TRAINING A CLEAR LEGAL REQUIREMENT

If you are an employer, you will know that you have a legal obligation to train your operators.      

Firstly you must decide whether you wish to have your own in-house instructor or whether you prefer to employ the services of a commercial training organisation. Either way, the scheme is very well placed to provide you with all the advice and help you might need.

‘The Training Scheme’ will not accept a company or an individual instructor as a member unless they are monitored and can provide evidence of their qualifications and competence.

Registered Training Organisations and Instructors have shown a particular commitment to our scheme and we would commend them to you. Once you have decided to go ahead with training, you should ask yourself some basic questions:

Will the training satisfy my own needs, be flexible and meet the demands of the Health & Safety at Work Act. 1974 to provide adequate training for employees and In addition does it meet all other relevant legislation such as the Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998?

If you use this scheme, the answer will be ‘yes’, but remember that employers must ensure that even after basic training and assessment there is still a need for specific job and familiarisation training.

Is there a legal requirement to register my employees with the CITB?

No, the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, the Provision & Use of Work equipment Regulations 1998 requires an employer to provide adequate training.    The scheme allows employers to certificate operators across a broader range of skills and competences than those offered by the CITB and at a much lower cost.   The CITB scheme (CPCS) like ‘The Training Scheme’ is one of many that meet the requirements of health & safety legislation. 

Where can you obtain training?

The scheme registers a professional group of trainers, dedicated to improving standards of training. Within its membership there is a mass of skill, knowledge and experience, unmatched in the training industry and this includes not only every conceivable type of plant, but also cranes earthmoving equipment and health & safety skills. Members with their own training centres can normally also provide instructor training.

What will it cost?

As with most things you get what you pay for. You may not necessarily find our members to be the cheapest, but they are the best. They have committed themselves to high standards and you can be sure of good value for money.

What do you get for your money?

Any advice you receive will be from a competent trainer

The trainer has agreed to be bound by a strict Code of Conduct (described below) and all instructors used are properly qualified and registered. Scheme members agree to be independently monitored at any time without warning.

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