We are hiring! Water Trainer and Assessor vacancies

We’re looking for someone who has water industry background within distribution or process and is occupationally experienced. You will be a good communicator and ideally have a background in training and assessing qualifications .You will be both professional and customer focused in your approach, maintaining and expanding the current relationships delivering apprenticeship frameworks and bespoke ...

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Commercial Director Joins Merit Skills Expanding Team

Following an early academic career Mark joined a UK based specialist engineering group as Group Projects Director. Leading international sales and manufacturing programmes he travelled extensively and included working in the USA. It was during this time that Mark realised the importance of workforce skills development and he became a group advocate for apprentice recruitment, embellishing programm...

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The Future of Post 16 Skills

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education published the Post-16 Skills Plan on 8 July 2016. The Plan is the Government’s response to the Report of the Independent Panel on Technical Education chaired by Lord Sainsbury and comprising of representatives from business, Higher Education and Further Education, as well as Alison Wolf who produced the Wolf Repor...

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Another incident that could have been avoided with the correct training

A road worker slicing his leg with a cut-off (Stihl) saw resulting in 60 stitches cost a Council £500,000. The injured person had been using the cut-off saw to cut a branch of a tree. The saw had been fitted with a blade unsuitable for the task. A manager at The London Borough of Havering had bought the blade and it had previously used for a similar task. It was found that there was generic risk a...

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Why IOSH Managing Safely can be essential to every business

A lorry driver was overcome by hydrogen sulphide in his trailer whilst unloading pig carcasses. The Hydrogen Sulphide was produced by the rotting carcasses. Two other workers were also affected by the gas after entering the trailer to rescue the driver. The driver suffered cuts and bruises and one of his colleagues spent a 5 days in hospital

Their employers, from Stoke-on-Trent, were recently f...

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Merit Skills passes the Health and Safety Audit

We are pleased to report on our successful audit of our Safety, Health, Environmental & Quality practices and procedures which was carried out by Achilles Verify. The auditor spent a day with us reviewing our processes, procedures and facilities.

Our results were as follows:

Thi...

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Ted Jackson Joins Merit Skills

Ted Jackson joined Merit Skills at the beginning of July; after several years with a national training organisation. Ted brings 18 years experience in training and assessment of water industry and health and saftey subjects. Ted is a qualified Assessor, Internal Quality Assurer (IQA) and has worked with several awarding bodies supporting both Internal Quality Control and Compliance. In recent year...

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Merit Skills Expands once more

As part of our current expansion and growth programme, Merit Skills is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Field Sales Executive, Richard Stephens who joined us on the 4 th of July.

Richard will be helping to grow the Work Based Learning part of the business, with a focus on growing the number of learners and building long term relationships with employers. Richard brings with him 8 ...

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Merit Skills Wins Water Industry Training Organisation of the Year 2016

Merit Skills Ltd was thrilled to attend the Institute of Water's President's Dinner and Awards evening at the Council House in Birmingham on Friday 13 May, where we were presented with Water Industry Training Organisation of the Year 2016. 

CABWI presented, jointly with The Energy and Utility Skills Group, three important awards recognising contributions to skills and training in the Water Indu...

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Merit Skills Appoints New Tele Marketing Executive

As we continue to further expand our team, we are pleased to announce the appointment of a Tele Marketing Executive to support the Sales and Marketing function within the business.
Elsa Neary joined us on the 11th April 2016, her main role is to support the Sales and Marketing Team to identify new business opportunities. With a focus on supporting growth in our apprenticeship provision and our...

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Career and Qualification Progression in the Water Industry

We are often asked about career and qualification progression by potential clients and learners as well as those on programme. We have put together the following diagram to help demonstrate clearly which water industry qualifications relate to each other and provide progression from Level 1-4.

You can find more information on our qualification page and on our training page regarding specific q...

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Third Party Approval for our Butt and Electro Fusion Training and Assessment

Merit Skills has recently gained approval by CABWI Awarding Body for their Butt and Electro Fusion training and assessment programme. Merit Skills provides Butt and ...

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