around the UK, but I have never been to them. So when Emma and Vicky invited us to see their plant training facility, Laura and I decided it would be a good idea to see what they could offer.
We watched while two delegates were being trained on various machines; we were very impressed with the facilities. They have the equipment to do courses in CPCS dumper, excavator, crane, forklift, slinger / signaller, crane supervisor and MEWP on the site. They conduct training courses we didn’t know about including confined spaces. As a result of our visit, we have booked a number of confined spaces and fire marshal courses.
I hope to attend the Safety & Health Expo in London Excel on 21-23 June. Citrus has a stand which will include a CPCS simulator and I hope to gain a better understanding of CPCS plant training and the experiences that a delegate has to go through in order to gain a card.
Anyone who works for VGC is eligible for training to develop their career. Talk to your supervisor. If you prove you are reliable, hard-working and committed to safe behaviour, your supervisor will always be willing to consider you for further training to develop your career.