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.

New online service for standard rules waste permit applications
New online service for standard rules waste permit applications

You'll be able to apply for standard rules waste permits next year using a new online service. The Environment Agency is building the service on the GOV.UK website. They’re also creating new software for Agency staff to process applications.

The online service will replace the current PDF or paper forms. It should simplify the application process. The requirements and checks will remain the same.

The aim is to launch the standard rules application service in late spring or summer 2018. The plan is to extend the service in future. It should eventually cover bespoke permits, variations, deployments, transfers and surrender.

They're planning a gradual roll-out of the service. There will be a 'private beta' launch for pre-selected applicants in March and April 2018.

Opportunities to help test the new system

The Agency has already tested prototypes of the new service with some permit holders. They’d now like more feedback from potential applicants. This gives you the chance to see what they are building and to help them develop a better system.

You can register an interest to test the new service or to take part in the ‘private beta’ launch. If you are selected, the testing happens over the telephone using your own computer. It should take about 45 minutes, whenever was convenient to you.

Register your interest

Register your interest here - https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WAMITAB1/

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.

Upcoming Changes to WAMITAB Staff

This is an update about some upcoming changes to staff at WAMITAB Head Office, as we say goodbye to two longstanding members of staff: Gill Thomas, Quality Auditor, and Janet Western, Applications Administrator.

Quality Assurance

Gill will be leaving WAMITAB on Thursday 8th June to take up a similar role with another awarding organisation, which is both closer to home and a two-day week contract. Gill has been an integral part of the WAMITAB team for the past six years, and has made a significant contribution to the high quality delivery of qualifications to the sectors that we represent.

We have taken this opportunity to review the present quality assurance provision and are currently recruiting for two positions to support the quality assurance function within WAMITAB; and will inform you of these appointments in due course.

We plan to divide the function across two separate roles, to enhance our continuing commitment to quality and validity values and to better support the divergent nature of our qualifications and products; recognising the different requirements for taught and tested versus work-based qualifications.

In the interim, Quality Assurance issues should be directed to Katie Cockburn (Qualifications Manager). Centre applications and commercial developments should be directed to either Sharon Simpson (Project Manager) or Mark Hyde (Commercial Director).

Administrative Support

Janet is also leaving WAMITAB in June to work at a recently opened Suez site closer to home, which will afford her much less time wasted grappling with Northampton’s busy roads! Janet has supported Centres and the Environment Agency over the past 10 years, through the evolution of WAMITAB qualifications, and her expertise and enthusiasm will be missed. Janet’s final day at WAMITAB will be Friday 9th June.

Continuing Competence and Operator Competence Scheme qualification registrations, certificate claims and enquiries should be directed to info.admin@wamitab.org.uk or to Liz Wykes directly.

In the short term, please be reassured that WAMITAB’s existing administrative team are structured to maintain the level of service and customer care that Centres and Learners are used to receiving. We are reviewing our long term approach to administrative support in line with the introduction of the WAMITAB Omnia system and will keep you informed of any further recruitment decisions.

We're sure you will join us in wishing both Gill and Janet well in their future endeavours, and thanking them for the time, commitment and support given to Centres across the WAMITAB Centre Network.