Derby-based Develop Training, which has had to alter many of its courses due to the pandemic, has welcomed the first intake of clients on its ‘gold standard’ construction course – with many employers receiving money back from the CITB Levy.
Approved by the CITB and Build UK, the IOSH Safety, Health and Environment for Construction Site Managers course has, the company says, ‘been a roaring success – despite ‘the raft of challenges posed by the pandemic’, and was conducted for the first time using both ‘virtual’ and in-person sessions.
Daryll Garavan, Utilities Training manager at Develop Training, said: “Like many training companies, Develop Training has had to adapt the majority of its courses to include virtual and in-person learning. We trialled a mix of blended learning but, ultimately, have listened to our customers to retain the high quality training that we’re known for. We decided to keep the course as an in-classroom practical-based course moving forwards.”
Develop Training says IOSH’s globally delivered Safety, Health and Environment for Construction Site Managers course ‘provides essential knowledge for anyone who oversees or manages safety, health, and environmental risks associated with construction activities’.
The course aims to keep businesses healthy and safe, with an effective training programme, which claims to reduce the cost of accidents and illness by up to 40 per cent within the industry.
Under the Industrial Training Act 1982, all construction industry employers and contractors must be assessed against the CITB Levy, and a levy return must be sent in each year.
Those who pay into the levy can get up to £120 back per employee enrolled on the Develop Training course.
The latest Health and Safety Executive figures show that almost half of all construction accidents (47%) were from falls from height. There were 40 fatal injuries in 2019/20, slightly up on the five-year average of 37 per year. There were also 143 prosecutions, with £8.3 million issued in fines, an average of over £60,000 per conviction.