Latest News From WAMITAB

8May2017

Parking Qualification Consultation

WAMITAB is now holding a consultation focusing on the review of the:

  • WAMITAB Level 2 Award for Parking Enforcement Officers
  • WAMITAB Level 3 Award in Notice Processing

We would be grateful if you would encourage all relevant Centre personnel to take part in the consultation as providers, and also promote completion of it by your learners and employers. This will provide valuable feedback that will ensure we continue to maintain professional standards for the industry. The consultation will be open until Friday 30 June 2017.

The consultation document can be downloaded here and we would like to reassure you that the feedback you provide will be confidential and only used in the review of our parking qualifications.

Please return this consultationby email via qualifications@wamitab.org.uk or by post addressed to Helen Kemp, WAMITAB, Peterbridge House, 3 The Lakes, Northampton, NN4 7HE.

21Mar2017

Assessor and IQA Bursary Opportunities

WAMITAB is a registered Charity and Awarding Organisation, offering qualifications in Waste and Resource Management, Cleaning and Street Scene, Facilities Management and Parking.  We quality assure the delivery of qualifications across over 80 national training providers, known as WAMITAB Approved Centres.

There is currently a shortage of qualified Assessors and Internal Quality Assurers (IQAs) to fulfil the educational needs of the Waste and Resource Management sector. We envision that the demand for Assessors and IQAs will increase with the changes in Apprenticeship delivery and assessment following the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and the move from frameworks to apprenticeship standards. To support our Centre Network, and plan for future developments, we have committed to provide a bursary opportunity to support interested parties to gain a TAQA qualification. The WAMITAB Bursary will cover training costs and provide hands-on training and delivery experience with one of our high quality Approved Centres.

There will be a total of 10 bursaries available – 5 for assessment personnel, and 5 for Internal Quality Assurance. Individuals must be able to commit to undertaking the qualification followed by a period of 18 months working as a self-employed WAMITAB Approved assessor/IQA.

To be eligible for this opportunity, individuals will be required to hold a Level 4 or above qualification in waste and resource management, and/or extensive experience of the sector at managerial level. Those wishing to seek a bursary for an IQA qualification must already have an appropriate Assessor qualification.

We are seeking candidates who are proactive, confident, trainable and well-organised.  DBS clearance will be required, which will be at the candidate’s own expense. At the end of the qualification, candidates will be expected to be self-employed, peripatetic assessors, or IQAs delivering WAMITAB qualifications either directly or via a WAMITAB Approved Centre.

As a WAMITAB Approved Assessor or IQA, candidates will:

  • Manage own workload and set own appointments, working via a WAMITAB Approved Centre
  • Understand and be competent to deliver a range of Level 1 to Level 4 Waste and Resource Management qualifications
  • Motivate and inspire your learners to complete their qualifications
  • Be comfortable attending meetings, reporting learner progress, and meeting deadlines
  • Be approachable, open and enthusiastic with strong customer service and organisational skills, with excellent attention to detail

Experience and qualifications necessary to be considered for an Assessor or IQA qualification bursary:

  • Level 4 or higher qualification relevant to the field OR
  • Extensive demonstrable experience of the sector in a senior managerial role
  • Confidence and competence to deliver mentoring and assessment to learners at all ages, from all educational backgrounds
  • Full driving license and access to a vehicle in order to travel
  • Additionally, IQA applicants must already hold a recognised Assessor or Teaching qualification, and have undertaken TAQA updating
  • Knowledge and/or experience of the WAMITAB qualification portfolio is desirable but not essential

Closing date is 5.00 pm on Friday 19 May 2017.

Interested candidates are invited to send a CV and a short covering letter to qualifications@wamitab.org.uk

Individuals will be short listed to attend a face to face interview during May/June – date to be finalised.

4Oct2016

WAMITAB announces changes to Board of Directors

WAMITAB (Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board) has today announced that long-standing Board members Roger Hewitt and Barry Dennis have stepped down from their roles as Chairman and Treasurer respectively and has paid tribute to the support they have given to the organisation over a number of years.

Chris James, CEO at WAMITAB, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank both Roger and Barry for their valuable support since I joined WAMITAB in 2012; and for helping to steer the organisation to its current position as a respected provider of vocational qualifications for the waste and resource management sector.”

WAMITAB is also pleased to announce the appointment of existing Board member Stuart Reynolds as the new Chairman and Steve Corne, who will take over the role of Honorary Treasurer. Trevor Nicoll, who has been a Board member since July 2015, will continue in his role.

Stuart Reynolds has a long track record in the waste and resource industry. He was formally Head of Compliance for Norfolk Environmental Waste Services Ltd and currently works as an independent consultant.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and has chaired special interest groups for the Institution. Steve Corne is a chartered accountant with Greenfinch Accountancy Services, who is also a Trustee of CIWM and has experience within the agricultural sector.

Talking about the new appointments, Chris James said: “We are delighted to welcome Stuart and Steve to the WAMITAB Board of Directors as Chairman and Honorary Treasurer respectively. As we enter a new era for both the industry and the world of education and skills, I am enthusiastic about what the future holds for our organisation, and look forward to continuing the good work.”

Outgoing chairman Roger Hewitt was a member of the original working party that established WAMITAB in 1989 and was one of its founder members, providing it with vital financial support in its early development and continuing to provide strategic leadership and direction to its management team.

Commenting on his time with WAMITAB, Roger Hewitt said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to have worked closely with WAMITAB and its management since its inception. I am immensely grateful to the late Lord Lewis, whose vision and wisdom helped set the course for the organisation’s future, and to Professor John Donaldson, who succeeded him as President.  I am confident that the Board and management team will continue firmly on that strategic path.”

Barry Dennis, who has worked in the sector for over 50 years, has held a number of senior positions within the Environmental Services Association in addition to being a Director and Honorary Treasurer of the Board of Directors of WAMITAB since 2003.

 “I am proud to have been part of the organisation that is strongly committed to skills development in the waste and resource management industry and to improving operating standards across the industry, reducing incidents and accidents, and promoting best practice,” said Barry.

In summary, Chris James added: “It is an interesting time for the sector; with the increased focus on the circular economy and the concept of reduce-reuse-recycle meaning that it has never been more important to keep skills current and relevant. WAMITAB is ideally placed to support individuals and employers to make the workplace safer, greener and more resource efficient.”

23May2016

Upcoming Changes to Continuing Competence (implemented 1 June 2016)

CIWM/WAMITAB are pleased to announce some changes to the Continuing Competence Scheme which will take effect from 1st June 2016:

  • New syllabus
  • New question bank
  • New price of £130
  • New fields to complete in the test booking process. You will now be asked:
    • To list your form of primary competence (e.g. WAMITAB 4/6/12 Unit certificate, COTC, EPOC certificate, deemed competent or agency assessed).
    • To enter your permit numbers (if applicable).
12Apr2016

Skills Development in Local Authorities: Launch of the LARAC Skills Protocol in partnership with WAMITAB and CIWM

LARAC have teamed up with WAMITAB and CIWM to deliver a comprehensive programme of waste and resource management skills, qualifications assessment  and training.  The package is designed to support the authorities to meet the ever increasing demands of the environmental agenda, through the continuous development...

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6Apr2016

WAMCAL delivers WAMITAB qualifications as part of a new prison scheme

WAMCAL, the WAMITAB approved centre, has experienced great success recently delivering WAMITAB qualifications as part of a new scheme aimed at getting prisoners in Scotland into employment upon release.

Find out more:

 

29Feb2016

Participate in the WAMITAB Customer and Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey 2016

We are taking this opportunity to review our performance over the last year by asking our customers and stakeholders to complete a short survey.  We are keen to learn more about what we do well and to identify where we can improve our performance so that we can continue to provide our centres and valued stakeholders with the care and support they have come to expect from WAMITAB over the years.

We would be grateful if you would take a few minutes to complete this short survey.  The feedback you provide will remain anonymous and the information you provide will inform our approach to customer service and support during 2016-2017.  Questions 1-5 should be completed by everyone, while questions 6-13 have been designed to seek the views of WAMITAB Approved Centre staff on specific topics.

 The survey will be live until 5.00pm on Friday 29 April 2016.  We thank you for your time and invite you to visit our website www.wamitab.org.uk at the end of May 2016 to access the final report.

Please click the link below to start the survey: https://www.quicksurveys.com/s/Cg4i6F

24Feb2016

Skills Funding Agency: Register of Training Organisations (ROTO) NEXT DEADLINE Wed 2 March 2016

The Register closes for applications at 5pm on Wednesday, 2 March 2016. This opening is not a refresh.

The register of training organisations is the Skills Funding Agency’s only market entry point for organisations that intend to:

  • deliver funded education and training services
  • deliver information, advice and guidance, which may include delivery for the National Careers Service
  • develop services (replacing the service developer framework)
  • operate in our supply chain as a subcontractor with an aggregated contract value of £100,000 or more (only for subcontractors delivering education and training services)

Organisations must complete the market entry pre-qualification process in order to enter the register, which is only open at select points during the year.

More information here https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/sfa-register-of-training-organisations

Read this for guidance on the process https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sfa-register-read-me-first-instruction-document

Act soon if you want to be included on the Register of Training Organisations.

9Feb2016

WAMITAB announces retirement of Ray Burberry after 21 years’ service

WAMITAB today announced the retirement of, Ray Burberry, effective 31 March 2016. Ray’s decision to retire brings to a close a career of over 20 years’ continuous service to WAMITAB and the industry.

Ray joined WAMITAB in July 1995 as Qualifications Manager, just six years after the organisation was established and has helped to set in place a range of well-respected industry qualifications as well as steering the well respected CIWM/WAMITAB Operator Competence Scheme and the Continuing Competence Test.

In his role as Qualifications Manager he has held responsibility for the delivery and quality assurance of qualifications offered by WAMITAB and acted as a vital liaison and link with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the Environment Agency (EA) in England; Natural Resources Wales (NRW); Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). Ray is well known and respected in the industry and has been a regular on the seminar and trade show circuit.

Chris James said: “Ray’s name is almost synonymous with WAMITAB, and it is with a sense of nostalgia that we will say farewell to him after he has served over 20 years with the organisation. During his time with WAMITAB, Ray has played an invaluable role in helping operators to understand technical competence and supporting the industry through numerous changes in legislation and regulations.”

Commenting on the announcement, Ray Burberry said: “It has been an interesting few decades; with change being a regular feature of both the qualifications and skills arena and the resource management world. It has been a pleasure working with colleagues within the organisation and with WAMITAB’s network of approved training providers and assessors, as well as with the industry regulators and the health and safety community. I am grateful for all the support over the years but I feel now is a good time to hand over the reins.”

Chris James went on to say: “There is no doubt that Ray’s experience will be missed but we have set in place a rigorous succession plan, which includes Katie Cockburn taking on the role of Qualifications Manager from 1 April 2016. We are confident that Katie, who joined the organisation in September 2010 as Qualifications and Development Officer, is well placed to take on Ray’s role as we continue to extend our reach into the total facilities management market.”

Katie will be heading up the qualifications team which has been strengthened over the previous year with the recruitment of Louise Wilson in October 2015 to support the roll out of new qualifications; and with Helen Kemp transferring from a project role to join Katie to support future programme development.

Chris continued: “This is an interesting time for those involved in the skills world as we grapple with reduced public funding, the introduction of an apprenticeship levy against a backdrop of increased regulations and targets for our core market in waste and resource management.  The current focus on the circular economy and sustainability provides some excellent market opportunities for WAMITAB.”

Further announcements will be made during 2016 to unveil WAMITAB’s plans for the future, including the launch of an Independent Assessment Organisation, and a range of new product developments.

1Feb2016

UKCES Employer Skills Survey 2015: UK Results

The Employer Skills Survey (ESS) 2015 of 91,000 provides a comprehensive picture of skills needs and training investment, including vacancies and skills shortages, employee skill gaps and the recruitment of education leavers and young people.It found:

  • 23% of vacancies went unfilled in 2015 because of skills shortages - a proportion that have not changes since 2013, despite a 42% growth in the number of vacancies in the UK overall.
  • 14% of employers reported that they have employees who do not have all the skills they need to do their job.
  • Over two-thirds of employers that had difficulty filling their vacancies soley as a result of skills shortages had experienced a direct financial impact through either loss of business to competitors or increase operating costs.

Find out more and download a copy of the report here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ukces-employer-skills-survey-2015-uk-report 

22Jan2016

Apprenticeship Levy - Participate in the Government Consultation...

The BIS Digital Apprenticeship Team are currently researching the apprenticeship levy to understand how employers would like to access their levy funds and pay it out to training providers. As well as talking to many employers directly, BIS have also released a survey, aimed at all employers who will be affected by the levy.

BIS would greatly appreciate your help in this research, and ask that you assist them by filling out a survey;

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/apprenticeshiplevyresearch.

The responses gathered from this survey will help BIS to design the service.

The deadline for completing the survey is Friday, the 5th of February.

20Jan2016

WISHNI Presentation of the 2016 Ambassador Awards and Health & Safety Seminar

WISHNI Ambassador Awards and Health & Safety Seminar – 10th March 2016

WISHNI invites you to the above event at Dunadry Hotel, Co. Antrim. An open invitation to this free event is extended to employers within the waste industry. Attendance will enable you to consider how health and safety can be improved within your business.

Early booking is recommended. To register for this event please send your contact details to events@hseni.gov.uk

16Nov2015

WAMITAB CPD Events 2015

WAMITAB would like to thank all those that were able to attend the WAMITAB CPD events held this year in Northampton, Pontefract, Swindon and Scotland. This years event focused on a range of topics, including:

  • The changing education sector
  • New products and services
  • Our participation in the European Erasmus project
  • The introduction of the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)
  • The introduction of Total Qualification Time (TQT)
  • Asbestos in the waste industry
  • Sentancing guidelines in the waste industry

All this information is now available to download in our secure area.

 

16Nov2015

CIWM Sustainability and Resource Awards: Waste and Resources Learning and Development Award

On Thursday 5 November 2015, the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) Sustainability and Resource Awards included a category for Waste and Resources Learning and Development for the first time.

This award was proudly sponsored by WAMITAB and awarded to Viridor - Ardley Energy Recovery Facility Visitor Centre [pictured above]. The award recognises the contribution the team has made to learning and development within the waste management sector.

The South West Regional Assessment Centre (part of the WAMITAB approved centre network and pictured below) won the highly commended in education and training award for their unit based approach to competence.

5Nov2015

SWITCH Forum Update

SWITCH (Scottish Waste Industry Training, Competency, Health & Safety) is a multi-partnership forum made up of organisations across all sectors within the resource management industry with two main areas of focus:

  • Health & Safety: Supporting continual improvement in health and safety; and
  • Education, Training & Competence: Creating training, learning and development opportunities.

The Forum aims to provide leadership by working collaboratively to raise standards of health and safety, training, learning and development, and technical competence. The Forum ultimately looks to promote the Scottish resource management industry as an attractive career choice.

A range of organisations make up the SWITCH Forum including representatives from private waste management companies, advisory bodies, local authorities, Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the Scottish Government and Zero Waste Scotland amongst others.

Getting involved with SWITCH gives you access to important sector specific information and allows your voice to be heard. Personal input from individuals in the resource management industry is vital for ensuring the success of the SWITCH Forum aims.

The key priorities for SWITCH over the next 18 months are:

  • Providing clarity on the aims, objectives and remit of the SWITCH Forum to increase awareness of SWITCH.
  • Promoting new and existing WISH Guidance
  • Promoting the education, training and competency priorities, including the launch of the new Competency Framework:
  • A focus on key priority areas including Reducing Fire Risk at Waste Management Sites, Occupational Health and Transport.

For more information, including how to become involved with SWITCH, to share your experiences of good practice or just to find out more please visit the SWITCH pages on the CIWM website or email switch@zerowastescotland.org.uk.

Related Resources:

22Oct2015

Breaking BBC News: Centres caught rigging construction safety exams

 

28Sep2015

Continuing Competence: Changes to selection screen and score report

CIWM and WAMITAB are pleased to announce some important changes to the Continuing Competence Scheme, which will take effect from September 2015.

As part of the continued development of the scheme, the selection screen has been amended so that the activity specific tests appear in alphabetical order.

The score report candidates receive after taking their test has also been revised to provide information about the revision guides and guidance on how the results are calculated. Click here to see an example.

10Sep2015

Participate in the WAMITAB Skills Survey 2015

 

We aim to ensure that our qualifications deliver the skills required in the workplace, and so it is useful to gather feedback on skills development from employers as well as providers and individuals. The annual survey is now in its third year and we use the information collected to inform the future development of qualifications and skills programmes.

We would be grateful if you would take a few minutes to complete this short survey.  We would like to reassure you that the feedback you provide will be anonymous; and will be used to compile a report on attitudes to skills in the sector.  The survey will also be available on our website and will be live until 5.00 pm on Monday 30 November 2015.

We thank you for your time and invite you to visit our website www.wamitab.org.uk at the end of 2015 to access the final report and to learn more about WAMITAB.

Click here to start the survey

4Sep2015

WAMITAB attending RWM 2015 (15-17 September)

(Hall 4, Stand: J44)

WAMITAB will be exhibiting at this year’s RWM show (NEC, 15-17 September 2015) offering practical support and advice about competence, qualifications and skills development. To find us download this floor plan.

We have been developing industry-relevant qualifications since 1989, and 25 years on, our primary focus is still on ensuring that these equip employees with the right skills for the roles and tasks they undertake and keep them safe and compliant with the latest legislation.

Our suite of regulated qualifications is designed for those working in the sector from operative to management level.  One of the features on our stand at RWM will be a technical advice service for companies and individuals who need guidance competency and the right qualifications to take or information about the status of the qualifications they already hold.

Visit us on the stand to learn more about how investing qualifications and skills can contribute to the success of your business. To avoid getting charged on the door, follow this link to pre-register for free.

For more information follow us on Twitter @WAMITAB or Facebook

1Sep2015

NetRegs Self-Assessment Tool for Northern Ireland: Now Available


The NetRegs self-assessment tool is now available from the NetRegs website.

The tool allows businesses in Northern Ireland to carry out a check-up on their environmental compliance.

The online tool is free to use and is completely anonymous. It is split into six sections, each covering different types of business activities. The sections all produce a short report which will highlight any areas that need improvement, and will provide you with links to the relevant NetRegs guidance.

You can use the self-assessment tool to demonstrate compliance with the main areas of regulation, or as a programme of environmental improvement for your business.

17Aug2015

The Waste Management Licensing (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015

The Waste Management Licensing (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015 came into force on 17 August 2015. These Regulations contain a number of changes designed to enable the Northern Ireland Environment Agency opportunities to specify Technical Competence requirements for wastes sites similar to those operating in England and Wales.

To achieve this, ‘Table 1’ of the Regulations has been amended to incorporate the types of activity undertaken on waste facilities and the WAMITAB Level 4 Operator Competence Certificate code to show which qualification (usually 12 units) or unit cluster (4 or 6 units depending on the activity) is required to demonstrate technical competence.

The Vocationally Related Qualification - Level 4 Certificate in Waste and Resource Management - is also included within ‘Table 1’ for Technically Competent Manager provision in a similar way to that for England and Wales.

Key points to note of the Northern Ireland 2015 Regulations are as follows:

(2) A person holding an existing Certificate of Technical Competence shall be required to acquire a relevant up-to-date qualification as detailed in Schedule 1 within 24 months of the date of operation of these Regulations.

(3) A person who has acquired technical competence must undertake an assessment every 24 months to ensure that that competence is kept up to date.

Schedule 1 - Regulation 3

2. Anyone carrying out an activity listed in the Table [‘Table 1’] must obtain a relevant [WAMITAB] Operator Competence Certificate except where that activity is being carried out by way (virtue) of an exemption from waste management licensing. In the event of a person carrying out activities without the appropriate level of qualification, that person will not be deemed to be a fit and proper person, which may result in that person’s application being refused or their Licence being revoked.

3. Where appropriate, the Department will recognise the [WAMITAB] Vocationally Related

Qualification (VRQ) “Level 4 Certificate in Waste and Resource Management” as demonstrating operator competence where that certificate has been obtained as part of the WAMITAB Operator Competence Scheme.”

Please note that this change only affects the Technical Competence provision in Northern Ireland.

To find out more: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/nisr/2015/301/regulation/1/made

12Aug2015

Recognition – Waste and Resources Learning and Development Award 2015

In 2015, for the first time, the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) Sustainability and Resource Awards will include a category for Waste and Resources Learning and Development.

WAMITAB is very proud to sponsor the award in this inaugural year, which has been introduced to recognise the contribution an individual or team has made to learning and development within the waste management sector.  This could be anyone who contributes to learning and development within an organisation, or who facilitates or delivers learning and development to many different audiences.

The closing date for entries is 31 August 2015, and application forms can be downloaded from www.ciwmawards.com

We urge our centres to enter. If you have delivered an interesting or unusual programme of learning in a waste management setting, why not consider submitting an entry for the Waste and Resources Learning and Development Award. It provides the perfect opportunity to showcase your work as a centre.

2Jul2015

Waste & Recycling Sector Sees Drop In Worker Fatalities

According to figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the waste and recycling sector has seen a drop in the number of recorded worker deaths in 2014/15, when compared with the previous year.

  • 5 fatal injuries to waste and recycling workers were recorded in this period. 
  • A significant drop when compared to the 10 deaths recorded in the sector for 2012/13.
  • However, another 6 fatalities occurred to members of the public as a direct result of waste and recycling activities.

Read the full article on the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) website: http://www.ciwm-journal.co.uk/archives/14217

25Jun2015

It's Recycling Week 2015...

Recycle Week this year is taking place from 22 – 28 June 2015. The theme is ‘recycling around the home’. The idea is to get us all thinking about all the items we can recycle from around the home that we might not previously have thought about recycling.

Here's some interesting waste facts published by Co-operative Food (2015):

  • If everyone in England recycled just one more aluminium can each week 45,994 tonnes would stay out of landfill.
  • If all cans in the UK were recycled, we would need 14 million fewer dustbins.
  • 70% less energy is required to recycle paper when compared to making it from raw materials.
  • A washing machine can be powered for 10 minutes with the energy saved by one recycled glass bottle.
2Jun2015

Help Shape the future of Operator Competence Qualifications – Attendance Limited, book now!

WAMITAB are offering a unique opportunity to employers, assessors and verifiers to become involved in the review of units from the Operator Competence Scheme at two development workshops in July.

As you will be aware, in the early part of 2015 we held an extensive consultation to seek industry views on the validity, currency and accessibility of the standards which form the basis of the Risk Tier Table and Operator Competence Scheme. The response to this consultation highlighted the need for less repetition, greater clarity and a focus on ensuring that standards are up to date with industry best practice and guidance.

Since the consultation, we have been reviewing and improving the language of these Level 4 units to make them more accessible and less repetitive. Now we are seeking views from users about the revised standards, and expert guidance on the technical content. We are holding two separate workshop events in July, with the opportunity to view and shape the units and qualifications which will replace the existing Risk Tier Table units from 1st January 2016.

The events will be held at the Sunley Management Centre, University of Northampton, Park Campus. There are spaces for 12 individuals on each date, and attendance will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis – with bookings being taken until 5th June 2015.  You will receive an event confirmation when you have been allocated a place.

Assessors and verifiers attending will be able to book the time as part of their annual CPD.

Please express your interest, including which date/s you would like to attend to: qualifications@wamitab.org.uk

Monday 13th July 2015, 10am – 3pm (lunch included): Treatment and Transfer Workshop 
Covering: Generic Units, New units, Transfer & Treatment (biological, thermal, physical & chemical)

Tuesday 14th July 2015, 10am -3pm (lunch included): Landfill & Generic Unit Workshop 
Covering: Generic Units, New units, Landfill (closed, aftercare, single waste stream & operational)

For further information, please contact katie.cockburn@wamitab.org.uk

2Jun2015

Pirelli Tyres sentenced after factory worker’s death

The Health and Safety Executive reports that the tyre manufacturer has been fined £150,000 after an employee died when he became trapped in an industrial autoclave for more than two hours.

George Falder was found dead at the factory on Dalston Road in Carlisle on 30 September 2012 in a machine used to heat parts of tyres to temperatures of up to 145 degrees Celsius.

Pirelli Tyres was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation found the company did not have a system in place to make sure the autoclave was checked before it was switched on.

Read the full article here: http://press.hse.gov.uk/2015/pirelli-tyres-sentenced-after-factory-workers-death/

27May2015

CIWM Sustainability and Resource Awards...

WAMITAB is very proud to sponsor the Waste and Resources Learning and Development award at this years CIWM Sustainability and Resource Awards. Find out more here: http://www.wamitab.org.uk/pg/ciwm-sustainability-and-resource-awards

26May2015

EU throws away 89m tonnes of food each year…

“Food waste is any waste raw, cooked edible and associated inedible material (e.g. bones, egg shells, fruit and vegetable peelings) generated during the preparation or consumption of meals.”

A recent article published in the Guardian found that the big supermarkets (Asda, Co-operative Food, M&S, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose) which account for 87% of the UK grocery market were responsible for the disposal of 200,000 tonnes of food in 2013, the equivalent of just 1.3% of all food waste in the UK in 2013.

Across the EU, the retail and wholesale sector accounts for 5% of total food waste arisings, while household food waste contributes the highest proportion.

Many argue that a significant proportion of food waste in the UK is cultural, caused by unrealistic used-by-dates or related to the fact that “supermarkets [and to a certain degree consumers] demand cosmetically perfect food.”

Read the full article here: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/22/uk-tops-chart-of-eu-food-waste

28Apr2015

News: Employer-led Skills Announcement welcomed by WAMITAB

WAMITAB CEO, Chris James, today hailed the announcement of a trailblazer for the waste sector, which is due to launch in September 2015.

“Whilst full details are still to be shared, we welcome the news that Viridor, FCC, Cory, Veolia and Grundon will be working together to develop a trailblazer apprenticeship for the waste sector.  It is critical that the industry gets behind the initiative to ensure that it is relevant, delivers what employers want and complies with the rigorous standards of the relevant government agencies.”

As part of the Trailblazer Apprenticeship scheme an employer-led assessment framework and process is developed but one of the key changes of the new style apprenticeship is requirement for a synoptic end-point assessment. No single party who has been involved in delivery can make the sole decision on competence so this should be undertaken by an independent assessment organisation.

Chris James announced the intention to launch the WAMITAB Independent Assessment Organisation, working with employers through its board of trustees, the technical advisory group (TAG) and stakeholder partners. These organisations will collaborate to provide independent assessment services for employers participating in the Trailblazer apprenticeships and quality assurance relating to other standards and frameworks.

WAMITAB will work with representatives from the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and the Environmental Services Association; TAG members including training providers and employers such as BIFFA and SITA as well as trade associations such as UROC, who represent over 350 independent operators. 

Chris James summed up: “WAMITAB is well-placed to reshape not just the apprenticeship but the wider skills frameworks for the sector. We have over 25 years’ experience of working at the heart of the industry, shaping and developing a competent workforce by close partnership working with employers; training providers and the relevant government agencies. This new service as an independent assessment organisation will provide a valuable bridge between the Trailblazer Apprenticeship, employers and the requirements of the Environment Agency.”

For more information call WAMITAB on 01604 231950, email info.admin@wamitab.org.uk or visit www.wamitab.org.uk @WAMITAB

9Apr2015

WAMITAB Customer and Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey 2015

 

We are taking this opportunity to review our performance over the last year by asking our customers and stakeholders to complete a short survey.  We are keen to learn more about what we do well and to identify where we can improve our performance so that we can continue to provide our centres and valued stakeholders with the care and support they have come to expect from WAMITAB over the years.

We would be grateful if you would take a few minutes to complete this short survey.  The feedback you provide will remain anonymous and the information you provide will inform our approach to customer service and support during 2015-2016.  Questions 1-6 and question 14 should be completed by everyone, while questions 7-13 have been designed to seek the views of WAMITAB Approved Centre staff on specific topics.

The survey will be live until 5.00pm on Friday 24 APRIL 2015.  We thank you for your time and invite you to visit our website www.wamitab.org.uk at the end of May 2015 to access the final report.

Please click the link below to start the survey: https://www.quicksurveys.com/s/Cw73Ms

21Apr2015

Smart Solutions Job Vacancy - NVQ Assessor

(Waste Management - Various)


Job Summary / Purpose: 

As an assessor you will be required to support learners working towards National Vocational Qualifications. You need to ensure that candidates meet the standards needed to achieve these qualifications. 

 Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Managing a caseload of learners who are working towards a qualification within the chosen NVQ programme.
  • Supporting the learner with guidance, delivery and assessment of the key units to achieve the qualification.
  • Identify skills that learners have and focus on areas that they need to improve.
  • To work alongside our IQA team supporting delivery of the qualification and assessing candidate’s knowledge and the associated paperwork against the agreed standards.
  • Preparing lesson plans and conducting monthly reviews with the learners.
  • Building a good relationship with the learners.
  • Motivating and monitoring team performance.
  • Assess learners out in the workplace in line with Awarding Body standards, giving constructive feedback to learners on your assessment decisions, and agree future targets.
  • You will have Responsibility of running your own diary.
  • To undertake administrative duties associated with the post including maintaining learner records and attendance at team meetings 

Requirements 

  • Experience of the Waste/Recycling industry essential.
  • A1 Assessors Award or TAQA (D32, D33 will also be considered) desirable.
  • PTLLS qualified or equivalent desirable.
  • Experience of assessing learners on NVQ programmes in a waste environment
  • Experience of providing training/coaching within the waste industry essential
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Strong, motivational, innovative and interpersonal skills
  • Initiative, drive and enthusiasm
  • Good planning and organisational skills
  • Good communication skills at all levels
  • The ability to work calmly under pressure

The ideal candidate will also have a full driving license and have access to their own transport to travel around sites within designated area

Salary between £23k and £27k depending on experience plus other benefits

For more information, please contact:

Andy Martin
Operations Manager
01633 415 639
07807 944 490
amartin@smartsolutions.co.uk
20Apr2015

Moulton College Job Vacancy - Management Centre Administrator

23Jan2015

Reusing and recycling waste materials could create 200,000 jobs

According to a recent report by WRAP and the Green Alliance (2015),  the circular economy could create over 200,000 gross jobs and reduce unemployment by about 54,000 by 2030.  It could also have the potential to offset around 7% of the expected decline in skilled employment to the year 2022.

This is because the circular economy has the potential to create new opportunities for economic growth by reducing the pressure on natural resources, positioning the UK to address emerging resource issues in the future (WRAP, 2013).

Read the full report here

See Infographic here

14Jan2015

Apprenticeship funding question remains unanswered...

Between March and May 2014, the Government held a consultation to explore the implementation of reforms to apprenticeship funding including two potential mechanisms for routing funding to employers: PAYE and the Apprenticeship Credit Model.

There were a total of 1459 responses to the consultation with employers’ accounting for over two-thirds of all responses.

According to the summary of responses two key areas of concern were raised:

“Firstly, despite the focus of the consultation being on implementation of the funding model, respondents were most interested in discussing their concerns about the overall funding principles, including employer cash co-investment. Views were broadly consistent with the response to the 2013 consultation. While many respondents supported the aim of raising the quality of apprenticeships, a significant number thought that the specific proposals could have a negative impact on employer participation in the programme.”

“Secondly, respondents also highlighted perceived issues with the two mechanisms proposed for routing funding to employers. Concerns widely raised in relation to both mechanisms included potential administrative burdens, negative impact on cash-flow and additional costs, especially for small employers. Respondents were keen that administrative burdens were minimised and there was support for thorough trialling of any funding model and mechanism to be taken forward.”

Read the full report here

Read FE World summary article here

10Dec2014

Quality Assurance and Standardisation Event for Parking Qualifications 03/12/14

WAMITAB has been offering qualifications for the parking profession since 1 January 2014 and on Wednesday 3 December 2014 WAMITAB hosted the first Quality Assurance and Standardisation Event in Northampton for existing and potential WAMITAB approved centres.

The event provided an excellent opportunity to introduce Peter Knott, the new External Quality Assurer to those involved in delivering the qualifications.  WAMITAB provided an update on the changes to the current framework for qualifications, which will be required as significant changes to the Qualification and Curriculum Framework are planned by Ofqual to take effect over the course of 2015. These changes allow WAMITAB to offer a new approach for one of the qualifications available for those working in the parking industry (more information below).

The event also offered some insight into the recent review of National Occupational Standards for the industry undertaken by The Building Futures Group who also provided some background to the new apprenticeship framework and trailblazer initiative in England.  Louis Ellis, the vice chair of the BPA Professional Development and Skills Board, gave a presentation on professionalising the sector.

Downloads:

19Nov2014

Purpose Statements/ Qualification Handbook Updates (November 2014)

Please note that the following changes have now been made:

Change from Qualification Summaries to Purpose Statements

The qualification summaires available from the WAMITAB website have now been replaced with purpose statements which provide greater detail about each qualification. The new details include:

  • Entry requirements
  • Relevant job roles
  • Opportunities for progression
  • General information (such as GLH, Credits, Ofqual Number, WAMITAB Code, Assessment and availability)

Qualification Handbook Update

During the next few months, we will be updating the qualification handbooks to a new format to provide greater information to learners (please note: use of this new handbook style is not mandatory). 

The following handbook have been updated:

  • All cleaning handbooks
  • All parking handbooks

Once a handbook has been updated, we will also display the WAMITAB qualification code on the secure area.

Please note: the handbooks for Level 4 statutory qualifications will be updated in late 2015 after the qualifications have been reviewed.

29Oct2014

Participate in the WAMITAB Level 4 Waste Qualification Review Consultation...

This consultation is designed to support the review of the units and qualifications which focus on the waste activities that form the Risk Tier Table. These activities include:

* Managing Civic Amenity Site
* Managing Closed Landfill Site
* Managing Landfill
* Managing Physical and Chemical Treatment
* Managing Thermal Treatment
* Managing Transfer
* Managing Treatment; Inert Waste
* Managing Biological Treatment

Follow this link to download the consultation documents.

We thank you for taking part in the consultation and for recognising the integral role that you play in maintaining professional standards for the industry.

Please return this consultation document by email via qualifications@wamitab.org.uk or by post addressed to Katie Cockburn, WAMITAB, Peterbridge House, 3 The Lakes, Northampton, NN4 7HE by Monday 2 February 2015.

23Oct2014

Reminder: Assessor/ Verifier CPD Forms due 28/02/15

Assessor/Verifier CPD forms for the year ending 31st December 2014 must be signed by the Centre Coordinator and EV, and returned to WAMITAB by 28th February 2015. 

In early March, Assessor/Verifier records will be reviewed and where CPD forms have not been received the Assessor/Verifier will be marked as inactive on the WAMITAB database.  As a result, the Assessor/Verifier will not have access to the website secure area until their 2014 CPD record is received and they are entered as active on the database again.

7Oct2014

Assessor & Verifier Forum Presentations Available to Download...

The WAMITAB Assessor/Verifier Forum took place last week. If you were unable to attend or would like digital copies of the presentations, please feel free to download the following:

(Please note: all these documents are also available in the website secure area, events category)

23Sep2014

Work based funding for qualifications available now through QSP

 

Work based funding qualifications available now!

Improve and recognise the skills of your workforce by enrolling them to undertake a work based qualification. Awards are able to be tailored to meet both staff and business needs. Delivered on the job in familiar surroundings by our friendly industry specific Assessors.

On achievement your staff will be issued with their relevant certificate plus their workbook which was used during the course of their program for reference.

We may be able to offer up to 100%* funding - find out which qualifications are eligible here.

To Acces this offer:

Contact: Sarah Fletcher

Email: s.fletcher@qsp.ltd.uk

Telephone: 01215 652277

Website: www.qsp.ltd.uk

17Sep2014

WAMITAB exhibits at this year’s RWM show (NEC, 16-18 September 2014)

WAMITAB is exhibiting at this year’s RWM show (NEC, 16-18 September 2014) offering practical support and advice about competence, qualifications and skills development.

We have been developing industry-relevant qualifications since 1989, and 25 years on, our primary focus is still on ensuring that these equip employees with the right skills for the roles and tasks they undertake and keep them safe and compliant with the latest legislation.

Our suite of regulated qualifications is designed for those working in the sector from operative to management level.  One of the features on our stand at RWM is a technical advice service for companies and individuals who need guidance competency and the right qualifications to take or information about the status of the qualifications they already hold.

In addition, we are using the RWM show to showcase our two latest products and services:

Accredit: a service that provides independent professional confirmation that a company’s training and development programme meets or exceeds WAMITAB minimum standards and will support learners’ professional development.

Validate: easy-to-use toolkit designed to assess employees who have developed the required skills and knowledge to perform their job to the correct standard.

Visit us on the stand to learn more about how investing qualifications and skills can contribute to the success of your business.

For more information follow us on Twitter @WAMITAB or Facebook

2Sep2014

Latest magazine articles from WAMITAB... (August 2014)

Cleaning Matters Blog - "Cleaning and the Circular Economy"

The focus in much of the trade press at the moment is on the Circular Economy; or how to do more with less, and ensure that less ends up in landfill...

Read the article here

Skip Hire Magazine - "Celebrating 25 years of developing qualifications"

We have been developing industry-relevant qualifications since 1989, equipping employees with the right skills for the roles and tasks they undertake and keeping them safe and compliant with the latest legislation...

Read the article here

7Aug2014

Latest magazine articles from WAMITAB... (July 2014)

Cleaning Matters Blog - "Waste means business"

We are currently preparing for the RWM exhibition (16-18 September 2014, NEC), which is a key event for those with responsibility for sourcing resource efficiency and waste management solutions....

Read the article here

Skip Hire Magazine - "Qualifying your workforce to meet your business needs"

Statistics compiled by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) last year show that the numbers of people being injured or killed in the workplace is falling. Their research showed there were 500 fatalities per 100,000 workers in 2013, plus 600,000 non-fatal accidents in 2012/13...

Read the article here

24Jul2014

Lord Lewis of Newnham, FRS, WAMITAB Chairman and President 2002-2014

It is with deep regret that the Board of Directors and Staff of WAMITAB heard of the passing of their President, Professor the Lord Lewis of Newnham, FRS, on the evening of 17 July 2014.

Jack Lewis graduated from the University of London in 1949 and went on to complete his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University of Nottingham.  He lectured at the University of Sheffield, Imperial College and the University College London and was appointed to his first Chair as Professor of Chemistry at the University of Manchester.  He was later appointed to Chairs at University College London and Cambridge.  He was the first Warden of Robinson College, the newest of the Cambridge colleges. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1973 and was President of the Royal Society of Chemistry (1986-1988). As his career progressed he became increasingly concerned with environmental pollution and served as chairman of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution and in 2002 was appointed as Chairman of WAMITAB succeeding to the role of President in 2005 where he remained until his sad passing. 

Roger Hewitt, WAMITAB Chairman commented: “Lord Lewis helped to guide WAMITAB with sound advice and comment over 12 years of the company’s development. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him”.

The funeral will be a private ceremony for the family to mourn their loss. There will be a Memorial Service for Professor the Lord Lewis at Robinson College Cambridge at a later date. Our thoughts and condolences are with the Lewis family at this difficult time.

15Jul2014

Moulton College Job Vacancy - Team Administrator

Moulton College are looking to recruit a Team Administrator to provide a first class administrative service based at the College’s Management Centre and corporate training facility. Based just outside Moulton village (Gate 4), this role supports their corporate training provision including market leading Waste Management courses.

To find out more about this role click here...

8Jul2014

Waste'14 Presentation: Qualifying your workforce to meet business needs

Earlier this month, Mark Hyde attended Waste'14, the waste and skip trade exhibition. His presentation, Qualifying your workforce to meet business needswas well recieved and focused on the qualifications and assessment programmes available through WAMITAB to support career progression.

Click here to download the presentation...

7Jul2014

ADBA 2014 Presentation: Training for Operating AD Plants - Demonstrating Technical Competence

Earlier this month, Ray Burberry attended the UK AD and Biogas 2014 exhibition, the platform for the AD and Biogas industry to do business. His presentation, Training for Operating AD Plants - Demonstrating Technical Competence, was well recieved and focused on the importance of training staff so they are competent to operate AD Plants effectively and safely.

Click here to download the presentation...

17Jun2014

Passing on the message about food waste...

WAMITAB staff recently participated in a Love Food Hate Waste training session designed to raise awareness of the issues surrounding food and drink waste across the UK and how we can reduce our food waste in the future. Here are a few things that we learnt...

What is Love Food Hate Waste?

Love Food Hate Waste is a programme developed by WRAP, a not-for-profit organisation, designed to raise awareness of the need to reduce food waste and help us take action.

What is food waste?

Food waste is any waste raw, cooked edible and associated inedible material (e.g. bones, egg shells, fruit and vegetable peelings) leftover after the preparation or consumption of meals.

What impact does food waste have on us?

  • 15 million tonnes of food and drink are wasted across the UK every year
  • 7 million tonnes of this food and drink waste is produced by households
  • This food waste costs the average household £470 per year
  • Producing, storing and transporting food to us uses the equivalent of 17 million tonnes of CO2 per year.

Why should we reduce our food waste?

  • Saves money
  • Helps the environment
  • Supports local communities
  • Feel good factor

How can we reduce our food waste?

Plan your meals - Writing a shopping list can really save you money! Take some time to decide on your meals for the next week and buy specific ingredients with meals in mind. Remember to check whether you’ve already got something, rather than buying out of habit.

Portion your food – making sure that you cook the right amount of food ensures you get the most of the food you buy. Try weighing food out or measuring it in a cup.

Freeze it! - We were all really surprised to learn that you can freeze anything (e.g. milk in ice cube trays, yogurt, egg whites and yolks) and there is no limit on how long you can store frozen food! Just remember that while you could freeze your chicken for the next 10 years it is unlikely to taste as good after all that time.

28May2014

British Parking Association-WAMITAB parking qualifications showcased at Parkex 2014

London’s Olympia will be the venue for a global gathering of parking professionals and related service providers next month, as Parkex 2014, a British Parking Association (BPA) event, takes place from 10-11 June. WAMITAB will be sharing stand B52 with the BPA to showcase its dedicated qualifications for the UK parking industry.

In 2013, WAMITAB and the BPA signed a partnership agreement to ensure that professionalism continues to be enhanced and supported by the provision of regulated, quality-driven, occupationally-led qualifications for the parking profession. WAMITAB was selected to support the BPA as it is the leading awarding organisation specialising in total facilities management, with an excellent track record spanning 25 years.

The qualifications, which are recommended by the BPA and currently available through three WAMITAB-approved centres – NSL Services; Parking Associates and Pass Training Consultancy, are:

  • WAMITAB Level Two Award for Parking Enforcement Officers (QCF) (Ofqual qualification number: 601/1781/3) – this qualification has pathways covering a full range of operational parking enforcement roles on both regulated and unregulated land as well as options covering the different legal frameworks across the four UK nations
  • WAMITAB Level Three Award in Notice Processing (QCF) (Ofqual qualification number: 601/1941/X) – this qualification provides essential training for office-based, information management and administrative roles

The three centres can tailor assessment plans to the needs of individual candidates and employers, making them extremely flexible. Members of the WAMITAB team will be available on the stand throughout the show to answers any questions about the qualifications, and explain the centre-approval process.

A first for this year’s event is the Parkex Hub, where visitors will be able to see presentations from leading industry figures, and participate in discussions on important issues facing the parking sector, for free. Co-developed by the BPA and the Association for Town and City Management, the theme will be ‘Future Proofing Parking’. Chris James, CEO of WAMITAB, will be taking part in ‘A professional future’ – sessions, run on both days of the show, which will discuss how professionalism in parking can be achieved.

“Parkex is Europe’s largest dedicated parking exhibition and WAMITAB is proud to be sharing a stand with the BPA at this prestigious event,” said Chris James. “As well as featuring leading suppliers of products and services such as access control, software, enforcement and refurbishment; the Parkex Hub will provide a valuable source of information about legislation and trends affecting the parking industry. The BPA-WAMITAB qualifications will play a part in increasing professionalism within the sector, having been Ofqual-approved and stringently reviewed to ensure that they are fit-for-purpose and incorporate the latest regulations, operating principles and sector guidance.”

For more information click here. Alternatively, call WAMITAB on 01604 231950, email info.admin@wamitab.org.uk or visit www.wamitab.org.uk @WAMITAB 

27May2014

Its one week until VQ Day!

VQ Day will take place on 4 June 2014. It aims to “celebrate vocational achievement and the benefits of practical, technical and vocational learning” (The Edge Foundation, 2014). For those unfamiliar with the term, a ‘vocational qualification’ is designed to prepare learners to work in a specific trade, profession or industry. According to the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB), vocational qualifications can include:

* Professional body qualifications
* A licence to practice
* Qualifications that demonstrate competence in a particular job role
* An introduction to an industry/ the development of employability skills

The vocational qualifications offered by WAMITAB are vital for the UK economy by providing employers with a skilled, competent workforce able to support their business activities in the cleaning, street cleaning, facilities management, resource management, recycling and parking sectors.

We support VQ Day because we agree that everyone that achieves a vocational qualification deserves the same level of recognition that individuals who achieve academic qualifications receive.

Why not celebrate the achievement of your WAMITAB VQ and join the VQ Roll Call? Click here for more information.

23May2014

WAMITAB Case Study by Ceris Burns International PR

Check out this Great Case Study by Ceris Burns International PR - the WAMITAB Skills Village was a real success last year & received excellent coverage thanks to all their hard work!

Find out further information about the services they provide here.

15May2014

The power of PR - special offer for WAMITAB approved centres

Want to raise your organisation’s profile and bring in more business? PR – or public relations ­– is a great way to do this, and WAMITAB-approved centres can now take advantage of an exclusive, bespoke package.

Ceris Burns International (CBI PR), the PR agency for WAMITAB, has created a special deal for WAMITAB-approved centres, to help establish them as leaders in the field of qualifications and training for the waste management and recycling sector. This exclusive package – called a PR Blast Campaign – allows you to focus on your particular target audience or objective and to trial PR without the need to commit to a long-term campaign. Campaign activity – including press releases and feature articles – is undertaken over a two-month period, but could result in up to five months of on-going coverage.

Chris James, CEO of WAMITAB, said: “Ceris Burns International’s expertise, skills and contacts are tailor-made for the markets that WAMITAB wants to reach. The coverage they have achieved for us has been consistently excellent, helping us to develop our client base and raise awareness of the valuable services we offer. They provide a professional, no-nonsense, proactive service which achieves real results, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone who wants to enhance their profile and increase their business in the cleaning, FM or recycling and waste management industries.”

CBI started working with WAMITAB in June 2013, providing a full press relations service including writing and issuing news releases, and securing and writing authoritative, feature-length thought leadership articles - achieving valuable free coverage in industry-leading publications. Highlights have been:

  • Press support for RWM 2013 – Excellent coverage for WAMITAB’s Skills Village, an industry first, was achieved across the target sectors of recycling and waste management, FM and cleaning
  • High profile features – Full-page articles published in key titles such as MRW, CIWM, Tomorrow’s FM and Recycling and Waste World on subjects including health and safety and the value of apprenticeships, have established WAMITAB as a trusted, authoritative voice for the industry
  • Skills Survey results – News release positioned WAMITAB as an industry leader on qualifications by asking companies involved in the recycling and waste management industry for their thoughts on work-based learning and assessment. The story was picked up by a number of titles across the target sectors, and it made the top spot on FM World’s daily news

In eight months, the campaign has generated an equivalent advertising rate of £21,620 and reached a total audience of 857,114.

For more information about this bespoke offer – exclusive to WAMITAB-approved centres – call CBI PR on 01825 714329 or email info@cbipr.com – and read about  our services and testimonials from clients at www.cbipr.com

10Apr2014

Press Release: WAMITAB launches ‘Validate’...

New work-based programme supports employers by assessing workplace competence

Validate is a brand new service from WAMITAB, specifically designed to assess employees who have developed sufficient knowledge and skills to perform their job to the correct standard. Officially launching on 1st May, Validate is a modular programme that assesses the competence of operatives in the workplace.

With a strong focus on health and safety compliance, this on-the-job assessment complements and supports in-house training and relevant work experience. It can be delivered by WAMITAB-approved centres, or employers themselves. Over 25 activities* for assessment feature in the programme, with module categories covering:

  • Waste and recycling collection
  • Street cleansing
  • Vehicles/machinery
  • General

This flexible programme allows learners and their employers to select modules that are most relevant to their job role. Up to five modules can be listed on each Validate certificate.

Chris James, CEO of WAMITAB, said: “This adaptable and innovative new programme gives employers more control over the timing and choice of competencies for assessment, making it an attractive proposition that delivers the flexibility and cost-effectiveness 21st century businesses need. By incorporating Validate into in-house development programmes, the recognition and reward element can also help with the recruitment and retention of high-quality employees.

“The ethos behind Validate is to deliver an employer-responsive programme that not only assesses competency and compliance, but also does it in a way that fits in with the lifestyle of the employee, and the work schedules of the organisation itself. The activities that can be assessed cover an extensive range of tasks, and WAMITAB plans to add even more as the programme progresses.”

For more information call WAMITAB on 01604 231950, email info.admin@wamitab.org.uk or visit www.wamitab.org.uk @WAMITAB

26Mar2014

The Skills Funding Agency Business Rules

The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) are responsible for determining which qualifications are publicly funded for learners aged 19 plus. The SFA want to make sure that qualifications which are publicly funded are valued by employers, training providers and professional/trade bodies.

To achieve this, the SFA published new Technical Guidance outlining how qualifications will be funded from 1st February 2014. Within this document they state that “we wish to fund only those qualifications which have high demand from employers and individuals, and support meaningful outcomes in terms of progression to and through work.”

As a result, only certain types of qualifications will receive automatic approval for funding because they support Government policy, while qualifications that are not automatically approved must demonstrate they are relevant to the needs of employers and learners by meeting the requirements of the new business rules.

The new business rules

All qualifications must meet three business rules set out by the SFA to gain approval for funding, including:

Size

  • Qualifications at entry to level 1 must be at least 6 credits.
  • Qualifications at level 2 or above must be at least 15 credits.
  • Exceptions: some vocational qualifications at Level 2-4 with less than 15 credits are recognised to be of value to employers and/or are specialist. These will also be considered by the SFA.

Purpose

  • A qualification must have a clear statement of purpose to help learners make an informed decision about which qualification to take.
  • This information should clearly state where a qualification can lead a learner - for example, work in a particular occupation or progression into further education.

Recognition

  • Awarding organisations must submit letters for appropriate organisations to demonstrate support for a qualification.
  • All new qualification will need to meet this rule from 1st February 2014.
  • Qualifications already approved for funding in 13/14 will need recognition by 1st November 2014.

Please note: this update refers to the funding of qualifications through the Adult Skills Budget only (does not include apprenticeships).

19Mar2014

Promoting Parking Qualifications

WAMITAB are working hard to promote the two new professional parking qualifications developed in partnership with the British Parking Association (BPA). These qualifications are industry-approved and government-regulated by Ofqual:

  • WAMITAB Level 2 Award for Parking Enforcement Officers – a qualification that has a specific focus on conflict management
  • WAMITAB Level 3 Award in Notice Processing – a qualification that provides essential training for office-based, information management and administrative roles

Delegates that recently attended the Higher Education SIG Group Meeting and the Local Authority SIG Group Meeting in Lincoln were really positive about the introduction of these new qualifications.

Existing centres are encouraged to consider how they can become involved in delivering these qualifications (subject to the standard assessor/ verifier criteria). To find out more email mark.hyde@wamitab.org.uk or Sharon.simpson@wamitab.org.uk

18Mar2014

New Continuing Competence Syllabus Now Available for Question Bank Update in April 2014

On Monday 7th April 2014 the new Continuing Competence Question Bank based on an updated syllabus will start to be used by Pearson VUE test centres across the UK. To give all centres time to prepare for this change, the new syllabus is now available from our website:

We are also pleased to announce that a Syllabus has been developed for Land Spreading and this can be found on the Activity Specific Test page.

17Mar2014

WAMITAB Qualification Information Updated for 2014/15

WAMITAB is pleased to announce that we have just completed a review and update of all our qualification summaries. Check out the new qualification information on the following web pages:

3Mar2014

National Apprenticeship Week (3-7 March): What does WAMITAB offer?

Apprenticeships are nationally recognised, work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers to facilitate the development of practical, job specific skills by allowing inexperienced individuals to work alongside more experienced staff.

Statistics released by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (2013) indicate that in 2011/12 Apprenticeships starts increased by 13.9% compared to the previous year.

This increase can be attributed to the Government as they continue to place emphasis on using Apprenticeships to combat unemployment and boost the UK’s ability to compete in global markets.

By completing an apprenticeship, individuals gain a qualification that is valued by employers and enhances their prospects for career progression in the future.

According to the National Apprenticeship Service (2013), an apprenticeship can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of the Apprenticeship, the individuals’ ability and the industry in which they are based.

Due to the time it takes to complete an apprenticeship, individuals have the opportunity to earn a wage (the minimum salary is £2.68 per hour), while working to gain job-specific skills. Employers therefore use apprenticeships to train both new and existing employees who are moving into a new or changed job role and need to learn new skills.

The National Apprenticeship Service (2013) reports that the majority of apprentices (85%) stay in employment after completing their Apprenticeships, while a third (32%) of all former apprentices received a promotion within 12 months of completing their training.

WAMITAB is pleased to offer a range of apprenticeships suitable for organisations in the sustainable resource management, facilities management and cleaning industries, including:

  • Level 2 Apprenticeship in Cleaning Services
  • Level 2 Apprenticeship in Local Environmental Services
  • Level 2 Apprenticeship in Facilities Services
  • Level 2 Apprenticeship in Sustainable Resource Management
  • Level 3 Apprenticeship in Facilities Management
  • Level 3 Apprenticeship in Sustainable Resource Management

These apprenticeships are being utilised by employers working in these industries to cope with the challenges associated with an aging workforce and to boost productivity during this period of economic recovery.

For more information visit:

27Feb2014

Coming soon...

Validate is a new work-based assessment programme that has been developed by WAMITAB.  The current suite of competence assessment modules cover: waste/recycle collection, street cleansing and driving/operation of vehicles and equipment and there are plans to expand the coverage over time. 

The assessment model is designed for use in-house by qualified assessors or by training providers and is ideal for companies looking for a cost-effective way to confirm staff competency on a task-by-task basis.

The programme is now in the pilot phase and will be launched formally on Thursday 1 May 2014 in Central Birmingham. 

If you would like to register to receive further information about Validate and the launch event, then please email helen.kemp@wamitab.org.uk and watch out for further information on our website.

24Feb2014

The WAMITAB Skills Village is a finalist at the Tomorrows Cleaning Awards this year! Show your support and vote...

The WAMITAB Skills Village, the first initiative of its kind which was staged recently at the RWM event, brought together leading experts in training, consultancy and qualifications to offer guidance on a broad skills-related agenda.

Skills and training didn't play a significant part at last year's RWM show, but it's a crucial issue that underpins activitiy in the waste and resource management, recycling, cleaning and facilities management industries. The Skills Village is an independent forum where people can access a whole raft of advice and guidance.

To vote for the WAMITAB Skills Village in the Tomorrows Cleaning Awards click here

21Feb2014

Industry desire for on-line learning and short courses identified in WAMITAB customer and stakeholder survey

Employers need learning and qualification routes that are flexible and accessible – with a preference for web-based modules and shorter courses. That’s the main message to emerge from WAMITAB’s annual customer and stakeholder satisfaction survey.

The principal findings were:

  • A significant proportion of respondents would like to see WAMITAB develop online learning (33%), while a further 20% of respondents thought that WAMITAB should develop short courses
  • 76% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that WAMITAB is the brand of choice for all waste qualifications – an increase of 7% on last year
  • 71% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that they would use WAMITAB for qualifications other than waste management

Customers and stakeholders were also asked to rate WAMITAB in terms of the quality of its customer services, qualifications and website, with overwhelmingly positive responses.

Chris James, CEO of WAMITAB, said: “The desire for more online learning is a trend we have seen developing over the last year or so. It has many benefits for both employers and employees, as it allows learning to take place wherever and whenever is convenient, enabling learners to ‘tailor’ their training in terms of fitting in with their personal and professional lives. It also saves money for employers, as there are none of the costs associated with residential courses, such as transport and accommodation.

“Shorter courses enable learning to be broken down into manageable chunks, and offer the chance for a swifter progression in terms of qualifications achieved, which is highly motivating for the learner.

“It’s gratifying that WAMITAB scored so highly in terms of being the brand of choice for waste qualifications, but it is also encouraging to see such a significant proportion of respondents indicate that they would use us for other qualifications too. The convergence of the cleaning, FM, recycling and waste management industries is something we have been watching closely, and we are continuing to expand our qualifications offer to cover these complementary sectors, which are increasingly working closer together.

“We value feedback from our customers and stakeholders highly, as it helps us to review our performance and ensure that we continue to provide them with the care and support they have come to expect from us. WAMITAB are committed to working closely with industry sectors to develop the qualifications, skills and competency frameworks that will deliver the results they require.”

21Feb2014

Three centres sign up to offer the new British Parking Association-WAMITAB parking qualifications

The first three training centres to offer the newly-created British Parking Association (BPA)-WAMITAB qualifications have been confirmed. These qualifications are now available for uptake by the sector through NSL Services; Parking Associates; and Pass Training Consultancy.

In 2013, WAMITAB and the BPA signed a partnership agreement to ensure that professionalism continues to be enhanced and supported by the provision of regulated, quality-driven, occupationally-led qualifications for the parking profession in the UK.  WAMITAB was selected to support the BPA as it is the leading awarding organisation specialising in total facilities management with an excellent track record spanning 25 years.

The new qualifications for the parking profession, awarded by WAMITAB and operated in partnership with the BPA, were approved by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) for delivery from 1st January 2014. The qualifications have undergone a detailed review of the units to ensure that they meet the requirements of the current legislation and reflect the latest operating standards within the profession.

The review of the qualifications was undertaken in conjunction with Asset Skills Sector Skills Council, the BPA and parking employers to ensure that they are fit-for-purpose and incorporate the latest regulations, operating principles and sector guidance. The following qualifications are recommended by the BPA and are currently available through NSL Services; Parking Associates and Pass Training Consultancy:

  • WAMITAB Level Two Award for Parking Enforcement Officers (QCF) (Ofqual qualification number: 601/1781/3) – this qualification has pathways covering a full range of operational parking enforcement roles on both regulated and unregulated land as well as options covering the different legal frameworks across the four UK nations
  • WAMITAB Level Three Award in Notice Processing (QCF) (Ofqual qualification number: 601/1941/X) – this qualification provides essential training for office-based, information management and administrative roles

Chris James, CEO of WAMITAB, said: “WAMITAB is delighted to welcome these three centres on board. They all have valuable experience in both public and private sector training provision, and I am looking forward to working with them as take-up for the qualifications gains momentum. ”

13Feb2014

Skills Development: the benefits of a well-trained workforce

Investing in workforce skills and competence should be a win-win situation, not only helping to reduce risks or liabilities but in raising job awareness, increasing self-esteem and improving the quality of service provided by staff.

In tough economic times, research shows that updating the skills of staff or retraining them to undertake new areas of activity improves an organisation's productivity, profitability and ability to adapt to change.  According to the Office for national Statistics (2011), the knowledge and skills of workers in the UK were worth an estimated £17.12 trillion in 2010, suggesting that organisations which do not train their staff are more likely to go out of business than those willing to invest in training.

As an awarding body, WAMITAB offers a wide range of qualifications for the waste, recycling, resource management, facilities management and cleaning industries in the public, private and voluntary sectors. These include certificates and diplomas based on national occupational standards, apprenticeships, bespoke programmes focusing on specific skills gaps, online learning or the accreditation of in-house training programmes. Our products address the skills and competence needs of people at operative, supervisory and managerial levels in any organisation.

Please call WAMITAB on 01604 231950 or email info.admin@wamitab.org.uk to discuss your training needs – we will have a solution. 

31Jan2014

UKCES Employer Skills Survey Results: UK Skills Shortages could affect economic recovery

A recent survey of 91,000 employers found they will not be able to make the most of the recovery because they are unable to find candidates with the right skills. The research found there is particular demand amongst employers for candidates with core generic skills, such as communication, literacy and numeracy.

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) found that 146,200 job vacancies (22%) last year were unfilled because of inadequate skills, compared with 91,400 (16%) two years earlier.

UKCES suggests that the problem of inadequate skills, qualifications or experience is hitting some industries harder than others. To overcome these challenges, some employers have started to recruit people with higher levels of skills and knowledge than were required for the job.

Douglas McCormick, a commissioner at UKCES, said “whilst the rise in the number of vacancies is a good sign that the economy is recovering, there’s a real possibility that businesses might not be able to make the most of the upturn because they don’t have the right people.”

Sources

BBC (2014) Warning of worsening in UK skills shortage http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-25945413

Guardian (2014) Skills shortage ‘will hit recovery’ http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/jan/30/skills-shortage-economic-recovery-job-vacancies

UKCES (2014) Employer Skills Survey 2013 http://storify.com/ukces/employer-skills-survey-2013/

21Jan2014

WAMITAB Skills Survey gives snapshot of employers’ views on workplace skills development

"Commitment to training and green issues high on the agenda" 

WAMITAB – the leading awarding organisation for qualifications in the waste and resource management, cleaning, street cleansing, facilities management and parking industries – has released details of its first ever Skills Survey.

Launched at the RWM exhibition in autumn last year, the survey invited employers to contribute their feedback on the importance of training and workplace skills development, both at the exhibition and online.

The main results of the survey were:

  • 81% of respondents stated that green issues are very important to their business
  • 76% of respondents had invested in training in the last 12 months
  • 72% of respondents planned to invest in training in the next six months
  • The most popular forms of training were short courses and technical qualifications
  • The greatest motivators to invest in training were to develop staff and address the skills gap
  • Cost and lack of time were identified as the biggest barriers to investment in training

Mark Hyde, commercial director for WAMITAB, said: “We are greatly encouraged by the response to the WAMITAB Skills Survey. The importance that companies place on qualifications and training was highlighted by the fact that the majority of participants revealed that their organisations had invested in this in the past year, and intended to do more in 2014.

“Respondents also told us that they preferred a combination of training styles including classroom-based, distance and online learning. Flexible options are important to organisations and their staff, as it breaks down barriers to learning, making the improvement of skills accessible and achievable for all.

“This feedback will help WAMITAB and its partners to continue developing relevant qualifications and training programmes that deliver the results that employers and their employees want.”

To read paper click here.

14Jan2014

Take part in the WAMITAB Customer & Stakeholder Survey Today!

Welcome to the annual WAMITAB Customer and Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey 2014

We are taking this opportunity to review our performance over the last year by asking our customers and stakeholders to complete a short survey.  We are keen to learn more about what we do well and to identify where we can improve our performance so that we can continue to provide our centres and valued stakeholders with the care and support they have come to expect from WAMITAB over the years.

We would be grateful if you would take a few minutes to complete this short survey.  We would like to reassure you that the feedback you provide will be anonymous, but will be useful to inform our approach to customer service and support during 2014-15.

Questions 1-6 should be completed by everyone, while questions 7-12 have been designed to seek the views of WAMITAB Approved Centre staff on specific topics.

Please click the link below to start the survey:

https://www.quicksurveys.com/s/r9B7XdL

The survey will be live until 5.00pm on Tuesday 28th January 2014.

We thank you for your time and invite you to visit our website www.wamitab.org.uk at the end of March 2014 to access the final report.

12Dec2013

Press Release: BPA & WAMITAB work together to deliver sector specific qualifications

The British Parking Association (BPA) and WAMITAB have recently signed a partnership agreement to ensure that professionalism in the UK parking sector continues to be enhanced and supported by the provision of regulated, quality-driven, occupationally-led qualifications.

WAMITAB, which has 25 years’ experience in the provision of government-regulated qualifications and licences to practise, with a history of working with departments such as Defra and the devolved governments, is now the awarding organisation partner for the BPA. From 1st January 2014, approved training centres will be able to offer relevant parking qualifications to the parking profession.

Two professional parking qualifications, which are industry-approved and government-regulated by Ofqual, have been developed initially:

  • Level Two Award for Parking Enforcement Officers – a qualification that has a specific focus on conflict management
  • Level Three Award for Notice Processors – a qualification that provides essential training for office-based, information management and administrative roles

As the partnership progresses, the development of other qualifications, accreditations and learning programmes, including online provision, will also be considered.

Chris James, CEO of WAMITAB, said: “WAMITAB recognises that working with the BPA offers a great opportunity to serve an increasingly important business sector. There is a clear convergence between the content of WAMITAB’s current qualifications and the parking profession in terms of conflict management, customer care, health and safety, management and leadership, together with soft skills such as literacy, numeracy and communication skills. In addition, there is a common requirement to meet the needs of the built environment and facilities management in areas such as pollution control and congestion management.”

Patrick Troy, Chief Executive of the BPA, added: “WAMITAB has the expertise to be our awarding organisation partner because for many years it has been developing qualifications for sectors that share the same challenges as the parking profession. The BPA, its membership and the parking profession can benefit greatly from WAMITAB’s experience and, in turn, we are looking forward to sharing our sector specific knowledge with WAMITAB.

“Making parking a recognised profession is a core objective of the BPA’s new five-year strategy, and the partnership with WAMITAB will help us to achieve this important goal.”

For more information call WAMITAB on 01604 231950, email info.admin@wamitab.org.uk, visit www.wamitab.org.uk or check out our Twitter feed @WAMITAB 

12Dec2013

Press Release: Countdown to Continuing Competence deadline

(Applicable to those who achieved their Continuing Competence Certificate between 1 March 2009 and 29 February 2012)

Earlier this year, CIWM (the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management) and WAMITAB announced an important change to the Continuing Competence Scheme, which will take effect from 1 March 2014. Under the new guidelines, certificates issued after that date will be ‘date stamped’ with an expiry date effective from the second anniversary of achievement. The replacement of the current fixed two-year period with the new rolling programme will make the scheme much more flexible and accessible, allowing individuals and organisations to monitor the currency of their technical competency and easily track when their next test is due.

Those who achieved their Continuing Competence Certificate between 1 March 2009 and 29 February 2012 now need to book their tests as soon as possible as they must have successfully achieved the test by Friday 28 February 2014 in order to retain a valid competency status.  From November 2013 those obtaining their certificates saw a change in the way the renewal timescale is specified. The new style certificates clearly show a specific date by which a new certificate must be obtained. In order that no candidate is disadvantaged during the transition period, anyone completing the test in the period up to 28 February 2014 will receive a certificate with an expiry date of 29 February 2016. 

It is important to note that anyone who does not have a valid Continuing Competence certificate is non-compliant with the CIWM/WAMITAB Operator Competence Scheme and could therefore not be considered by the regulators to be part of the technically competent management for a permitted facility in England or Wales.

Chris James, CEO, WAMITAB, said: “With the Christmas and New Year period coming up, those that fall within the dates specified need to book their tests as quickly as possible to ensure that they maintain their valid status. They will also need to consider scheduling a re-sit test if they do not pass within the timeframe, and should note that their next renewal date will remain as 29 February 2016, even if they achieve the test after the 28 February 2014 deadline.  The Continuing Competence pages on the WAMITAB website feature a handy countdown timer, so you can see exactly how many days you have left to organise your test, as well as lots more information to support and guide you through the process.”

For more information call WAMITAB on 01604 231950, email info.admin@wamitab.org.uk, visit www.wamitab.org.uk or ask us a question on Twitter @WAMITAB 

11Dec2013

Defra publish Waste Prevention Programme for England

Today, Defra published the first Waste Prevention Programme for England - “Prevention is better than cure: the role of waste prevention in moving to a more resource efficient economy” - which aims to improve the environment and protect human health by supporting a resource efficient economy, reducing the quantity and impact of waste produced whilst promoting sustainable economic growth.

Waste prevention includes many different types of activity, each contributing to making better use of resources. Action to reduce waste and increase resource efficiency should therefore be a priority for all sectors of the economy

 The programme focuses on a number of key actions:

  • Bringing together a new sustainable electrical action plan to catalyse action and seek commitment on designing products for optimum life.
  • Supporting pilot projects and trials of take back/lease schemes to demonstrate the benefits of resource efficient business models and supply chain innovation.
  • Developing an £800,000 scheme to support communities to undertake innovative waste prevention, reuse and repair activities.
  • Developing a suite of metrics to monitor progress on waste prevention.

WAMITAB recognises that value of effective waste management and provides qualifications and training programmes designed to support the development of a resource efficient economy. Check out our waste qualification pages: http://www.wamitab.org.uk/pg/wamitab-waste

For further information on the Waste Prevention Programme for England visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/reducing-and-managing-waste

11Dec2013

Check out the latest news from our Approved Centre Network

We have recently developed a centre news area devoted to promoting the great projects and training programmes the WAMITAB Approved Centre Network are undertaking across the UK and beyond in the waste, recycling, cleaning, facilities management and parking sectors.

We already have some great stories to share – for example, Albion Environmental is trialling the delivery of the diploma in facilities management to service personnel to support those highly skilled individuals looking for employment within the civilian workplace, but facing the issue of not having their skills and Army qualifications recognised.

Another example is the work being undertaken by Trust Waste Management on the project “towards a European Qualification for Solid Waste Facilities Managers”. This project is designed to develop a framework for a new solid waste manager’s qualification that is standardised across all EU member states.

To find out more about the activity of our Approved Centre Network click here. Alternatively, if you are a WAMITAB centre and interested in submitting an article to be published, please email Helen.kemp@wamitab.org.uk

 

 

26Nov2013

The British Cleaning Council Announces WAMITAB as 22nd member

Check out the following articles covering WAMITAB's new membership of the British Cleaning Council:

6Dec2013

Press Release: WAMITAB welcomed to board of the British Cleaning Council

WAMITAB has become the 22nd board member of the British Cleaning Council (BCC).

The BCC board consists of recognised specialist organisations concerned with industrial, commercial or institutional cleaning, and WAMITAB joins an illustrious group of trade associations, research/educational bodies and institutions, all working together to raise the profile and credibility of the UK cleaning industry.

Chris James, CEO, WAMITAB, said: “WAMITAB is delighted to have been accepted as a member of the BCC. We recognise that cleaning can offer a viable career if individuals are willing to develop their skills to meet the demands of modern cleaning service provision, and we offer cleaning and street cleansing qualifications, apprenticeships, training programmes and routes to industry to a wide range of organisations across all sectors.”

WAMITAB offers a range of Ofqual-regulated qualifications relevant for the industry, some of which attract government funding.

The cleaning qualifications (incorporating street cleansing) that WAMITAB offers include:

  • Entry Level Award in Practical Cleaning Skills
  • Level One Award in Practical Cleaning Skills
  • Level One Certificate in Cleaning and Support Services
  • Level Two Award in Practical Cleaning Skills
  • Level Two Award in Cleaning Principles
  • Level Two Certificate in Cleaning and Support Services
  • Level Two Certificate in Cleaning Principles
  • Level Three Certificate in Cleaning Services Supervision
  • Level Three Diploma in Cleaning Supervision Skills

The facilities management qualifications that WAMITAB offers include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Facilities Services Principles
  • Level 2 Certificate in Local Environmental Service Skills
  • Level 2 Certificate in Property, Caretaking and Facilities Services
  • Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Supporting Public Services
  • Level 3 Certificate in Facilities Management Practice
  • Level 3 Certificate in Facilities Management
  • Level 3 Certificate in Property, Caretaking and Facilities Services
  • Level 4 Certificate in Facilities Management Practice

In summing up, Chris James, said: “Our membership of the BCC can only help us to further develop qualifications that will benefit employers, operatives and the wider industry in the years to come, and we are looking forward to sharing our expertise with the board, and learning much from the other members.”

For more information call WAMITAB on 01604 231950, email info.admin@wamitab.org.uk or visit www.wamitab.org.uk @WAMITAB 

20Nov2013

European Week for Waste Reduction is Underway!

For those who haven’t heard of it, the European Week for Waste Reduction is a campaign which runs between the 16 and 24 November 2013. It is designed to raise awareness of ways to minimise waste by changing everyday behaviour to reduce the amount people throw away.

This week represents the increasingly high profile waste reduction initiatives are experiencing in society today; however, a recent article in Lets Recycle highlighted the fact that this week is not well supported in England and Wales. Despite this, many of the actions encouraged during this week are vital to getting the UK back on track to meet waste reduction and recycling targets by 2020. These actions include:

  • Smart buying
  • Composting
  • Recycling
  • Reusing
  • Selecting products with a longer life

WAMITAB has supported the wider waste management industry for many years developing qualifications that ensure professionals have the knowledge and skills to support waste reduction initiatives by undertaking some of these processes. For further information on our waste management and recycling qualifications click here

4Nov2013

Health and Safety: deaths across the waste and recycling industry doubled according to new 2012/13 figures from the HSE

Last week, Lets recycle reported that the industry saw 10 worker fatalities during 2012/13 – twice the figure recorded in 2011/12 making it among the country’s ‘highest risk’ industries. A provisional figure released in the HSE’s 2012/13 annual report also shows the sector recorded 500 major injuries.

With so many injuries and fatalities across this industry, the role of WAMITAB qualifications in improving health and safety becomes clearer. Across all our qualification pathways, there are 45 units dedicated to improving the understanding of health and safety in the workplace. For example, new entrants can access single units designed to provide an induction to health and safety responsibilities for individuals, while at management level there are units that focus on keeping the workforce safe through effective risk assessment.

We also offer access to the DASH training programme which provides an industry specific training solution for illness, industry, fatalities and accidents in a waste and resource management environment.

To read the full article by Lets recycle: http://www.letsrecycle.com/news/latest-news/waste-management/hse-reveals-extent-of-2012-13-waste-sector-injuries

30Oct2013

The potential of developing AD on Farms and how our qualifications can help!

WRAP is offering a grant of up to £10,000 a farm to create a business plan that will investigate the potential of developing AD. This is important because UK Farms producing thousands of tonnes of horse, cow and pig manure each year need to find more lucrative ways to dispose of unwanted waste.

This is not as farfetched as it sounds due to the growing popularity of biogas plants – there were an estimated 106 plants outside of the water industry in March 2013. These are state-of-the-art biogas stations which effectively house bacteria able to break down grass and animal waste. The process produces a gas called ‘methane’ and this is siphoned off, cleaned and used to power a generator. Electricity from the generator is fed directly into the National Grid ensuring that farms operating the equipment make money selling this electricity.

Methane is a toxic gas which is harmful to the atmosphere and is widely recognised as one of the most potent greenhouse gases. By capturing the methane produced by animal wastes, the carbon footprint of the farm is significantly reduced. The residual heat can also be used to heat the farm dwellings, and will reduce fuel bills significantly for the upkeep of the farm – making this entire system a money and energy-saver’s dream.

Setting up can be expensive so government grants are available to reduce the initial outlay for farmers. Whilst the investment is considerable, the potential for future earning is high because biogas is not as susceptible to the ups and downs of the meat market. In short, it provides a comfortable cushion of income and reduced operating costs that is much needed in this tough economical climate.

Running a biogas plant can also be a dangerous exercise if you do not have the knowledge and skills to manage daily operations and potential hazards involved.  In a relatively new and advanced field, holding relevant qualifications which have been developed by experts, and agreed by the Environment Agency, can not only increase efficiency and profitability – it can save lives.

WAMITAB is the awarding body for the waste management industry and is at the forefront of policy and standards of education, qualifications and training for all employees in the sector.  WAMITAB qualifications set the standard for skills and knowledge requirements for waste sites which require a competent person to hold a permit/license, and there are specific qualifications which have been designed for the safe and efficient running of AD and biogas plants. 

Operating a biogas plant can be a daunting prospect, which is why all WAMITAB qualifications are delivered through a network of Approved Centres that are able to guide and support learners throughout the process.

For further information, on our AD qualifications click here and find out more about the WRAP grant by visiting: http://www.fwi.co.uk/articles/30/10/2013/141745/farmers-showing-strong-interest-in-ad-grants.htm

 

17Oct2013

The Countdown to Continuing Competence

It’s that time again! The Operator Competence scheme, developed by CIWM and WAMITAB, includes a requirement to maintain competence over time, which we have entitled Continuing Competence. If you were:

  • Awarded a CoTC/Operator Competence Certificate before 1st March 2012
  • Assessed by the Environment Agency or Natural Resources Wales for non-CoTC activity
  • ‘Deemed’ competent

Then Continuing Competence will apply to you, which means you have to pass a test before 28th February 2014. The format for the test is based on question and multiple choice answers.  The questions cover two components; a Generic Knowledge Test (GKT) (‘generic’) comprising questions on legislation, health and safety and environmental protection; and an Activity-Specific Test (AST) (or ‘option’) which comprises questions on the specific competence or competencies which need to be maintained. 

However, it is important that you do not leave the test to the last minute as sufficient bookings will not be available for everyone and you run the risk of not being compliant. For further information or to book you test visit http://www.wamitab.org.uk/pg/continuing-competence

16Oct2013

BPA-WAMITAB Level 2 Award for Parking Enforcement Officers units finalised

The British Parking Association is pleased to be able to circulate finalised units for the BPA and WAMITAB’s new Level 2 Award for Parking Enforcement Officers. These units have been submitted to the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), which regulates qualifications. Please click here to view the finalised qualification units.

The qualification’s core unit will focus on conflict management. To complete the qualification, candidates will then choose one of six additional units. The six optional units will make the qualification suitable for a wide variety of job roles.

For further information on parking qualifications follow this link.

15Oct2013

OECD Survey of Adult Skills survey results shows young adults have low levels of Literacy and Numeracy

The recent OECD (Organisations for Economic Co-Operation and Development) Adult Skills survey indicates that in England young adults rank 22nd for literacy and 21st for numeracy out of the 24 nations surveyed.

This means that adults aged 55 to 65 perform better than 16 to 24 year olds at foundation levels of literacy and numeracy – this makes “England the only country in the developed world where the generation approaching retirement is more literate and numerate than the youngest adults” (Grailey, 2013).

The results of this survey have prompted calls for the way young people learn literacy and numeracy skills to be reformed so that young people understand the value of these skills in the real world and are able to apply them to real life situations.

For further information: http://www.fenews.co.uk/featured-article/improving-the-basic-skills-of-our-young-people

9Oct2013

5 ways WAMITAB can help improve Health, Safety and Welfare across the waste industry

WAMITAB is one of 60 organisations so far to sign the CIWM Health, Safety and Welfare Pledge which aims to raise awareness and promote actions that will deal with the health, safety and welfare issues faced by the waste and resource management industry every day.

According to recent figures from the Health and Safety Executive (2013), there were 10 fatal injuries to workers in waste and recycling during 2012/13 – higher than the five year average of 6 fatalities.Earlier this week, Ray Burberry (Qualifications Manager at WAMITAB) explained WAMITAB’s role in improving Health, Safety and Welfare across the waste industry with a lively presentation to all the WAMITAB staff – here’s what we learnt:

  1. WAMITAB staff, assessors, verifiers and centres have the power to influence improvements in the understanding of health and safety across the waste and recycling industry.
  2. Across all the qualifications pathways we offer, there are 45 units dedicated to improving the understanding of health and safety in the workplace. For example, new entrants can access single units designed to provide an induction to health and safety responsibilities for individuals, while at management level there are units that focus on keeping the workforce safe through effective risk assessment.
  3. Our online learning platform – the WAMITAB Skills Academy – offers general health and safety courses designed to improve basic health and safety skills.
  4. The CIWM/WAMITAB Operator Competence Scheme ensures that the technically competent person on a waste site keeps their health and safety knowledge up to date.
  5. The DASH Training Programme provides an industry specific training solution for illness, industry, fatalities and accidents in a waste and resource management environment.
To continue to show our support for improved Health and Safety in the waste industry we have updated our resources webpage to include a section dedicated to this topic – use the button on the right to access this page.
2Oct2013

WAMITAB features in Cleaning Matters Blog: Improving standards through qualifications in cleaning

The latest Cleaning Matters guest blogger is Chris James, CEO of WAMITAB - read the post at: http://www.cleaning-matters.co.uk/page_327972.asp

25Sep2013

The WAMITAB prospectus is now available to download!

Follow this link: http://www.wamitab.org.uk/pg/wamitab-prospectus

18Sep2013

Anaerobic Digestion reports published by Cogent and Defra

Anaerobic Digestion (AD) is a natural process where biomass is broken down by micro organisms in the absence of air (Anaerobic Digestion, 2013) and these reports explore the implications of the increasing number of AD plants being built in the UK to generate clean renewable energy.

Cogent’s (2013) latest report ‘Anaerobic digestion: a market profile’ highlights the potential of AD to deliver new green jobs and renewable energy as the UK aims to meet commitments to the European Commission’s Renewable Energy Directive so that 15% of the UK’s overall energy is sources from renewable sources by 2020.

Download the full report: http://www.cogent-ssc.com/research/Publications/publications/KADA_Final_Report.pdf

Defra have published the ‘Anaerobic digestion strategy and action plan: annual report 2012-13’ which highlights Government progress in using the 56 actions in the strategy designed to tackle barriers to the increased uptake of AD in England as it is recognised as being the best option available for dealing with separately collected food waste.

Download the full report: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/229432/pb14019-anaerobic-digestion-annual-report-2012-13.pdf

13Sep2013

Available for Download: Presentations from the Assessor/Verifier Forum 2013, NEC Birmingham...

The WAMITAB Assessor/Verifier Forum took place on Wednesday 11th September at the NEC in Brimingham. If you were unable to attend or would like digital copies of the presentations, please feel free to download the following documents:

9Sep2013

WAMITAB Skills Survey goes live on our website! Tell us about your views on skills development...

The WAMITAB skills survey has been designed to find out more about views on skills development from employers working in the waste and resource management, cleaning and facilities management industries. We hope that this survey will help us to better tailor our qualifications and additional services to meet the needs of these employers in the future.

This is really important in tough economic conditions where companies rely of staff skills to maintain an organisations productivity, profitability and ability to adapt to change. According to the Office for National Statistics (2011), the knowledge and skills of workers in the UK were worth an estimated £17.12 trillion in 2010, suggesting that organisations which do not invest in training are less likely to succeed than those willing to invest in training.

We would be grateful if you would take a few minutes to complete this short survey (will take less than 5 minutes to complete) and would like to reassure you that the feedback you provide will be anonymous. We will use your responses to compile a report on attitudes to skills in the sector so the survey will be live until 5.00 pm on Monday 14 October 2013

We thank you for your time and invite you to visit our website www.wamitab.org.uk at the end of October 2014 to access the final report and to learn more about WAMITAB.

4Sep2013

Changing Waste Regulations in Scotland

Letsrecycle.com reports that new waste regulations will come into force across Scotland from January 2014.

These regulations are designed to help the country reach a 70% recycling rate by 2015 by requiring all organisations and businesses to recycle plastic, metal, glass, paper and card or risk being fined. Furthermore, business that produce more than 50kg of food waste per week will be expected to arrange for an additional collection.

These regulations are expected to have significant benefits for the Scottish economy - evidence from Zero Waste Scotland estimates that the country is currently paying £95 million in landfill tax to dispose of recyclable materials worth £97 million.

Full article: http://www.letsrecycle.com/news/latest-news/legislation/zero-waste-scotland-promotes-new-waste-regulations

3Sep2013

New RWM Blog: CIWM and WAMITAB announce changes to Continuing Competence Scheme

CIWM and WAMITAB are pleased to announce some important changes to the Continuing Competence Scheme, which will take effect from 1 March 2014.

 See more at: http://www.rwmexhibition.com/page.cfm/action=library/libID=9/libEntryID=45?WT.mc_id=TwitterV1

27Aug2013

New RWM Blog: Learn new skills in the WAMITAB skills village

The WAMITAB Skills Village brings together leading experts in training, consultancy and qualifications to offer guidance on a broad skills-related agenda.

WAMITAB recently contributed to the RWM 2013 blog follow this link to read the blog post or visit the Skills Village page to register to attend!

23Aug2013

Youth Unemployment, Education and Training - WAMITAB: One Step Ahead

WAMITAB's suite of pre-employment qualifications are designed to meet the needs of young people looking for support in areas such as CV writing, interview skills and working within a team.

The Office for National Statistics released figures earlier this month, highlighting the requirement for greater availability of qualifications and training in the youth sector. There are currently 959,000 unemployed people aged between 16 and 24 years old – a jobless rate of 20.9% (BBC, 2013), compared to a total of 2.51 million people unemployed across the UK.

WAMITAB have been following labour market intelligence data and employment patterns for some time and have pre-empted this need for education and training in the youth market. In response to this, we have been working to ensure that entrants to the sector have the best possible opportunity to gain employment and progress in education and training. By offering apprenticeship programmes in sustainable resource management, facilities management and cleaning, WAMITAB is ensuring that young people and adults will have access to vital training and education in a format that is both engaging and practical.

WAMITAB have also developed a suite of pre-employment qualifications which meet the needs of young people looking for support in areas such as CV writing, interview skills and working within a team. By seeking to de-mystify the routes to success and employment, it is hoped that these qualifications will be an accessible and achievable opportunity for the unemployed. Eligible for funding under the Work Programme, the qualifications are unique in their inclusion of various WAMITAB Level 1 and Level 2 vocational units, affording opportunities for the development of skills and knowledge which will form the basis for a career in the waste, recycling and resource management industries – as well as many others.

For more information follow us on Twitter @WAMITAB, phone 01604 213950 or visit www.wamitab.org.uk.

21Aug2013

Apprenticeship funding reform consultation

In a recent webinar, Nick Linford, Managing Director of Lsect discussed the three proposals put forward by the Department for Education designed to deliver funding reform for apprenticeships

The proposal outlined in the consultation document, include:

  1. Direct payment model: where businesses register Apprentices and report claims for government funding through a new online system so funding can be paid directly into their bank account.
  2. PAYE payment model: where businesses register Apprentices using a new online system and then recover government funding through their PAYE return.
  3. Provider payment model: where government funding continues to be paid to training providers, but the can only draw down funding when they have received the employer contribution.

The Department for Education argues that funding reform is necessary because Apprenticeships need a simple, streamlined system that will dispense with the complexity associated with large numbers of government set funding rates. The Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock argues that “Government will provide funding in proportion to the investment employers are willing to make themselves” allowing training providers to compete for business based on quality and price, rather than the amount of funding they can draw down.

The consultation asks 15 questions and will close on 01/10/13. All responses should be emailed to apprenticeships.consultation@bsi.gsi.gov.uk.

To access the full consultation document follow this link.

19Aug2013

Press Release: CIWM and WAMITAB announce changes to Continuing Competence Scheme

CIWM and WAMITAB are pleased to announce some important changes to the Continuing Competence Scheme, which will take effect from 1 March 2014.

Under the new guidelines, certificates issued after that date will be ‘date stamped’ with an expiry date effective from the second anniversary of achievement. The replacement of the current fixed two-year period with the new rolling programme will make the scheme much more flexible and accessible, allowing individuals and organisations to monitor the currency of their technical competency and easily track when their next test is due.

The current two-year period remains in force, which means there are just six months remaining until the end of the current competency period on 28 February 2014. Technically Competent Managers (TCMs) for waste management facilities must ensure they have passed their Continuing Competence tests, where they are required. All existing TCMs must have passed the test between 1 March 2012 and 28 February 2014. The test will continue to be available through Pearson Vue centres and anyone who has not yet booked a test is encouraged to do so to ensure they secure a venue, date and time that meets their requirements.

From November 2013 those obtaining their certificates will see a change in the way the renewal timescale is specified. The new style certificates will clearly show a specific date by which a new certificate must be obtained. In order that no candidate is disadvantaged during the transition period, anyone completing the test in the period up to 28 February 2014 will receive a certificate with an expiry date of 29 February 2016. 

It is important to note that anyone who does not have a valid Continuing Competence certificate is non-compliant with the CIWM/WAMITAB Operator Competence Scheme and could therefore not be considered by the regulators to be part of the technically competent management for a permitted facility in England or Wales.

Chris James, CEO, WAMITAB, said: “We are pleased to announce this important revision to the CIWM/WAMITAB Continuing Competence Scheme. The scheme is a vital way of ensuring that those responsible for permitted sites keep up to date with legislation and current good practice. However, it is equally important that the process is both flexible and accessible to those working in the sector. The introduction of the rolling programme will remove set deadlines and provide individuals with their own ‘two-year’ period of competence. We expect this to be of benefit to both individuals and their employers.”

Steve Lee, CEO, CIWM, said: “We are delighted with these improvements to the Continuing Competence Scheme. The scheme itself has worked well, helping thousands of TCMs to prove their on-going competence. Giving each individual their own specific deadlines for demonstrating their competence to regulators and customers will make the scheme even more user-friendly. However, TCMs should remember that the current (fixed) competence period ends on 28 February 2014, so tests should be booked early to avoid disappointment.”

For more information call WAMITAB on 01604 231950, email info.admin@wamitab.org.uk or visit www.wamitab.org.uk @WAMITAB 

14Aug2013

CIWM/WAMITAB Continuing Competence Scheme – Important Revision

CIWM/WAMITAB are pleased to announce some important changes to the Continuing Competence Scheme, which will take effect from 1 March 2014.

Under the new guidelines, Certificates issued after that date will be “date stamped” with an expiry date effective from the second anniversary of achievement.  The replacement of the current fixed two year period with the new Rolling Programme will make the Scheme much more flexible and accessible, allowing individuals and organisations to monitor the currency of their technical competency and easily track when their next test is due.

The current two year period remains in force, which means there are just six months remaining until the end of the current competency period on 28 February 2014.  Technically Competent Managers (TCMs) for waste management facilities must ensure they have passed their Continuing Competence tests, where they are required.   All existing TCMs must have passed the test between 1 March 2012 and 28 February 2014.   The test will continue to be available through Pearson Vue centres and anyone who has not yet booked a test is encouraged to do so to ensure they secure a venue, date and time that meets their requirements.

From November 2013 those obtaining their certificates will see a change in the way the renewal timescale is specified.  The new style certificates will clearly show a specific date by which a new certificate must be obtained.  In order that no candidate is disadvantaged during the transition period, anyone completing the test in the period up to 28 February 2014 will receive a certificate with an expiry date of 29 February 2016. 

It is important to note that anyone who does not have a valid Continuing Competence Certificate is non-compliant with the CIWM/WAMITAB Operator Competence Scheme and could therefore not be considered by the regulators to be part of the technically competent management for a permitted facility in England or Wales.

12Aug2013

WAMITAB Accreditation: why should I buy?

During tough economic times, many employers are faced with the challenge of cutting costs while maintaining service standards, and this can have significant implications for their training budgets.

It is times like these that encourage employers to look into the alternatives of developing and delivering in-house training courses that are tailored to the needs of their business.

These types of courses can really benefit businesses by reducing the costs associated with travel and training providers; however, it can be challenging to ensure that in-house courses provide the quality of training that external courses offer.

At WAMITAB, we recognise that many employers have their own very valuable and job-focused training programmes. WAMITAB Accreditation for the waste, resource management, cleaning and street cleansing, recycling and facilities management industries provides national recognition of the added value an employer developed course or training product brings to their workforce in terms of quality job specific knowledge, skills and experience.

We offer a comprehensive accreditation process from initial consultation and application, through to review and final accreditation. WAMITAB Accreditation is provided at two levels:

WAMITAB Accredit 1 (WA1) indicates that a training programme, course or learning materials can deliver the aims and objectives stated in the customer produced application and course materials.

WAMITAB Accredit 2 (WA2) confirms the customer produced materials are structured, managed, assured and delivered to a recognised industry standard in a manner that is valid, reliable and secure by mapping them to known industry benchmarks, such as the National Occupational Standards (NOS).

On achievement of accreditation:

  • WAMITAB will issue a certificate to an accredited individual, course provider or programme manager.
  • WAMITAB will authorise use of the WAMITAB Accredit and Accredited programme logos on accredited course materials and certificates.
  • Employers will have the option to choose certification by WAMITAB.
  • All accreditations are reviewed on an annual basis to confirm the accreditation standards are maintained.

If you would like further information about the Accreditation services that WAMITAB provide visit http://www.wamitab.org.uk/pg/wamitab-accreditation or email info.admin@wamitab.org.uk.

7Aug2013

WAMITAB Skills Village focuses on Skills Development and the Benefits of a well-trained workforce

Investing in workforce skills and competence should be a win-win situation.

Investing in workforce skills and competence should be a win-win situation, not only helping to reduce risks or liabilities, but in raising job awareness, increasing self-esteem and improving the quality of service provided by staff.

In tough economic times, research shows that updating the skills of staff or retraining them to undertake new areas of activity improves an organisation's productivity, profitability and ability to adapt to change.  According to the Office for national Statistics (2011), the knowledge and skills of workers in the UK were worth an estimated £17.12 trillion in 2010, suggesting that organisations which do not train their staff are more likely to go out of business than those willing to invest in training.

As an awarding body, WAMITAB offers a wide range of qualifications for the waste, recycling, resource management, facilities management and cleaning industries in the public, private and voluntary sectors. These include certificates and diplomas based on national occupational standards, bespoke programmes focusing on specific skills gaps, online learning and the accreditation of in-house training programmes. Our products address the skills and competence needs of people at operative, supervisory and managerial levels in any organisation.

This year WAMITAB will be attending the annual resource efficiency and waste management show, taking place at the NEC in Birmingham from 10-12 September 2013 to provide practical support and advice to individuals or employers interested in developing their staff using the qualifications or services that we provide.

Furthermore, we will be hosting a series of free 20 minute briefings designed to cut through industry jargon to get right to the core of what businesses and individuals need to understand. These briefings will focus on a wide range of relevant topics including entry into the sector, compliance and continuing competence, leadership, funding, winning business and staying safe.

We are pleased to confirm that the following centres will be exhibiting with us on the stand: DKM Consultants, ENTAC, SERAC UK, Smart Development and South West Regional Assessment Centre. For more information follow us on Twitter @WAMITAB or visit http://www.rwmexhibition.com to register to attend RWM 2013.

1Aug2013

SFA to pay up to £900 per work placement

The Skills Funding Agency has announced rates from £500 to £900 for work placements in the government’s new traineeship programme.

For more information, visit FE Week at; http://feweek.co.uk/2013/07/30/sfa-to-pay-up-to-900-per-work-placement/

29Jul2013

Food waste is a priority for the industry

The EU has commissioned a public consultation (from 9th July to 1st October) on how Europe can achieve sustainability throughout the supply chain from food production to consumption in an attempt to reduce the 89 million tonnes of food wasted across Europe each year.

In a recent article, Lang (2013) argued that the current food system “overproduces, wraps food in packaging, embeds energy, chucks away mountains of usable food and produces food residues” on such a massive scale that the waste cannot be used elsewhere – for example, as fertiliser or animal feed.

The Chartered Institution of Waste Management (CIWM) Great Waste Survey found that 73% of waste managers perceived food waste as a priority for the waste and resource management industry in the UK. This is no surprise when you consider that up to 2 billion tonnes of edible food is wasted every year according to a recent article in the Guardian – accounting for between 30% and 50% of all the food produced around the world.

Many argue that a significant proportion of food waste in the UK is cultural, caused by unrealistic used-by dates or related to the fact that “supermarkets [and, to a certain degree, consumers] demand cosmetically perfect food.” However, food waste creates more long-term issues such as environmental damage, using up dwindling resources and increasing the overall cost of food.

Experts suggest that minimising food waste in your household can simply involve:

  • Eating ‘ugly’ fruit and vegetables
  • Plan meals for a week
  • Check fridge temperature and seals
  • Freeze
  • Make soups or smoothies from soft vegetables and fruit

However, at an industry level, minimising food waste will require greater cooperation between industry leading professional bodies, individual businesses and their supply chains. It will also require employers to ensure that their employees have the knowledge and skills to ensure that food waste is not only reduced, but that their workforce understands the value of reducing food waste.

WAMITAB offers a variety of qualifications and training courses through its approved centre network designed to support individuals employed at operative to management level as they develop the skills, knowledge and attributes to address the resource efficiency of their business.

For more information follow us on Twitter @WAMITAB, email info.admin@wamitab.org.uk, telephone 01604 231950 or visit www.wamitab.org.uk.

26Jul2013

Leading awarding organisation partners with industry experts to provide a hub for information and discussion on skills-related issues

WAMITAB is continuing its commitment to improving industry standards by launching the ‘Skills Village’ initiative at RWM 2013.

The full article can be accessed at http://www.cbipr.com/client-news/wamitab-hosts-skills-village-at-rwm-2013-leading-awarding-organisation-partners-with-industry-experts-to-provide-a-hub-for-information-and-discussion-on-skills-related-issues/

23Jul2013

Inspiring events increase knowledge and showcase innovation

A recent article published by Ceris Burns International discusses how the WAMITAB Skills Village at RWM 2013 will provide a resource hub for anyone interested in training, qualifications and technical competence.

The full article can be accessed at http://www.cbipr.com/blog/inspiring-events-increase-knowledge-and-showcase-innovation/

18Jul2013

Green Alliance Report says UK must boost reuse and recycling

A report published by the Green Alliance states that recycling and reuse could help UK firms to mitigate the impact of scarce resources on their business.

An article by Let's Recycle (2013) highlights a recent report published by the Green Alliance which states that recycling and reuse could help UK firms to mitigate the impact of scarce resources on their business. However, they argue that the Government’s current economic strategy does not take shortages of materials (such as oil, copper and aluminium) seriously which could have a significant impact on the UK’s ability to build a viable manufacturing economy for the future, develop new business opportunities and create new jobs.

To encourage more companies to secure resources for reuse and recycling, the Green Alliance suggests that:

  • The Government should research the UK’s exposure to material insecurity
  • The European Commission should clarify competition law to reinforce exemptions for environmentally friendly activities
  • The Government should work with businesses to make products easier to reuse, recycle and remanufacture

Access the full report here.

15Jul2013

The Health and Safety Challenge for the Waste Industry

The waste and resource management industry has become one of the UK’s most dangerous sectors of employment with 97 workers and 19 members of the public fatally injured during waste and recycling activities between 2004 and 2012...

...while a further 3,722 employees suffered major injuries (Health and Safety Executive, 2013).

According to the Health and Safety Executive (2012), 80% of all reported injuries occur during collection and sorting activities. This is because collection work is undertaken on public roads, in constantly changing conditions, without direct supervision and where employees are more likely to encounter risks that are not within the control of their employer (Health and Safety Executive, 2012).

To improve the health and safety record of the waste and resource management industry a blueprint of measures has been created which aims to cut accident rates by 10% year-on-year and reduce the number of fatalities to zero (Donati, 2013). The Health and Safety Strategy for Britain will involve:

  • Encouraging strong leadership across the industry
  • Involving the workforce
  • Increasing competence
  • Creating healthier and safer workplaces
  • Supporting SMEs to comply with their health and safety obligations

WAMITAB has developed a number of qualifications that include basic health and safety units, as well as the DASH training programme set up to develop industry-specific solutions to the problem of illness, injuries and the unacceptable number of fatalities in the waste and resource management industry.

To find out more about the health and safety training available contact WAMITAB on 01604 231950 / info.admin@wamitab.org.uk and benefit from the experience, skills and knowledge that we have to offer.

12Jul2013

Apprenticeships: why young people should move into our sectors

At first glance, it may not be the most glamorous career choice, but first impressions belie the truth that the cleaning, facilities management, waste and resource management industries do in fact offer a range of attractive careers...

...with good opportunities for progression for those willing to develop their skills. Not insignificant are the sectors’ growth and development, both technologically and financially, at a time when most others are struggling under the weight of the Global Economic Crisis.

Apprenticeships offer people over the age of 16 and not in full-time education the opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications that can be achieved through work-based programmes designed around the needs of employers. They give people with limited work experience the opportunity to train and master practical skills in the workplace, while earning money.

As a result, the majority of the training is ‘on the job’ at the employer’s premises working alongside experienced staff to gain job specific skills, while the rest of the training is provided ‘off the job’ on day release or over a number of days in a block by a local college or specialist training provider.

Evidence suggests that more than 500,000 people started an apprenticeship between 2011 and 2012 – an increase of 14% on the previous year – (BBC, 2013) as the UK Government places greater emphasis on the importance of apprenticeships in combating youth unemployment. Additionally, employers are realising the financial benefits of developing staff through apprenticeship programmes.  Reductions in recruitment costs, the proven increase in productivity and the opportunities for knowledge sharing which are afforded by this unique training programme have been enlightening for many employers.

WAMITAB has developed several apprenticeships to ensure that employees are productive, motivated and skilled, including:

Employers, Employees and prospective Training Centres who wish to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the Apprenticeship schemes should contact WAMITAB on 01604 231950 / info.admin@wamitab.org.uk and benefit from the experience, skills and knowledge that we have to offer.

8Jul2013

Coming Soon: The WAMITAB Skills Village

We are delighted to be exhibiting at RWM, the annual resource efficiency and waste management show, taking place at the NEC in Birmingham from 10th to 12th Sept 2013.

The WAMITAB Skills Village is a featured stand at this year’s show. 

It will offer a programme of practical support, advice and qualifications to employers interested in developing their staff. The stand will be hosting a series of free seminars that cut through industry jargon straight to the core of what businesses and individuals need to understand. The seminars will focus on a wide range of relevant topics including entry into the sector, compliance and continuing competence, leadership, funding, winning business and staying safe.

We are pleased to confirm that the following centres will be exhibiting with us on the stand: DKM Consultants, ENTAC, SERAC UK, Smart Development and South West Regional Assessment Centre. For more information follow us on Twitter @WAMITAB or visit http://www.rwmexhibition.com

5Jul2013

WAMITAB Launch AD Qualifications at UK AD & Biogas 2013, NEC 3-4 July

WAMITAB staff attended the UK AD and Biogas show at the NEC in Birmingham. It was great to see so many people enquiring about our qualifications and discussing their experience in AD.

WAMITAB qualifications play a significant role in developing the knowledge, skills and competence of the AD workforce. This was highlighted in the AD show seminar programme where Ray Burberry, Qualifications Manager at WAMITAB, presented ‘Training for operating AD plants: demonstrating technical competence’ used as a platform to launch the latest AD qualifications.

The presentation focused on why training and competence are so important to the AD industry to ensure safe operations to reduce accidents and to comply with environmental permitting to reduce instances that can cause pollution. To achieve competence in AD across England and Wales, WAMITAB has developed the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 Diploma for Anaerobic Digestion Operatives
  • Level 3 Award in Waste and Resource Management (including unit 6b for biological processing)
  • Level 4 Diploma in Waste Management Operations: managing biological treatment – non-hazardous waste, anaerobic digestion.

The presentation highlighted that following achievement of these qualifications, individuals have demonstrated competence to participate in the CIWM/WAMITAB operator competence scheme that updates knowledge and understanding to ensure compliance with permits every two years.

1Jul2013

Green Colleges Proposal

WAMITAB and ACER (association of colleges in the Eastern Region) recently attended the regional LSIS Sustainability network to launch their proposal to improve progression opportunities for college learners by equipping them for sustainable employment.

On Monday 24th June the regional LSIS Sustainability network held its dissemination event on projects undertaken this year under the title of “Stepping Up to Sustainability”.

WAMITAB, in partnership with ACER, attended the event to launch their proposal to improve progression opportunities for college learners by equipping them for sustainable employment in a more complex employment world and to enable colleges to make links with the emerging sector of recycle and re-use. This could have significant benefits for learners in the future are the sector is forecast to create 90,000 jobs by 2020, driven by technological advances and the Government’s commitment to zero waste to landfill.

The proposal involves colleges either setting up recycling plants or working with third parties to focus on particular curriculum areas that could benefit individuals in the future. Learners are expected to have direct experience of working within the re-cycling plant which may be organised as a business, by the college or by a social enterprise venture under student management with supervision. WAMITAB units and qualifications relevant to the learners work would be offered to augment their programmes of study. WAMITAB also would consider offering bursaries to students who may want to progress into further qualifications and work in the sector.

This is to be a jointly developed programme between colleges and WAMITAB with national roll out objectives.

If you would like your college to be involved in determining the first stages of this work due to commence in the Autumn term then please send a representative to the Planning and Commitment meeting to be held on 9th July.

If you would like to attend or send a representative, please contact Christine Stewart at ACER with details (christine.stewart@acer.ac.uk)

1Jul2013

Centre Expression of Interest

WAMITAB is seeking centres to participate in the development of a new programme designed to promote employability and job creation across the FM, cleaning and waste sectors.

WAMITAB have, over the last few months, been working to develop partnerships and programmes to promote our wider agenda and public benefit.

One of the discussions has included A4e.  At this moment in time, we are focusing on their role as a prime contractor to DWP delivering Work Programme.  Our aim is to develop a national programme which we market and deliver through our centre network utilising our employers and our QA to promote employability and job creation within our sector.  A4e will bring their support on a national and regional basis and the individuals to qualify and train. Some Centres will already be registered to work with A4e, as such the programme will aim to enhance the activity currently being undertaken and we hope to increase the numbers accessing WAMITAB qualifications.

WHAT ARE THE STEPS?

In order to develop this programme we are seeking expressions of interest from centres.  The nature of the programme has meant that we need to lay out specific criteria.  This may mean we have to exclude some centres but, unfortunately the nature of the programme requires the ability to work within these parameters. 

To participate in the programme, centres must:

1. be able to actively deliver in the following areas:

  • East Midlands
  • North West, Merseyside & Cumbria
  • South Yorkshire
  • South East
  • London

2. have access to either an SFA direct or an SFA subcontract which has the ability to:

  • Access funding from 16-18 and 19+ (core demographic will be 18-24)
  • The ability to grow and expand with the programme

3. have full direct claim status to ensure the expediency of the process

4. demonstrate the resources to deliver the full WAMITAB portfolio from Waste through to FM and Cleaning

5. commit to deliver a minimum of 100 learners

6. have a UKLRP number, as this is a Government required pre-requisite of all subcontracts

If you meet the criteria and are interested in participating please contact mark.hyde@wamitab.org.uk

28Jun2013

Zero to Waste and Qualified to Work

Earlier this week, WAMITAB staff attended the British Association of Cleaning in Higher Education Conference where Ray Burberry, Qualifications Manager at WAMITAB, presented ‘Zero to Waste and Qualified to Work’.

This presentation focused on how the creation of a zero waste economy will be a challenge for society as we currently send 11 million tonnes of waste to landfill, but achieving this goal could have significant benefits for businesses across the UK.

The presentation discussed that waste has the potential to be a valuable resource and universities are in the perfect position to help society recognise this – for example,  a recent study by SITA (2013) indicated that just over half (55%) of students are committed recyclers, compared to 75% of the UK population.

Finally, the presentation highlighted that WAMITAB has developed a number of qualifications designed to develop the knowledge and skills of individuals so that they can support the creation of a zero waste economy, including:

  • Level 1 Certificate in Cleaning
  • Level 2 Certificate in Cleaning
  • Level 2 Facilities Services
  • Levels 2 Anaerobic Digestion
  • Level 2 Removal of Hazardous Wastes (including asbestos)
  • Level 2 Removal of Non-Hazardous Wastes
  • Level 3 Award in Waste and Recycling
  • Level 4 Facilities Management

WAMITAB has also revised the Level 2 in Recycling Operations so that it includes the additional pathways of Reuse and WEEE – the separate delivery of these qualifications will take place from January 2013.

Following a donation by WAMITAB of £1.2 million in 2008 and a more recent donation of £50,000 to the Worshipful Company of Water Conservators, two bursaries are now being offered for Masters Degrees in Facilities Management in 2014 (please forward any expressions of interest to WAMITAB).

Access the presentation here

To discuss any of the information above contact us

25Jun2013

Press Release: WAMITAB and Amaryllis - transforming the lives of ex-offenders

‘New You, New Future’ skills development programme launches aiming to build business that benefits the British economy and puts something back into society by rehabilitating ex-offenders

Building business that benefits the British economy and puts something back into society by rehabilitating ex-offenders is the aim of the ‘New You, New Future’ programme. This joint venture between Amaryllis, a leading force in workplace management, and WAMITAB, the foremost awarding organisation in the waste management, recycling and facilities sectors, aims to provide an employment and skills development programme that truly changes lives.

The two organisations have signed a partnership agreement that focuses on supporting ex-offenders by helping them to achieve meaningful qualifications and skills whilst being employed by Amaryllis within UK prisons.

Mark Hyde, commercial director at WAMITAB, said: “This programme represents the significant steps we are taking to transform the lives of offenders while in the UK prison system and, in turn, supporting the local community to restore ex-offenders back into society. We believe that introducing this skills development programme in partnership with Amaryllis will create valuable employment opportunities both inside and outside of the prison environment that could potentially reduce future re-offending rates.

“This initiative comes at a crucial time for the UK economy and is expected to reduce our reliance on industry abroad by bringing more manufacturing, re-furnishing and recycling activities back to the UK.”

David King MBE, chief executive of Amaryllis, added: “Amaryllis is creating a network of workshops and enterprises within prisons, offering a structured and robust work discipline together with skills-specific training and development. We are currently focussed upon furniture and equipment but are expanding into new areas, such as energy from waste, and the elimination of overseas supply chains.

“The partnership with WAMITAB is fundamental to our strategy to ensure that offenders have appropriate, industry-recognised qualifications and skills to support future employment through the Amaryllis Employers’ Guild.”

For more information call WAMITAB on 01604 231950 or email info.admin@wamitab.org.uk 

21Jun2013

UK Employers Want More Control Over Training

Research by CBI and Pearson indicates that 93% of firms felt they knew best what skills their employees need

Other interesting statistics highlighted in this survey of 294 firms includes:

  • 39% of employers are struggling to recruit individuals with higher level science, engineering and maths skills
  • A further 39% stated that applicants lack any general work experience
  • 45% of firms found individuals with the right technical skills did not have a good attitude

To read the full report visit: http://www.cbi.org.uk/media-centre/press-releases/2013/06/businesses-fear-skills-shortage-could-hold-back-growth/ 

How is WAMITAB supporting employers in our sector?

WAMITAB recognises that many employers have developed their own very valuable and job-focused training programmes. In response, we have developed an accreditation programme so that employers can add value to their employees continuous professional development by requesting that education experts provide insight and national recognition of their training programmes.

20Jun2013

Latest Changes to Technical Competence

Amendments have been made to the technical competence for permitted sites operating under the 'environmental permitting regulations 2007'

For more information follow this link and chack out the updated hierarchy table.

18Jun2013

Visit us at stand P119 at UK AD & Biogas 2013 (3-4 July, NEC)

WAMITAB will be exhibiting at UK AD & Biogas 2013, the only trade show in the UK dedicated exclusively to anaerobic digestion (AD) and biogas.

Organised by the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA), this free to attend two day event includes over 240 exhibitors, a free two day conference, free consultancy clinics (legal, finance and farming), 22 free seminars, site visits, a new transport feature and the second UK AD & Biogas Industry Awards (3 July). Showcasing how AD can help to achieve maximum waste and resource management, climate-smart farming and sustainable food production, this event will show how beneficial the integration of AD can be and how it can be most successfully achieved.

With all of this under one roof, UK AD & Biogas 2013 is the perfect place to access expert information, contacts and new business opportunities in the AD and biogas industry. UK AD & Biogas 2013 will demonstrate how anaerobic digestion can offer fantastic benefits to the farming, food and drink, local authority, water, waste and transport sectors so come and visit us at stand P119 to meet us face to face and see what we can do for you!

Find out more and register for free at www.adbiogas.co.uk

12Jun2013

The Convergence of Cleaning and Waste Management

As the industry becomes less about landfill and recycling and more about turning waste into resources, it is increasingly becoming closer to the cleaning and facilities management sector.

For the full article follow this link: http://www.cbipr.com/blog/the-convergence-of-cleaning-and-waste-management/

12Jun2013

WAMITAB confirm commitment to raising industry standards by launching new awareness campaign

WAMITAB has appointed Ceris Burns International, specialist agency for the environmental, cleaning and FM sectors, to handle PR and publicise new events for the coming months.

The full article can be accessed here: http://www.cbipr.com/client-news/wamitab-confirms-commitment-to-raising-industry-standards-by-launching-new-awareness-campaign/

11Jun2013

UK recycling industry could create 10,000 new jobs by 2020, report finds

Research by the Environmental Services Association (ESA) indicates that effective recycling and more efficient resource management has the potential to create 10,000 new jobs and £20 billion in net exports by 2020.

An article in the Guardian reports that according to ESA research effective recycling and more efficient resource management has the potential to create 10,000 new jobs and £20 billion in net exports by 2020.

The Going for Growth report estimates that between 2013 and 2020 395 million tonnes of recyclable material will pass through the UKs waste management sector, but only 255 million tonnes will actually be recycled. Research and development into new techniques that will minimise the need for recycling and make it easier to reuse materials could potentially boost the UK’s annual GDP by £3 billion.

These finding highlight the potential benefits associated with the circular economy – “one in which used material is not regarded as waste but as a resource, to be reused first, as that is the most efficient option, and then recycled as necessary.” (Guardian, 2013)

For the complete article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jun/11/recycling-industry-10000-jobs-2020?CMP=twt_fd

For the full report: http://www.esauk.org/esa_reports/Circular_Economy_Report_FINAL_High_Res_For_Release.pdf

6Jun2013

Waste management: are facilities managers now taking up the challenge?

It might not be sexy, but effective waste management is crucial to businesses as they can save an estimated £22 billion on an annual basis by cutting out wasteful practices (FM World, 2013).

It might not be sexy, but effective waste management is crucial to businesses as they can save an estimated £22 billion on an annual basis by cutting out wasteful practices (FM World, 2013).

It is therefore understandable that manufacturing, hospitality, aviation and retail companies that traditionally produce a lot of waste have embraced the cost saving practices of segregating waste materials on site into recyclable waste streams to reduce what ultimately goes to landfill.

This is allowing them to make significant savings because the landfill tax rise means it costs businesses £72 per tonne of waste sent to landfill.

However, FM World reports that businesses in other sectors, such as property management, have been more reluctant to develop effective waste management practices due to a lack of available space, the ability to pass waste management costs onto the customer or a lack of interest from senior management.

As a result, budget conscious facilities managers that acknowledge their corporate social responsibilities must now fight an uphill battle to increase efficiency and reduce costs by developing waste management strategies that promote stakeholder buy-in, while focusing on key issues such as:

  • Increasing recycling
  • Separating high value materials
  • Introducing a zero waste to landfill initiative

WAMITAB recognises the link between effective facilities management, and effective waste management – providing qualifications in both disciplines, and combining units to develop dedicated programmes to support Facilities Managers as they take up the mantel and address the resource efficiency of their businesses. Visit http://www.wamitab.org.uk/pg/wamitab-facilities

For further information visit: http://www.fm-world.co.uk/features/feature-articles/waste-not-want-not1/

4Jun2013

The Food Service Industry could save £722 million per year by reducing food waste

Food waste in pubs, hotels and restaurants could be significantly reduced by offering more options and smaller portions, according to new research by WRAP.

The study of consumer opinion found that over 50% of us leave food uneaten because portion sizes are too big or we've ordered too much when eating out. A further 44% of respondents stated that they found large portions off-putting and would usually leave side dishes of chips, salad and vegetables. As a result, 53% of respondents would like to see more choice on menus to reduce this waste.

For more information on what WRAP is doing to reduce food waste in the hospitality sector visit: http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/more-half-diners-say-more-choice-and-smaller-portions-could-cut-food-waste-new-research-show 

 

13May2013

Inside Careers - Waste and Resource Management

Inside Careers provide a wide range of graduate jobs and specialist careers advice for graduates, undergraduates and school leavers, online and in six printed career guides widely available in universities across the UK. Find out how WAMITAB got involved!

The latest version of www.insidecareers.co.uk includes a dedicated Energy and Utilities section - a first for the organisation. WAMITAB have supported this development by providing a number of articles related to the Resource Management Sector, the people working within it, and the roles and responsibilities available to graduatues, undergraduates and school leavers.

Please use the following links to access the WAMITAB articles available:

http://www.insidecareers.co.uk/professions/energy-utilities/advice/skills-training/waste-management-industry-training-advisory-board-qualifications/

http://www.insidecareers.co.uk/professions/energy-utilities/advice/employee-profile/compliance-technical-assistant-fgs-agri-ltd/

http://www.insidecareers.co.uk/professions/energy-utilities/advice/employee-profile/external-verifier-wamitab/

16Apr2013

Waste Training Courses Helping Unemployed

Waste recruitment specialists Smart Solutions launched a new training division in September 2012 – Smart Development – to offer pre-employment courses in sectors such as waste management for people who have been unemployed for six months or more.

http://www.letsrecycle.com/news/special-reports/recycling-sector-training-launched-for-unemployed

5Mar2013

WEEE gets reuse boost with best practice standard

The world's first certification scheme to promote the reuse of used and waste electrical and electronic equipment (UEEE & WEEE) has been launched this week.

to see the full report on edie.net click here: http://www.edie.net/news/5/WEEE-get-reuse-boost-with-best-practice-standard/