NEWS RELEASE - For Immediate Release - 18 March 2019The Environment Agency has announced that changes to the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 mean that operators of permitted waste facilities will need to include details of which technical competence scheme they are complying with in their waste returns in future.
For those who subscribe to the CIWM/WAMITAB Operator Competence Scheme this includes the name and date of birth of the Technically Competent Managers (TCM) for the permitted facility on each waste return. This information will allow the Agency to conduct some desk-based regulatory activity prior to planning site visits.
WAMITAB envisage that they will do this in a number of ways:
- Analysing returns across all permitted sites to determine those who are using the same TCM, and subsequently determining the physical and logistical implications of those multi-site TCM’s to ensure that time-on-site requirements are able to be routinely met;
- Identifying trends that may be present where TCM’s operate across a number of permitted sites;
- Monitoring changes between TCM’s at sites over time, and impacts this may have on site compliance;
- Verifying TCM data by accessing the WAMITAB QuartzWeb database. The database allows Regulators to search for an individual’s Operator Competence data, including name, date of birth, date of registration and date of certification for both primary qualifications and continuing competence. This means that the validity of TCM data provided on returns can be immediately checked in just a few clicks – a tool available at permit application, waste return or any other regulatory intervention.
Katie Cockburn, Head of Qualifications at WAMITAB said:
‘We strongly believe that the qualifications which underpin the Operator Competence Scheme offer opportunities to professionalise, strengthen and protect the industry and its many employees; and working alongside the Regulators in both England and Wales to ensure that these qualifications and certificates are not subject to fraudulent activity has been a key focus for us in recent months. This has included the provision of QuartzWeb access to more Agency enforcement officers than ever before, the introduction of QR codes on WAMITAB certificates which link directly to WAMITAB learner records and plans for training sessions with regulatory personnel to ensure that the Operator Competence Scheme is applied consistently.’
Chris James, WAMITAB CEO, concluded:
‘It is WAMITAB’s business to provide high-quality qualifications to the waste and resource management industry; it is the business of the Environment Agency to enforce these Operator Competence requirements; but it is the business of every permitted waste facility to ensure the safety and health of their employees and their environment, and we can only do this by working together to achieve a positive and common goal.’
Forthcoming changes to the Continuing Competence TestWe have made some minor changes to the syllabus for Continuing Competence, and the new syllabus is available on the Continuing Competence page of the website - click on the Revision button and scroll down the page. There will also be a new question bank, which will go live at the Pearson VUE Test Centres from Friday 1st March 2019. If your test is booked on or after 1st March 2019, then it is important that your revision preparation is based on the new syllabus. If you already have the copies of 2016-2018 Revision Guides, then you will see only minor changes in the topics covered so you will not need to buy copies of the new 2019-2021 Revision Guides; instead please use the free downloadable Update Sheets which capture these changes. However, please note that there have been extensive changes to the structure of Landfill Closed so we recommend purchasing the new edition of the Revision Guide to that topic. Please note if your test is scheduled on or before 28th February 2019 then you need to base your preparations on the 2016-2018 syllabus and the 2016-2018 edition of the Revision Guides. However for those with tests booked on or after 1st March 2019, the new Revision Guides for 2019-2021 are now available to purchase on the website. Background to the changes: we review the Continuing Competence syllabus every two years to ensure it reflects current legislation and practice. This latest review is an interim update; and a more comprehensive review is planned for the next Continuing Competence Test effective for 2021-2023, which will take into account potential changes that are introduced after Brexit is fully implemented. The rolling two year programme will remain in place; the expiry date will be clearly shown on your Continuing Competence certificate, eg, if you passed on 5th March 2019 then the certificate will state an expiry date of 5th March 2021. Please note that effective from 7 January 2019, the Continuing Competence test fee is £139.
Planning for the Christmas and New Year period.
The WAMITAB office will close at 3.00 pm on Friday 21st December 2018, and re-open at 9.00 am on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.
Revision Guide Orders
- All orders received by 12 noon on Friday 21st December 2019 will be processed and despatched that day; orders received after this time will not be processed until the office re-opens on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.
- The system will be available to users during the Christmas/New Year office closure but we are unable to offer any user support during that period; normal service will resume when the office re-opens on Wednesday 2nd January 2019. Please note all certificate and results processing times will begin when the office re-opens on 2nd January 2019.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy and successful New Year.
The Apprenticeship StandardThe Metal Recycling General Operative is set a level 2 and is aimed at those entering the industry working at a General Operative level. Developed by employers and suitable for use in organisations of all sizes, the Metal Recycling General Operative Apprenticeship will see apprentices taking on a wide range of different tasks and responsibilities. Apprentices will learn:
- Environmental policies, health and safety legislation, handling and sorting requirements
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Safe working practices to operate equipment
- End-of-Life Vehicles
- Weighbridge Operations
- Material Handler
- Material Classification
- Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
The End-Point AssessmentEnd-Point Assessment is the final testing phase of a Trailblazer Apprenticeship standard which must be carried out by an approved Assessment Organisation. The End-Point Assessment for the Metal Recycling General Operative is:
Multiple Choice Question Test
- 100 multiple choice questions
- 90 minutes to complete
- 3 professional discussions
- 40 minutes each
Observations / Simulations
- 3 Workplace observations / Simulations
- 40 minutes each
- Waste Resource Operative – Level 2
- H.E. Technician – Level 3
- Facilities Management Supervisor – Level 3
- Ends -For more information call WAMITAB on 01604 231950, email email@example.com or visit www.wamitab.org.uk Twitter: @WAMITAB
Notes to editors
About WAMITABWAMITAB is a specialist awarding organisation and charity that works directly with industry to shape and deliver employer-led qualifications for those working in cleaning, street cleansing, facilities management, resource management and recycling and parking from operative through to management level. With over 120 qualification pathways and 70 quality assured centres, WAMITAB offers an unrivalled specialist network to support employee development and is dedicated to delivering industry-relevant qualifications and support. Contact: Sharon Simpson T: 01604 231950 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
About apprenticeshipsAn apprenticeship is a training programme that allows the learner to gain new skills and a nationally recognised qualification while working and earning. They take one to four years to complete depending on their level. The work-based training programmes are 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. The Apprenticeship Levy came into force in April 2017. All UK employers (public, private, and third sector) with an annual pay bill of more than £3 million are required to pay the levy. The levy is set at 0.5% of an employer’s annual wage bill and is collected by HMRC alongside income tax and National Insurance. Each employer will receive an allowance of £15,000 per year to offset against the levy. This means that although the levy applies to all employers, only those with a pay bill of over £3 million will pay it. The Apprenticeship Levy is UK-wide, apprenticeship provision is a devolved policy area in the UK and each nation has different administrative arrangements for the funding and delivery of apprenticeships; this means that authorities in each of the UK nations manage their own apprenticeship programmes, including how funding is spent on apprenticeship training. Employers with operations in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales can access information about apprenticeships via the following websites:
- Northern Ireland - www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/content/apprenticeships-employers
- Scotland - apprenticeships.scot
- Wales - businesswales.gov.wales/skillsgateway/apprenticeships
Experienced AssessorsHSEC Services Ltd is looking to expand its team and is seeking qualified and experienced freelance assessors to cover various areas across England, as shown below:
- South West
- North West
Looking for a change of direction?Have you been in the waste industry for some time? Feel you need a new challenge? Interested in becoming an Assessor? We are also seeking trainee assessors to work across England, training will be provided however its vital you have a good solid waste management background, ideally across a number of sector areas. To apply for these opportunities please send a covering letter and detailed CV including details about relevant qualifications to email@example.com .
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WAMITAB President 2015 – 2018, Vice President 1997 – 2015Professor 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.”