Category Archives: Training

CoTC WAMITAB Award

Are you aware that Albion Environmental is an experienced provider of Waste Management Qualifications?

We can assist individual’s in gaining an award which will benefit both themselves and their employer at a cost-effective price.

Whether you are new to the industry and wish to gain a qualification or if you wish to gain recognition of your knowledge and experience through a qualification, then Albion can assist you.

These qualifications cover a wide range of waste management processes from the storage and transfer of waste to the treatment of it. This would be for both non-hazardous and hazardous waste. A more detailed list of the qualifications can be found at our website (https://www.albion-environmental.co.uk/list-of-awards).

The WAMITAB awards that we assist with are suitable for a range of sites from a car salvage yard to a waste recycling site (https://www.albion-environmental.co.uk/list-of-awards).

To provide the candidates with as much assistance as possible, we have developed and refined our methods in delivering WAMITAB qualifications, which includes providing candidates with access to a web-based e-portfolio.

The candidates will then complete the award using our online portfolio management tool, Learning Assistant.  Rather than working with bulky paper portfolios, learners and assessors access a web- based e-portfolio that contains all their relevant course materials. Learners upload evidence to the system allowing those involved in the assessment process to plan, give feedback, assess, verify, and finally award the qualification. Candidates complete evidence summary sheets and upload these to be checked regularly online by their assessor remotely. This continues until the whole portfolio is completed and they have collected all the evidence.

Once they are ready the assessor will visit to complete an “on-site” assessment of each candidate and to check that the evidence produced is Valid, Authentic, Reliable, Current & Sufficient prior to reviewing the portfolio to complete the assessment. Achievement of this qualification demonstrates competence by the learner to operate appropriately and in accordance with employment requirements within the Environmental Services Industry.

The training will be delivered by one of our experienced assessors. To ensure the highest quality of training we ensure all our trainers have the following:

•  Training qualifications – SQA HN Unit – (F81Y 33) Planning & Delivering Learning Sessions to   Groups

• Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM) Membership

•  Qualifications and experience in the subject area being taught

•  Trainers will also often be vocational qualifications assessors and hold for example SVQ Level 4

Learning and Development (including the units A1 & V1) and hold relevant professional memberships.

If you would like to undertake an award with us, or would like further information please call 01292 610428 / email Kirstie@albion-environmental.co.uk.

Albion Environmental Portal – Online Training Courses

Have you got time on your hands to further your

Knowledge and update your CPD….?

Are you on Furlough and want to prepare yourself for when you return to work…?

Then Albion Environmental can help!

We have online training courses available on our website; with variety of courses that can enhance your development to benefit both you and your employer.

The courses are on our e-learning platform and are in the form of interactive training videos.

They are divided into three categories:

  • Health & Safety
  • Business Skills
  • Health & Social Care

Below are examples of the suite of tests available within each category.

Health & Safety

  • Allergen Awareness
  • Fire Safety Awareness
  • DSE Awareness

Business Skills

  • Equality, Diversity and Discrimination
  • Personal License Holder

Health & Social Care

  • Autism Awareness
  • Dignity and Privacy
  • Principles of Communication

The cost of the courses varies between £15 – £125 per course.

You can trial the courses by completing the first section before purchasing the complete course.

You can access the courses by registering (for free!) on the Albion Environmental Portal https://portal.albion-environmental.co.uk/ ; then you receive an email confirmation with your username and password.

If this sounds like the CPD update you need, or would like further information please call 01292 610428 / email Kirstie@albion-environmental.co.uk.

Safety Health and Environmental Awareness (SHEA) Waste and Resource Management Passport

We are delighted to advise that we have two fully qualified and experienced trainers ready to deliver the Safety Health and Environmental Awareness (SHEA) Waste and Resource Management Passport course which is a new scheme supported by SWITCH, to improve Health and Safety in the sector.

Aligned to the SWITCH competence framework the SHEA Passport is:

  • Affiliated with Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS).
  • Ensures staff can demonstrate appropriate levels of Health, Safety & Environmental awareness.

To find out how one company used it to improve their Health and Safety and training across their operation please click here.

In response to the current emergency situation, EU Skills have announced that SHEA training and assessment can temporarily be delivered remotely via an ‘e-Classroom’. Albion are now looking in to the potential of offering this remote training to our customers.

For our experienced Trainers, the principles of remote training delivery for SHEA via an e-Classroom are the same as those for a physical classroom:

The Trainer and individuals can talk and interact with each other in real time:

  • The design, content and structure of the SHEA training – and the final assessment – is the same.
  • The same training materials are used (e.g. the same SHEA PowerPoint slides used in a physical classroom).
  • Individuals must pass a final assessment – albeit controlled, delivered and taken remotely.
  • Individuals are there to learn and pass the assessment to get their SHEA EUSR registration.

The scheme consists of 8 modules in total covering core health, safety and environmental topics outline below.

There are 8 mandatory modules for the Waste Management industry:

  • Introduction to the waste sector
  • Legislation, regulation and company procedures
  • Health & Safety in the workplace
  • What happens if things go wrong?
  • Occupational Hazards & Consequences
  • Onsite risks & Precautions
  • The environment
  • Waste collection: Drivers and operatives (waste specific module)

This course is designed for employees requiring access to Waste Management sites. Successful completion of the qualification will result in a SHEA EUSR card that will also features the SWITCH logo.

If you wish to discuss the delivery of this course in your organisation please do not hesitate to contact Kirstie 01292 610428 or email Kirstie directly for more information.

Visit our website for more info and courses we can deliver to assist you in keeping your staff up to date and ready to hit the road once the current Covid-19 situation stabilises.

Update for all WAMITAB COTC Candidates 16th April 2020

We are delighted to report that all WAMITAB COTC training and assessment work is progressing well during Covid-19.  We are getting candidates inducted fully via remote links and we are working through all the candidate work being uploaded by candidates.  Internal verification is progressing as normal and awarding bodies such as SQA and WAMITAB are working as normal so we are receiving candidate certificates through.

We are trying to make sure we cover all the options for candidates and have taken time to ensure candidates who are on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Retention Scheme (furlough scheme) are still able to progress their qualification.

HMRC guidance published 26 March 2020 is quite clear;

‘A furloughed employee can take part in volunteer work or training, as long as it does not provide services to or generate revenue for, or on behalf of your organisation’.

We are aware that a number of our candidates and clients have a number of employees who find themselves ‘furloughed’ due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an ideal opportunity to start, progress and complete your WAMITAB qualification.

We know that for some employee’s access to company e-mail and server have been curtailed, which may cause some problems but does not stop work fully. We have the following system in place to support these candidates;

  • Access to our online platform Learning Assistant – please contact Kirstie, your Assessment Centre Co-ordinator who will be able to assist in getting access to the portal, via another e-mail address. To contact Kirstie by email please click here
  • Another issue is you might not be able to access practical evidence stored on company/council IT systems. Although access to evidence can be problematic it is worth remembering that over 50% of most awards are achieved by demonstrating your Underpinning Knowledge of specified subjects and this is normally recorded on worksheets provided by your assessor. If you require support with this please contact your assessor or your Centre Co-ordinator.

Albion has been delivering WAMITAB assessments since 2002 and has been using online learning platform Learning Assistant for over 5 years, so we have the experience of delivering these qualifications via these platforms, and have not suddenly realised we need to modernise because of Covid-19.

So, if you need to start an award, progress an award or work towards completion, please do not hesitate to contact us. Alasdair Meldrum, Director, is always happy to take a call on which are the best qualifications for your staff to complete. To contact Alasdair by email please click here alternatively please Telephone: 07789 902678.

Please help us by sharing this message as widely as possible as our normal means of communication, particularly for staff on furlough, is not open to us.

Thank you all, stay safe!

Alasdair Meldrum

16th April 2020

Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) – Driving in the Waste Industry

Are you a driver in the Waste Industry?

Do you need your:

  • Driver CPC updated?
  • Do you work in the waste sector or move waste?

Then we have the ideal training for you.

Our JAUPT approved Driver CPC Driving in the Waste Industry course is aimed to give participants an introduction to the legislation and paperwork associated with Driving in the Waste Management Industry.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has advised that they will allow approved periodic trainers temporary authorisation to deliver approved courses remotely via digital platforms.

We know that for some during this UK wide emergency situation, training may not be a top priority, however if you need to complete your CPC training this may be a way to keep your driver’s CPC training up to date, so that when the industry is getting back to normal it will be one less area that you need to concern yourself with?

At Albion we are considering delivering this training remotely and are currently trying to gauge the size of the market.

This may be an opportunity for your staff with available capacity to arrange for their annual CPC update to take place while there is some downtime. Also, if staff have been furloughed then under the government rules, they are allowed to attend training (providing they receive the minimum wage).

Our course approved for CPC training will still need to be delivered over 7 hours; but this may be in two 3.5-hour sessions over consecutive days.

We still will need to ensure the usual conditions of course approval is met, and that any online forum is suitable for remote auditing and we will maintain appropriate records for quality assurance.

Course content and detail can be find here

The course is ideal for drivers who are either looking to work or already work in the Waste and Resource Management Industries.

At Albion, we are always looking for ways to help our customers, which is why we are confident that we can meet the requirements to deliver this remotely and wish to gauge the appetite from potential customers. 

If this is something you would be keen to explore;

Please let us know and we can set up the necessary motions to get approval for remote delivery.

Call 01292 610428 / email Kirstie@albion-environmental.co.uk for more info.