Merit Skills is now a CITB Approved Training Organisation (ATO)

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...
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End Point Assessments to Stay Digital

Apprenticeship providers will now have the opportunity to continue using remote delivery for apprenticeship assessments permanently.

During the Covid-19 pandemic the apprenticeship sector has made many vital temporary changes to ensure that learners and providers can continue to complete their programmes effectively, however now the institute for apprenticeships has announced that seven of the ...

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How can the Water Operations and Management course benefit you

The CABWI Level 4 Diploma in Water Operations and Management is a qualification for developing leadership skills and credentials within the global water industry.

The graduate diploma course seeks to develop knowledge across all aspects of the water industry from a leadership perspective. While students will cover the fundamentals of water resource management, water treatment, water distributio...

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Operations Manager Joins the Merit Skills Team

Stewart Lawrence joined Merit Skills at the beginning of 2020 but we've kept him too busy to write a news article for the website!

Stewart joins with nearly 15 years experience in the secondary education sector, he has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to government funding & quality practices.

After starting my working life in the construction industry as an apprentice Plumber I worked in...

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New Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard for the Water Industry

Many of the largest water industry employers have been working together to create the Water Process Operative standard and ensure that it fully incorporates the key aspects when working within a water treatment facility.

The Water Process Operative Level 2 apprenticeship standard focuses on aspects of both clean water treatment and waste water treatment core units. These consist of operating tr...

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Merit Skills expands team with Health and Safety Specialist

Andrew Kirkman joins Merit Skills from a brief period of being a home maker.

I have over 24 years’ experience in health and safety, of which 15 years’ in health and safety management, with 7 years in further and higher education, 6 years in training and consultancy work, working primarily with the construction industry.

During my career I spent 20 years in the Royal Air Force Regiment, mana...

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Streetworks is Changing

NRSWA accredited Streetworks is updating the way in which they assess. Keeping in line with the rapidly evolving world, from the 1st of June 20121 all Streetwork assessments will now be completed digitally by accredited centres.

What does this mean?

This is the start of a process aiming to improve the candidates experience when completing assessments, removing the need for paper and allo...

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Learning and Development Advisor Joins The Team

Sally Dunwell joins us from Watertrain Ltd.

I started my career at Yorkshire Water, in 1998 on the graduate training scheme, following graduation from Birmingham University with an MSc Water Resources Management and Technology. Initially in the clean water business unit, I subsequently had roles in Regional Engineering and Research and Development before joining the catalyst team.

In my new ...

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The skills gap in the water industry

The latest Winter Edition for the Institute of Water Magazine has been showcasing the ever expanding skills shortage that has been developing within the water industry. A continually ageing workforce has created opportunities to start a varied and rewarding career in the water industry that could last a lifetime.

Merit Skills works with the major water companies around the country, providing th...

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Water Industry Pipelaying Appreciation, how can it help you?

Merit Skills has been running our Water Industry Pipelaying Appreciation, this course has been designed to give support staff who interact with the workforce and technical staff involved in the supervision of main laying & service laying projects a greater understanding of water industry pipelaying skills & water networks.

Recently we have been running the course for many of our customer within...

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Rising Stars of the Water Industry - Apply Now!

Are you new to the water industry and feel you have potential and appetite to progress?

The Institute of Water is now looking for its Rising Stars of 2019.

The Rising Stars programme brings together a collection of unique opportunities, designed to develop the skills and professional excellence of new industry talent.

The Institute of Water is dedicated to supporting the careers of people...

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What is a hazard?

A hazard is something or someone that has the potential to cause harm.

So why do those that assess risk in the workplace get confused when indentifying hazards?

One of the most important aspects of your risk assessment is accurately identifying the potential hazards in your workplace. A good starting point is to walk around your workplace and think about any hazards. In other words, what is ...

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