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New work-based programme supports employers by assessing workplace competence
Validate is a new service from the Waste Management Industry & Training Advisory Board (WAMITAB), specifically designed to assess employees who have developed sufficient knowledge and skills to perform their job to the correct standard. Officially launching on 1st May, Validate is a modular programme that assesses the competence of operatives in the workplace.
With a strong focus on health & safety compliance, this on-the-job assessment complements and supports in-house training and relevant work experience. It can be delivered by WAMITAB-approved centres, or employers themselves. More than 25 activities for assessment feature in the programme, with module categories covering:
Waste and recycling collection
This flexible programme allows learners and their employers to select modules that are most relevant to their job role. Up to five modules can be listed on each Validate certificate.
Chris James, CEO of WAMITAB, says: "This adaptable and innovative new programme gives employers more control over the timing and choice of competencies for assessment, making it an attractive proposition that delivers the flexibility and cost-effectiveness 21st century businesses need."
By incorporating Validate into in-house development programmes, the recognition and reward element can also help with the recruitment and retention of high-quality employees.
"The ethos behind Validate is to deliver an employer-responsive programme that not only assesses competency and compliance, but also does it in a way that fits in with the lifestyle of the employee and the work schedules of the organisation itself," explains Chris.
"The activities that can be assessed cover an extensive range of tasks, and WAMITAB plans to add even more as the programme progresses.
"WAMITAB is the only awarding organisation that provides an end to end solution from operative to management level qualifications in resource management and recycling, cleansing and facilities management. We are a charity and a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to delivering qualifications and training materials to the industry.
The modules for assessment as part of the Validate programme are:
- Health, safety and risk assessment
- Waste collection operations
- Refuse compaction vehicle operations
- Green waste collection
- Boxed recycling waste collection
- Clinical waste collection operations
- Bulky waste collection operations
- Skip operations
- Reversing operations
- Reversing assistants
- Roll-on/off operations
- Front end loader operations
- Cage tipper operations
- Top loader operations
- Tail lift operations
- Manual street cleansing operations
- Mechanical street cleansing operations
- Mechanical road sweeping operations
- Electrical power washers and steam cleaners
- Litter picking (in preparation)
- Graffiti removal operations
- Gully cleansing and tanker operations
- Waste collection using a POD vehicle
- Hiab lorry mounted crane operations
- ADR security awareness
- Bin chipping operations
- Bulk articulated trailer operations
- Biological spillage and bio-contaminated materials
17th April 2014