The UK is alive with apprenticeships. What about our bulk liquid storage sector, though? Whilst our industry has made huge strides, risks remain real. There’s a collective understanding that a skills gap is on the horizon for our sector. You know it’s there and your business might not be affected by it yet but you will be, and soon.
This is why Reynolds Training Services – with our state-of-the-art training facility in Lincolnshire – is proud to be taking part in a great new initiative to future-proof our industry.
Let us explain:
- Firstly, we have the ongoing improvements in technology, as we evolve from what you might call manual “handomatic” systems, to computer-controlled automatic systems.
- Secondly, we have a rotation of staff, as the old hands are reaching retirement age, and are being replaced by the next generation.
But we shouldn’t see these developments as problems, they’re an opportunity to future-proof our industry!
We can train that next generation to master the new technologies and systems as well as the process safety culture that are the future of our industry – with all of the improvements and efficiencies for your business, that this implies.
INTRODUCING THE BULK LIQUID TECHNICIAN APPRENTICESHIP
Reynolds Training worked in conjunction with the Tank Storage Association, Cogent and the OPA in developing the ‘Bulk Liquid Terminal Technician Specialism’. This then gained approval from industry for use with the ‘Science Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship Standard’.
In a drive to underpin this Apprenticeship and Specialism further, Reynolds Training developed a new ‘Level 3 Qualification: Bulk Storage Operator Technician’, providing a route to Technical Recognition for the sector. It gives a wider focus on process and occupational safety, human factors and emergency response, aligning this with technical operations.
This Apprenticeship will be delivered by Reynolds in collaboration with HETA – who have a long-established history of Apprenticeship delivery within the engineering and process sector. HETA’s invaluable experience will ensure a better Apprenticeship experience – which is in the interest of both the candidates and the industry!
THE LOGIC IS SOUND
Investing early enables us to embrace talented people, embedding the Knowledge, Skills and Experience needed to sustain and expand safe operations.
The two year apprenticeship will involve a mixture of:
- Classroom-based training and learning
- Practical assessment at our simulated onsite training facility, CATCH
Onsite training and competency assessment at the candidate’s actual workplace
So, alongside HETA, we at Reynolds Training Services will be delivering this Apprenticeship from this coming August.
Apprenticeships are a proven formula in other sectors. Just ask the Government: in 2016/17, 92% of apprentices said their career prospects had improved as a result. Indeed, the National Apprenticeship Service’s own figures show that those completing a higher apprenticeship could earn an incredible £150,000 extra over their lifetime.
DO YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE?
The bulk liquid storage sector is the lifeblood of society, providing the logistical skeleton to receive, store, transport and deliver petrochemical products, supporting businesses both in the public and private sectors whilst fuelling the wider societal needs.
We cannot take our eye off the ongoing need to continue delivering this in what has to be the safest of environments, underpinned by skilled and competent operational and maintenance teams.
To continue our strides into a safer future, we need to embrace the next generation and mould them from the very start into fantastic operators who can progress in their careers. This is how we create a circular culture of Competency.
With the new Apprenticeship, Reynolds Training is bringing together our wealth of experience, and partnerships with proven specialists in this area, to create a solution to tomorrow’s skills gap, today!
It’s great news for your business, and ours, and brilliant news for those candidates who want to get involved in our vital industry – and, importantly, they’ll earn while they learn.
Find out how Reynolds Training can start future-proofing your business by getting in touch. Email Karon Reynolds on firstname.lastname@example.org, phone (+44) 01469 552846, or click the button for more information.