DTL (Develop Training Limited) – which has five training centres in England and Scotland – will provide electrical equipment training for more than 1,000 employees of the company, which is a leading supplier of heavy building materials to the construction industry, including aggregates and cement, and employs around 3,500 people in the UK.
DTL was approached to run the training through its partnership with Mentor – the UK’s leading provider of training in workplace transport, materials handling and mobile plant equipment – which has an existing relationship with Hanson UK.
The new contract comes after Hanson identified the need to enhance safe working practices on the repair, maintenance and management of high and low voltage electrical equipment. Around 1,100 people will take part in training from DTL, who will provide bespoke courses both at Hanson sites and its own sites, which include Derby, Swindon, Linlithgow, Bolton and York.
The rolling programme will run over 12 months with 19 courses varying from entry level – including circuit breakers, electrical re-setting, safe system function testing, light fitting, lamp training and safe isolation – to formal C&G qualifications including 17th edition wiring regulations, inspection and testing, explosive atmospheres (hazardous areas) and authorised person high voltage.
After its partner Mentor Training approached DTL to support the development of this major training programme, the company has worked in partnership with Mentor and Hanson to ensure the programme reflects industry best practice and that training is based on the kind of equipment typically used by Hanson. The training also covers the relevant compliance processes in operation at Hanson.
As part of the service, DTL is providing Mentor with its electronic training recording system, which automatically delivers recall reminders when refresher courses are required and allows Mentor to manage Hanson’s training needs accurately. It also provides site managers the visibility to monitor the levels of qualifications of individuals and identify those employees who need top up training. DTL has tailored the system to meet the specific requirements of Mentor and Hanson.
With DTL’s online platform, Profiler Live, the training provider manages assessments electronically with an e-portfolio system that removes the need for trainees to carry heavy paper portfolios, and enables trainers and management to track each trainee’s progress.