Christmas and New Year Holiday Closure 2019

 The WAMITAB office will close at 12.30 pm on Tuesday 24th December 2019, and re-open at 9.00 am on Thursday 2nd January 2020.

Revision Guide Orders

All orders received by 12 noon on Monday 23rd December 2019 will be processed and despatched that day; orders received after this time will not be processed until the office re-opens on Thursday 2nd January 2020.


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 Thursday 2nd January 2019. Please note all certificate and results processing times will begin when the office re-opens on 2nd January 2020.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy and successful New Year.


Consultation to gauge interest in the potential for a Level 4 Technical Waste Manager Apprenticeship
Following on from the development of the Level 2 Waste Resource Operative Apprenticeship in 2018, WAMITAB is now keen to consult with the sector to gauge interest in developing a Level 4 Technical Waste Manager Apprenticeship.

Part of the consultation will be seeking support from those employers in the sector who would like to contribute towards the development of such an Apprenticeship. The consultation process will require representatives from all types of organisations so please also consider whether you could contribute your time in any way and provide contact details if you would like to be involved with the process going forwards.

Please take just a few minutes to compete the consultation below:


For more information on developing Apprenticeship Standards, please see the Institute for Apprenticeship and Technical Education website

Deadline: 5.00 pm Friday 29th November 2019

Share your views
As part of a project supported through the Ufi Charitable Trust's VocTech funding stream, WAMITAB is currently conducting a Discovery Phase of a development project to identify potential barriers to learning in the Waste and Resource Management Sector, and how these barriers could be overcome by innovative and accessible online learning solutions to meet employer needs and engage employees from Operative to Director level.

We are keen to learn the views of those working in the sector to inform the next steps for the project and would be grateful if you would take a few minutes to download and complete this short survey and then return it to info.admin@wamitab.org.uk and put VocTech Survey as the Subject.

The survey will also be available until 5.00 pm on Friday 27th September.

VocTech Survey Questions_Format Employees V2 - Sep 2019

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.

Visit WAMITAB at RWM 2019 – Stand S67

NEC, Birmingham

Wednesday 11th September and Thursday 12 September 2019

Show open from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm each day

WAMITAB's qualifications support competence and compliance in waste and recycling operations.

Established by key stakeholders in the waste industry in 1989, WAMITAB is a specialist awarding organisation and charity that develops qualifications from operative through to management level for those working in resource management and recycling; cleaning and street cleansing; facilities management and parking.

WAMITAB has maintained a clear focus on promoting and supporting environmental sustainability, working with industry leaders to shape and deliver people development to support technical competence. WAMITAB offers 120 regulated qualification pathways, delivered through a network of over 70 quality-assured centres, as well as on-the-job assessment tools and an accreditation service for in-house training schemes to embed a culture of safety and progression.

WAMITAB is sponsoring the Panel Sessions (in Theatre 10) at the event, why not join in the debate?
The panel programme for the two days of the show is shown below - and full details can be found on the show website www.rwmexhibition.com

Wednesday 11th September 2019
11.00 – 12.00 Waste World Equality Panel
12.00 – 12.45 Deposit & Refund: Where Do We Go From Here?
13.00 – 13.45 Legislation Briefing - Understanding Technical Competence Requirements
14.00 – 14.45 UN Sustainable Development Goals…What are they? And where do we stand with them?
15.00 – 15.45 Operations Briefing: Future Skills: Changing Sector and Changing Skills Needs
16.00 – 16.45 Policy Briefing: Impact of Brexit … People, Funding, Skills & Innovation: The Sector Response

Thursday 12th September 2019
11.00 – 12.00 Sector Expansion and Convergence: Multi-skilling
12.00 – 12.45 Effects of Digitisation on People and Business Performance
13.00 – 13.45 Deposit & Refund: Where Do We Go From Here?
14.00 – 14.45 Waste World Equality Panel
15.00 – 15.45 Millennials ... Making Waste a 'Career'

Visit WAMITAB on Stand 67

WAMITAB are seeking self-employed assessors and quality assurers
WAMITAB are looking for self employed assessors and quality assurers to work with us on Apprenticeship End-Point Assessment. We are looking for occupationally competent people with recent experience of working on varied waste and metal recycling sites. Assessors will need to have a minimum of a level 3 waste related qualification and an assessment qualification plus recent experience of on-site assessment. Assessors will be expected to work as part of a national team to assess Apprentices. Due to the nature of End-Point Assessment applicants should be able to work efficiently and methodically to tight timescales in order make robust assessment decisions. Assessors will be expected to attend training and standardisation events and commit to keeping their CPD up to date. WAMITAB will pay a competitive half day / day rate plus mileage allowance and where possible keep assessors within a 125 mile locality of their home base. Work will be available from December 2019, with an information webinar on Tuesday 6th August 2019 and a training event on Wednesday 2nd October 2019. For more information contact epa@wamitab.org.uk

SPECIALIST CALL – Waste Sector and Learning Development Specialists Wanted for Technical Advisory Group
WAMITAB is seeking to convene a group of volunteers to explore the barriers to vocational learning in the sector, and opportunities for digital advancement of the core skills, knowledge and competencies needed in the sector. The group will embody a culture of innovation, nurturing of ideas and open-minded thinking.

This is a unique opportunity to be part of a high-impact project at the forefront of waste and resource management skills development!

The EnviroHub project seeks to answer these key questions:

  • What are the characteristics and motivations of the sector and its employees?
  • What are the barriers to vocational learning in the sector, and specifically for operatives?
  • What technologies may overcome barriers and access to vocational learning?
  • What are the core skills, knowledge, competencies and behaviours needed to both maintain and transform the sector?
  • How can we utilise technology to identify organisational skills gaps and meet them at minimal time and cost?

Volunteers must be able to demonstrate that they have current skills and expertise in the waste and resource management sector, and will need to be available to participate in the following meetings:

  • Initial Webinar: 10am, Thursday 18th July 2019
  • Meeting: 10am - 2pm, Tuesday 13th August 2019 (WAMITAB Office)
  • Findings Webinar: 10am - 12noon, Thursday 29th August 2019

Employers involved in the project will be recognised in various WAMITAB marketing and promotional materials, so applicants are advised to seek the support of their employer in advance.

Attendance will be on a voluntary basis, but all travel and subsistence will be paid for by WAMITAB.

Click on the following link below to see the Terms of Reference for the Group WAMITAB EnviroHub TAG Terms of Reference

To apply to join this forward-facing focus group, click on the link below and then complete the form and submit along with a current CV to: info.admin@wamitab.org.uk

WAMITAB EnviroHub Form June 2019

Closing date for receipt of completed forms is 12 noon on Monday 8th July 2019.

WAMITAB Easter Office Closure

The WAMITAB office will be closed from 4.45 pm on Thursday 18th April 2019 and will reopen at 9.00 am on Tuesday 23rd April 2019.

Happy Easter!

WAMITAB awarded major contract by the Ministry of Justice

WAMITAB awarded major contract by the Ministry of Justice

WAMITAB (Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board) is pleased to have been selected by the Ministry of Justice as the exclusive Awarding Organisation for cleaning, facilities management and waste management qualifications across Her Majesty’s Prison Service establishments in England and Wales. Following a transition period from August 2018, the contract officially goes live from Monday 1st April 2019. Chris James, CEO at WAMITAB said:
"We are delighted our bid was successful. WAMITAB’s work with the prison sector has become a key strand of our activities over the last five years. We are known for supporting learners to make more of their lives; embedding literacy and numeracy skills into our waste management, recycling and cleaning qualifications. There are some 120 prisons in England and Wales, each with a need for waste management and cleaning services. Neither cleaning nor waste management are innate skills, they must be learned. Moreover to do it properly requires structured training, practice and assessment. We take this very seriously. Perhaps more than most and probably this is why our bid was successful."
WAMITAB is working closely with the prison estate to agree national strategies for waste, cleaning and facilities management to not only support delivery of qualifications but also to help establish clear pathways to employment opportunities. In terms of the skills and competencies needed, this starts with working with employers to understand where skills shortages exist, the type of qualifications required and sharing with them the potential benefits of partnership working with the prison service. Mark Hyde, Commercial Director, who has led on the prison programme for a number of years, explained:
"With recruitment a real challenge in our sectors and, that challenge potentially increasing as the impact of Brexit takes hold, WAMITAB is committed to supporting the links between the prisons and employers.Individuals going through the prison system will achieve relevant vocational qualifications as well as practical experience through the delivery of waste or cleaning services in prison and those who are keen to progress into employment in the sector will be supported every step of the way. We have already had some successes with this model in prisons in the Midlands and see this contract as a great opportunity to roll this out nationally. We have established a team within WAMITAB who can offer employers support to navigate what can be a complex area."

Waste Returns: A Powerful Tool in the Regulatory Arsenal?

NEWS RELEASE - For Immediate Release - 18 March 2019

The 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.
WAMITAB welcomes this evolution of waste regulation, and can foresee that this has the potential to become a powerful tool in the Agency’s plans to ensure focussed, effective and risk-based regulation. We have worked with the Agency to ensure that a key aspect of this regulatory control, the ability to check the validity of qualifications and continuing competence achievements, is available to enforcement officers nationally at any time.

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.’

The Cleaning Show, 19-21 March 2019, Excel London
Representatives from WAMITAB will be available on the three days of The Cleaning Show at Excel, London. 

Find us on the British Cleaning Council Stand - C40.

To pre-register for entrance tickets to the show click here.

Information about how to get Excel here.

We look forward to seeing you there.