WAMITAB office will be closed all day on Wednesday 29th August 2018 for a staff training event
The office will reopen again on Thursday 30th August 2018 at 9.00 am and close at 5.00 pm.

Professor John Donaldson standing down after 21 years’ service with WAMITAB

WAMITAB President 2015 – 2018, Vice President 1997 – 2015

Professor John Donaldson has recently retired as President of WAMITAB having served for over 21 years, first as Academic Vice President and latterly as President.

In 1997 Professor Donaldson was appointed Academic Vice President (VP) of WAMITAB; serving alongside John Fergusson (VP) and the President, Lord Gregson, and subsequently Lord Lewis “Jack”, with whom he shared significant academic interest. In 2015, Professor Donaldson was appointed President of WAMITAB.

John’s contribution to WAMITAB cannot be underestimated, it would be fair to say that without John’s consistent level-headed support and direction WAMITAB would not be in the strong position it is today.

John’s achievements as an academic in the field of chemistry and waste management have been outstanding. His firmly held belief that the industry needs an independent skills body has been reflected through many years of service and evidenced by the continuity of WAMITAB.

Commenting, Chris James, CEO at WAMITAB said: “We have been very fortunate to have John’s support and insight to help to guide WAMITAB’s development. Sadly, WAMITAB does not have the powers to confer fellowships, companionships or knighthoods and instead we simply and humbly thank John for 21 years of service and express the hope that he keeps in touch.”

Picture above shows Professor John Donaldson with the engraved quaich presented in honour of his service to WAMITAB

About Professor Donaldson

Professor John Donaldson (BSc, PhD, DSc, CSci, FRSC, CChem, Hon FCIWM, FRSA) is a Professor Emeritus of both Brunel and City universities and is currently a visiting professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College. Following lecturing appointments in chemistry at the University of Aberdeen and Chelsea College and as a reader at the University of London, John's professorial career began in 1980 at City University. He moved to Brunel University in 1990 where he set up the centre for environmental research, which gained a worldwide reputation for postgraduate training before his research arm of the centre with Professor Sue Grimes moved to Imperial College. More than 100 researchers have obtained doctorate degrees working under his supervision, over 30 post-doctoral workers have worked in his laboratories and he has published over 250 scientific papers.

EWS Training Recruiting Experienced Assessors
EWS Training are urgently seeking both permanent and freelance assessors to cover the South and Southeast of England. Experience of WAMITAB qualifications up to Level 4 is essential. We are also seeking trainee assessors to work across the same area, training will be provided including sponsorship for a recognised assessor qualification however experience of the waste industry is essential. Please contact Paul Robson (Centre Manager) for more information on 01622 737586 or paulrobson@ews-training.co.uk

Webinar: Apprenticeship End-Point Assessment Tuesday 27th March 2018 – 10.00-10.45 am
Join WAMITAB CEO Chris James and Training and Assessment Manager Karen Slade, who  will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday 27th March at 10.00 - 10.45 am. If you would like to find out more about Apprenticeship End-Point Assessment and WAMITAB's intention to offer this service to the Waste and Facilities Management sector then register your interest today.

Who should join?

WAMITAB would like to hear from those in our wider network who are:
  • Approved Apprenticeship training providers, or those wishing to be so with an interest in delivering Apprenticeships  in the Waste and Facilities Management sector
  • Assessors and Internal Quality Assurers who have experience in the Waste and Facilities Management sector
  • Industry experienced professionals operating at a supervisory level or above who would be interested in becoming an End-Point Assessor, or who may wish to assist in the development phase of our End-Point Assessment offer

What will be included?

  • The Trailblazer Apprenticeship
  • End-Point Assessment journey in more detail
  • WAMITAB Assessment End-Point Assessment Organisation
  • The standards we may apply to assess
  • Assessors / IQA Expressions of Interest
  • Opportunity to ask questions

Registering Interest

If you are interested in finding out more about this exciting opportunity then email karen.slade@wamitab.org.uk in the first instance who will then forward you the link details for the webinar. Don’t worry if you can’t attend on the day, the webinar will be recorded and available to access after the event.

Continuing Competence Test – Snow Notice – 1 March 2018
Guidance from Pearson Vue Test Centres In instances like this we would advise candidates to contact our Customer Service Team (0161 855 7316) as they can advise the current situations with the site (Some may be forced to close). We will then assess the situation via weather reports and if valid we will offer a free reschedule.

Teachers caught cheating on OCR exams
A recent article in The Sunday Times revealed that nearly 2,300 malpractice offences were committed by staff in schools, colleges and other centres offering OCR exams between 2012 and 2016. Read the full article here: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/feb/11/thousands-of-teachers-caught-cheating-to-boost-exam-results

To prevent similar instances occurring with WAMITAB exams, all approved centres must comply with the WAMITAB Regulations for the Conduct of Multiple Choice Tests which state that tests must be supervised by an invigilator who is not the tutor or trainer.

WAMITAB cements plans to become an End point Assessment Organisation
WAMITAB is pleased to announce the appointment of Karen Slade to a newly created role as Training and Assessment Manager with responsibility to develop the organisation’s plans to seek approval to become an End-point Assessment Organisation.

Speaking about the new venture, Chris James, CEO at WAMITAB, said: “We are committed and keen to be involved in the assessment process for the new apprenticeship standards. Whilst the standards for the sectors in which we operate, waste and resource management, cleaning and facilities management are still in development, we consider it important that we are organised and prepared for when they become available. Employers in the sector will welcome the opportunity to work with a familiar face who understands the workplaces they operate in.”

He continued: “We are pleased to have Karen as part of the WAMITAB team, as she has knowledge of WAMITAB’s market offer and has gained valuable experience of managing qualifications in a wider setting.”

Karen has a broad background in Learning and Development and Assessment including Apprenticeships. Karen has come from a regional employers’ organisation that supports the local authorities of the South West, where she was responsible for providing end-to-end candidate support for all those undertaking qualifications with ILM, Pearson and WAMITAB.

In her new role, Karen will be reporting to Mark Hyde, Commercial Director at WAMITAB, who said: “We are pleased to welcome Karen to the WAMITAB team, to strengthen our offer in the apprenticeship market and also to broaden our portfolio to reflect the changes in the world of education and skills. Whilst we wait for the new apprenticeship standards to be available it is still business as usual for the existing apprenticeship frameworks in our sector in England.”

In May 2017 Trailblazer apprenticeship standards were launched in England along with a different funding mechanism that sees employers with a wages bill of over £3m making a contribution in the form of the Apprenticeship Levy. The change includes a gradual transition from the old frameworks to the new apprenticeships standards, which contain information on on-programme training and an end-point assessment to confirm apprentices have demonstrated that they have met the standard. It is a requirement that an independent EPA organisation must carry out the end-point assessment of each apprentice to ensure a robust and true outcome.

WAMITAB is in the early stages of developing our offer to become an end-point assessment organisation, which involves the design and development of the content of the end-point assessment in line with the assessment plan. The types of assessment that could be expected are test questions, project topics or guidance for interview formats. Only organisations on the Register of Apprenticeship Assessment Organisations are able to carry out the end-point assessment. The end-point assessment process is separate to any qualifications or other assessment that the apprentice may undertake during training but they will not be able to achieve the apprenticeship without passing the end-point assessment.

Employers in the sectors are working together to design new Standards and assessment plans for apprenticeships but until these are approved for delivery, the frameworks continue to be available for employers keen to take on apprentices in waste and resource management, cleaning and facilities management. These old frameworks do not require an end-point assessment as they comprise separate vocational qualifications that are assessed in the usual way by assessors working though approved training organisations. The funding process is the same for frameworks and standards, with support accessible and funding is through the apprenticeship levy for large employers and ‘co-investment’ rate model to support employers who do not pay the levy.

WAMITAB Customer & Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey 2018
We are taking this opportunity to review our performance over the last year by asking our customers and stakeholders to complete a short survey: https://www.quicksurveys.com/s/c3J6Kj We would be grateful if you would take a few minutes to complete this survey.  The feedback you provide will remain anonymous and the information you provide will inform our approach to customer service and support during 2018-2019. The survey will be live until 5.00pm on Monday 9 April 2018.  We thank you for your time and invite you to visit our website www.wamitab.org.uk at the end of May 2018 to access the final report.

WAMITAB hosts E-Seminar to share findings from an EU-funded project to create a pan European E-waste qualification
Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is currently considered to be one of the fastest growing waste streams in the EU, growing at 3-5 % per year. WEEE contains diverse substances that pose considerable environmental and health risks if treated inadequately but the recycling of WEEE also offers substantial opportunities in terms of making secondary raw materials available on the market.

EU legislation promoting the collection and recycling of WEEE (Directive 2002/96/EC on WEEE) has been in force since February 2003 and an EU funded project under the Erasmus+ Sector Skills Alliance programme, EwasteR, began in December 2014, with the aim of identifying the skills required to process WEEE efficiently and effectively.

The EwasteR project brings together 13 partners from Cyprus, Italy, Poland and the UK to work together to develop a skills framework and pilot programme to identify and deliver the right skill set for a sustainable approach to e-waste. The three-year project started in December 2014 and is due to complete in January 2018 with the aim of emphasising the relationship between waste creation and resource management and to demonstrate the need for skills, competence and experience of entrepreneurs and managers in devising a solution and/or an appropriate intervention.

WAMITAB is hosting an E-Seminar on Tuesday 12 December 2017 at the London Videoconference Centre in Holborn, London, UK starting at 9.45 am (GMT) and finishing at 1.00 pm. The programme will be conducted in English and delivered online to facilitate easy access for participants from across Europe and beyond, allowing them to log on and learn more about the project – the registration link has been shared extensively through social media channels – Link to register for EwasteR E-Seminar - 12 December 2017.

The event will be presented in two sessions. The first session, from 9.45-11.30, will share the lessons learned from the project over the last three years, covering the curriculum development process and the findings from the pilot programmes that have taken place in each country. The second part of the programme will set the project in the wider context of WEEE reuse and recycling in Europe where legislation has been driving the increase in recycling and/or re-use of WEEE and where there has been a gradual move away from the traditional linear economy model towards a more circular economy approach where the value of products and materials is maintained for as long as possible, bringing major economic benefit and a strong focus on sustainability.

The partners in Italy, UK, Poland and Cyprus have been collaborating to create a qualifications framework at EQF Level 4, which addresses both the management and the technical skills required by those already working in WEEE reuse and recycling or seeking opportunities in the green economy.

The lead partner is Italy-based ERIFO, an accredited Vocational Education and Training (VET) provider; working with their partners: Terre di Siena Lab, Regione Toscana and Regione Lazio. WAMITAB (the Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board) has been working with their UK partners, University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and the London Community Resource Network (LCRN). In Poland the partners are The Institute of Environmental Protection – National Research Institute (IEP-NRI); Institute for Private Enterprise and Democracy and Educational Research Institute (IBE). In Cyprus the partners are Intercollege’ Cyprus Productivity Centre (CPC) and the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The final reports and outputs from the project will be available in early 2018 via the project’s website and through the partner organisations.

Season’s Greetings from All Staff
We just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you a merry Christmas and let you know that the WAMITAB Office will close for the Christmas period from lunchtime on Friday 22 December 2017. Our office will re-open at 9.00am on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.