Category Archives: WAMITAB

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.

Continuing Competence Update

WAMITAB have provided us with an update for those individuals whose 2-year deadline occurred after March 2020 and have been unable to undertake the test due to tests centre being closed as a result of Covid-19 lockdown.  WAMITAB have now extended the deadline for individuals to renew their Continuing Competence to 30th September 2020.

As all Pearson-VUE test centres begin to re-open, WAMITAB request that individuals schedule their tests as soon as possible., however they are aware that at this moment in time there will be limited availability.

If you wish to undertake some practice Mock Competence tests before undertaking the actual test, then Albion Environmental can assist. We have a mock competence test available to you on our website completely free of charge and can be accessed as many times as you wish. All you have to do is complete a simple registration form (https://www.albion-environmental.co.uk/continuing-competence-mock-test) which will allow you access.

For any further information please contact Kirstie on 01292 610428 / email Kirstie@albion-environmental.co.uk for more info.

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

Gordon McGuigan and Phil McFadyen being presented their WAMITAB COTC certificates at Barr Killoch Depot

Alasdair Meldrum, Director Albion Environmental Ltd was delighted to visit Barr Environmental Killoch Depot to formally present Gordon McGuigan and Phil McFadyen their respective WAMITAB Certificate of Technical Competence in Managing Hazardous Open Landfill and Managing Transfer station non hazardous qualifications.  Barr Environmental Ltd have a strong focus on staff development and are keen to offer training and development opportunities for all staff within their organisation. Albion Environmental Ltd are delighted to continue to support their needs with a range of training courses.

Albion would like to congratulate the staff on their hard work and dedication required to complete this qualification. We also thank Gordon Whiteford – Operations Director for his ongoing commitment to developing all his staff to improve Health, Safety and Environmental training across their company.