Top 10 Reasons to Hire an Apprentice

It's National Apprenticeship Week so here are some of the top reasons to hire an apprentice at your business:

1. An Apprenticeship is funded when the Apprentice is aged 16 to 24, this means that you as a business will not have to cover the costs of training during the duration of the apprenticeship

2. Because the Apprenticeship is funded by an external source recruitment costs will b...

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Merit Skills Team has grown once more

Merit Skills is pleased to announce the appointment of a new trainer to cater for the growing demand for our training courses

Ian Clark joined Merit Skills at the beginning of March; bringing with him twelve years experience in training and assessment of Water related subjects. Ian is a qualified Internal Quality Assurer (IQA) and has worked with several awarding bodies supporting both Internal...

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New Streetworks Cards

As of January 2016, the SWQR cards have moved onto a new improved style card that incorporates some additional security features. They have introduced a Holo Image feature and a more distinctive Street Works logo in the inference ink.

All current cards will still be valid until the expiry date on the card and candidates updating their ID cards from August onwards with receive the new style ID...

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The Merit Skills Team Continues to Expand

As we continue to develop the Merit Skills team we are pleased to announce the appointment of a Business Administrator to support our expanding team.

Hannah Desborough joined us in October to help Merit Skills improve customer service and efficiency around the office.

Bringing experience of complex business administration and working in high pressure environments, she makes a great addition ...

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Streetworks Fines

Utility companies and councils could be fined up to £5,000 a day for leaving roadworks unmanned at weekends according to the Department for Transport, the BBC reports today.

Councils and utility companies could be fined for needlessly inconveniencing drivers if they leave roadworks in place over weekends when no work was being carried out.

Fines could also be levied on contractors who le...

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Water UK Updated Guidance – Personnel Qualifications

The latest ‘Principles of Water Supply Hygiene’ guidance from Water UK has updated the recommended qualifications for constructors and operators of water networks to minimise the risk of possible contamination of supplies.

TGN2 - DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM (NEW MAINS AND SERVICES) “Laying new mains and services requires personnel to hold registration under an approved hygiene scheme and carry a v...

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Merit Skills Welcomes a New Member to the Team

As we continue to further develop our provision we are pleased to announce the appointment of an Apprenticeship Assessor to support and deliver quality learning to our apprentice and traineeship learners.

Nicola Wharam joins us from the 4th January to deliver apprenticeships in customer service and business administration as well as functional skills.

Bringing 13 years of educational experti...

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Spotlight on ... Pressure Testing

Water Industry Information and Guidance Note IGN 4-01-03 Issue 2 has recently been published. This sets out the most up to date guidance for water professionals and has been prepared with the benefit of experience gained from the original note.

One of the main reasons for the refurbishment of water distribution, transmission and sewer pressure pipelines is to replace and renovate pipes with un...

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Accreditation by the Institute of Leadership and Management

We are pleased to announce that we have recently gained accreditation by the Institute of Leadership and Management allowing us to add to our apprenticeship offering. We are now approved to offer qualifications in Team Leading and Management at levels 2 and 3 respectively. This has been in response to requests from customers and enables to offer learners progression following their original appren...

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Spotlight on ... NRSWA New Roads & Streetworks

Under the New Roads and Street Works Act (1991) (NRSWA), the installation, renewal, maintenance and inspection of underground apparatus in any streets or roads must be under the control of competent people.

Your team, working, or supervising, works in the highway could be required to hold one or more of the Street Works qualifications, depending on their job. There are sixteen units of competen...

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Spotlight on ... IOSH Working Safely

Safety needs to be in-built across every organisation. One of the best ways to do this is to ensure that your teams are trained to work safely all the time.

The IOSH (Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) Working Safely course is designed to improve the safety culture within an organisation by giving individuals a good understanding of their health and safety responsibilities, and te...

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Spotlight on ... IOSH Managing Safely

Customers ask us why they should invest in safety training. The answer is ‘Why wouldn’t you?’ Deaths at work have risen this year - statistics from the Health & Safety Executive tell us that:

  • In 2013/14 136 workers were killed at work

  • The total rose to 142 in 2014/15

  • 76,000 other injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR last year

  • 1.2 million working people suffering from a ...

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