Gold Standard for Water Conditioning Services UK Training Academy

water conditioning servicesThe Water Conditioning Services UK Training Academy was celebrating in May after being awarded one of the top accolades for training in the science-based sector.

The Daventry-based organisation, which is a HABC Approved Centre, was recognised as a Cogent Gold Standard Training Provider for its high standards and commitment to quality learning in life-sciences and water treatment sectors.

Cogent skills are an employer-led organisation, which uses government funding to meet the skills gaps within the sector through working in partnership to design fit for purpose apprenticeships, formal qualifications and training courses. The accolade of being awarded a Gold Standard by Cogent Skills firmly positions the Training Academy as a centre of choice in the delivery of science based training solutions.

Being awarded the Gold Standard by Cogent Skills marks Water Conditioning Services UK Training Academy out as one of the centres of choice for delivery for the delivery of science-based training solutions.

The Water Conditioning Services UK Training Academy (formerly B & V Training Academy) provides robust, formal training in controlling water-borne pathogens within water systems, in particular Legionella control. Water Conditioning Services UK has always firmly believed that they can best support their customers through providing comprehensive training programmes to ensure they get the most out of the services and chemicals supplied to them.

Part of the Training Academy’s commitment to delivering high quality training solutions led to partnerships with external awarding organisations, including Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) to develop brand new formal qualifications in Legionella control.

The development of new formal Ofqual accredited qualifications for legionella control has also grabbed the attention of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) who have recognised the value that SUEZ environnement have provided to the industry in the development of regulated training solutions.

The Training Academy has already been recognised as finalists for a H&V News Award and a Northamptonshire Business Excellence Award last year, and were successful in winning the Medilink East Midlands Collaboration with the NHS Award.

Sarah Pallett, Head of Training Academy Water Conditioning Services UK, said, ‘The Training Academy has a clear focus and commitment to being the best provider of training and development within the water industry. As we expand our portfolio of qualifications and courses we recognise that our expertise lies firmly within the water treatment industry and will not deviate from this core provision. We are committed to working collaboratively with key stakeholders, regulators and customers to provide innovative new training solutions in water hygiene and water management’.

B & V Group put their gladrags on for charity

B & V Group have recently had the chance to put their gladrags on and dance the night away for the NC TLC Trust, which is a charity raising money to support families affected by childhood cancer.

The NC TLC Trust held a black and white masquerade ball at the Park Inn Hotel, Northampton, on 18 October 2014, with Sarah Pallett, B & V Group’s Marketing Manager representing the B & V Water Treatment Foundation, who have been supporting the charity throughout the year.

The B & V Water Treatment Foundation is a registered charity that was set up as a result of the unique work of, and in memory to, Dr. Chris Wederall. It has been supporting the Northampton-based NC TLC Trust over the past 12 months, having sponsored its first ever children’s fantasy ball earlier in September, which gave children and families who have experienced childhood cancer the chance to take part in face painting and party games, and dress up as princes, princesses, witches and wizards!

Sarah said, ‘It was a fantastic evening and a real pleasure to support such a worthwhile charity. It is clear how much the NC TLC Trust does for their members, not only in terms of practical support, for example through their charity caravan or the special events that they hold throughout the year but also, and perhaps most importantly, through the emotional support they can provide to affected families’.

During the masquerade ball, B & V Group was also awarded the Corporal Marc Birch trophy in recognition of the support that the organisation has given to the charity.

The NC TLC Trust was established in July 2008 by Janet Walker-Smith and her husband, after their son TJ underwent treatment for leukaemia. They found that the aftercare support for families was lacking and so the Trust was founded to provide emotional and practical support to other families and children affected by childhood cancers.

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PRESS RELEASE – New qualifications to help tackle legionella

Legionella HABC imageA new suite of qualifications has been launched to help organisations prevent the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease and the multiplication of legionella bacteria.

Created by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (‘HABC’) in partnership with B & V Water Treatment – the UK’s leading independent water treatment provider – the qualifications are aimed at operatives who need to have an understanding of the disease and the measures necessary to counter it.

The HABC Level 2 Award in Legionella Awareness is split into two pathways covering cooling towers/evaporative condensers and hot and cold water system, and has been designed to aid workers in environments where legionella growth is a risk and to raise awareness of the factors associates with legionella bacteria.

Both pathways cover the health effects of Legionnaires disease, the control measures that should be in place to prevent legionella multiplying to harmful levels, and how organisations can stay compliant with the updated Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L8.

A HABC Level 3 Award in Legionella Control for Responsible Persons qualification has also been launched for those either already in the role of responsible person or aspiring to it.

It covers the effects of legionella bacteria on the body including the impact an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease would have on a working site, how to identify and control the risk associated with legionella bacteria, and how legislation and codes of practice can support its control.

It has been designed to enforce the importance of the responsible person with respect to ensuring competence of all operatives on site, in accordance with HSE ACOP L8. Both qualifications are recognised by the government’s Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF).

HABC Chief Executive, Jason Sprenger, said, ‘Legionella is still a real concern to many organisations and public agencies, so it is vital that staff have the skills and expertise to deal with it. These qualifications will provide workers with the knowledge and expertise needed to prevent the outbreak and spread of Legionnaires disease, and provide reassurance to staff and customers alike’.

Sarah Pallett, Training and Marketing Manager at B & V Water Treatment commented, ‘B & V Water Treatment is proud to have worked with HABC to develop this suite of qualifications in legionella control. It is an employer’s responsibility to ensure that all staff are suitably trained.

Having trained, knowledgeable staff becomes particularly important when controlling the risks associated with Legionella bacteria and in meeting the regulatory requirements set out in the HSE ACOP L8. These qualifications provide employers with the confidence they need to ensure they are effectively managing the risks associated with legionella’.

The qualifications cost £13 to £16 per learner depending on the number registered, and take just one day to complete.


B&V Training Academy shortlisted for ‘industry Oscars‘

One of HABC’s Approved Centres is looking forward to its own ‘Oscar night’ after being shortlisted in its industry’s most prestigious awards.

B&V Training Academy, which worked with HABC to develop qualifications in Legionella, has been nominated in the 20th ‘Training Initiative of the Year’ category at the H&V News Awards – the premier awards ceremony for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning sector.

Now the Northamptonshire-based organisation – which beat serious competition to be shortlisted – must face a Dragon’s Den style interview in front of a judging panel in London before finding out if they have been successful at the awards ceremony on 24 April 2014.

Sarah Pallett, Training Manager at B&V Training Academy, said, ‘We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for this award as it is our opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the B&V Training Academy over the last 12 months.  We are immensely proud of the Ofqual courses we have designed and implemented in Legionella awareness and Legionella control, and would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers for their support in bringing these courses to market’.

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