Apprenticeships in the Bulk Liquid Storage Sector – The Next Generation of Talent


Reynolds Training Services, in conjunction with the Tank Storage Association and Cogent Skills, joined forces to develop the UK’s first apprenticeship specialism for the Bulk Liquid Storage Sector. The Bulk Liquid Terminal Technician specialism is approved by industry for use with the ‘Science Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship Standard’.

This sector leading apprenticeship programme is delivered by Reynolds Training Services Ltd in collaboration with leading apprenticeship providers, utilising state-of-the-art training facility in Lincolnshire.

The two-year apprenticeship programme includes classroom-based training and learning, practical skill development and assessment, supported by onsite training and competency assessment against the Level 3 Diploma for a Bulk Storage Operator Technician at the apprentice’s workplace.

We are now planning for Cohort 2 commencing in late August 2020 with 12 apprentices and are seeking companies who are recruiting apprentices into this vital industrial sector.

Peter Davidson, Executive Director of the Tank Storage Association, said: “The highly technical nature of our industry has created a demand for skilled and qualified specialists in the bulk liquid storage sector. For that reason, we have developed this pioneering apprenticeship programme, now in its second year, to give valuable practical and classroom-based training to the next generation of talent and provide a clear route to careers in our sector”.

John Reynolds, Managing Director of Reynolds Training Services, said: “As the founder of Reynolds Training, I care passionately about the future welfare of this sector. This apprenticeship programme provides an opportunity to embed knowledge and skills into a new generation, giving them the keys to a new career pathway in a thriving and vital sector for industry’

Adrian Jackson, Chief Executive of the Oil and Pipelines Agency (OPA), commented: “The Bulk Liquid Operational Apprenticeship Programme in conjunction with the apprenticeship levy fund has provided a mechanism and process for the OPA to develop and recruit young talented apprentices. This fits with the OPA’s commitment around people development and our succession planning strategy”.

Notes to editors

The Tank Storage Association (TSA) represents the interests of over 60 member companies engaged in the storage of bulk liquids and the provision of products and services to the sector. Collectively, its members operate over 290 terminals and distribution hubs in the UK and have over 10 million cubic metres of storage capacity in the United Kingdom (UK) and Republic of Ireland (ROI). TSA’s members provide and support an essential interface between sea, road, rail and pipeline logistics for many different substances including transport and heating fuels, chemicals, animal feed and foodstuffs.

Reynolds Training Services are the leading provider of training, competence assessment and management for the bulk liquid and gas sector, accredited by leading awarding bodies including NEBOSH, IOSH and GQA, delivering to the high hazard industry both nationally and internationally at site or from our world class training facilities located in the heart of Lincolnshire.

The Oil and Pipelines Agency (OPA) is a statutory public corporation formed under the Oil and Pipelines Act 1985 in 1986. The OPA currently manages, operates and maintains six Naval Oil Fuel Depots and two Petroleum Storage Depots within the UK on behalf of the Ministry of Defence.

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