Merit Skills is a vocational training institute that aims to provide industry-relevant training in mains and service laying. With the increasing demand for skilled professionals in the construction and utility sectors, Merit Skills has designed a specialised course to equip individuals with the necessary knowledge and hands-on expertise.
To ensure the course's relevance, Merit Skills collabor...Read more
The demand for clean and safe water is increasing as the global population rises. In response to climate change and technological advancements, the water industry is experiencing significant transformation. This includes not only changes in water treatment and delivery, but also in the way professionals are trained. In this article, we will explore the future of training in the water industry, foc...Read more
As we all know, the workplace can be a hazardous environment, especially if you are required to lift, push, pull, or carry heavy loads. Manual handling injuries are the leading cause of workplace injuries and lost work time. These injuries can lead to chronic pain, disability, and even death. Manual handling injuries affect not only the worker but also their families, the employer, and the wider c...Read more
We are pleased to welcome Michael Smith to our Leakage and Distribution training team. Michael will be providing training to many of our clients within the water industry, but first here is a bit about him -
After serving an apprenticeship as a vehicle technician and spending 7 years within the automotive industry, I decided that it wasn't for me and that I wanted to follow in my father and gra...Read more
We are happy to welcome Gary Armstrong to our Health and Safety training team. With a long history in health and safety Gary brings years of experience and knowledge to our team.
After deciding halfway through my A levels that more education wasn’t for me, and that earning was much more important, I decided to join the Royal Air Force as a ground engineer. What was an initial 9-year commitment,...Read more
Legionnaires' disease is a serious lung infection caused by the Legionella bacteria, which can be found in water systems such as hot tubs, cooling towers, and spas. The recent outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease in the UK have highlighted the importance of regular maintenance and management of water systems, as well as the need for adequate training to prevent the spread of the disease.
Working in confined spaces can be dangerous, especially when it comes to medium-risk spaces. These are areas that present a risk of injury or illness, such as tanks, silos, or sewers. To ensure workers' safety in these environments, employers must provide proper training.
Training is essential to keep workers safe in medium risk confined spaces. It can help workers to recognise the potential ha...Read more
Chris Stanyer joins the team at Merit Skills as Operational Manager, before he gets too busy, we have got him to tell you a bit about himself.
I started off my working life as a young 15/16-year-old lad working for a narrowboat holiday company, emptying the toilets every Saturday morning with a 40ft suction hose and filling up the freshwater tanks with an even longer hosepipe, obviously being c...Read more
With a lot of hard work from the Merit Skills team, we are proud to announce that we have met the criteria for the governments Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP).
The RoATP is an entry route for businesses and employers who want to deliver apprenticeship training. It plans to moderate the quality of apprenticeships and provide assurance to employers, learners, and the governm...Read more
Water companies discharged raw sewage into coastal waters used by the public over 5,000 times in the last year.
The discharges, through storm overflows, went on to beaches and into rivers that were supposed to be the some of the cleanest and safest in the world, these areas are frequented by the public and tourists alike.
Storm overflows are supposed to be used in emergencies to ease pressur...Read more
An ageing workforce and increased demand will soon start to affect the treatment and supply of clean and waste water.
The water industry predicts that 63,000 vacancies will need to be filled during the next decade. This is due to 61,000 existing employees either approaching retirement or leaving through normal staff turnover to find new roles and an estimated 2,000 new jobs will be created.
Merit Skills can now offer CITB Accredited training courses, these include SMSTS, SSSTS, SSP courses.
After a thorough inspection and multiple interviews Merit Skills is please to announce we have been awarded CITB Accreditation, allowing us to deliver a variety of vital Health and Safety courses such as:
- Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme – SSSTS
- Site Supervisors Safety Training S...