Enews - Issue 4 - Autumn 2011

RSTA Training


Clive Mitchell has joined RSTA as Training Manager. Clive, who has held previous roles with ConstructionSkills and the Road Safety Marking Association has significant knowledge and expertise regarding training grants, running apprenticeships, CSCS cards and NVQ’s. He will be able to assist members access funding and provided training where it is required. Clive can be contacted by email: or tel: 07557 529410.


RSTA has been awarded two substantial grants so far this year from ConstructionSkills to further develop two training course programmes illustrated below.

The roads surface treatments industry is heavily regulated with contractors’ workforce requiring NVQ’s, CSCS cards and continuous upskill training to comply fully with the requirements of Sector Scheme 13, BBA HAPAS and industry Codes of Practice. The RSTA have been considering for some time how to help members ensure that they are aware of their obligations towards training and qualifications and how to provide a comprehensive one-stop-shop training service. To address this work has commenced on developing a ‘Regulated Training and Qualification Standard for Managers, Supervisors, Skilled Workers and New Entrants in the Road Surface Treatments Industry’.

In addition, this grant funding had already enabled the development and launch of a training course aimed at informing members and other industry stakeholders on measuring and reporting the carbon footprint of various surface treatments using the new Carbon Calculator developed jointly with the University of Nottingham.


RSTA and ConstructionSkills have worked together to develop a specialist apprenticeship programme for velocity patching. The apprenticeship meets the requirements for best practice in training operatives and is designed for new entrants into the sector and also for experienced workers. It leads to a full level 2 NVQ Diploma and entitles the candidate to a skilled worker CSCS card.

These apprenticeships are grant funded by ConstructionSkills to RSTA members who pay the CITB levy. For further details contact Lydia Vaux, , or Clive Mitchell,

All contracting members who pay the CITB levy are entitled to claim grant funding for the majority of employee training. This includes recognised courses and can also include in-house training.  For further advice contact Clive Mitchell,


RSTA is also working with ConstructionSkills to develop standardised specialist short duration training programmes for high friction surfacing and slurry microsurfacing. These programmes are expected to run between 6 – 8 months in short off-the-job training modules and will be designed to take a new entrant from the basics through to giving them the skills to undertake  an NVQ Diploma. The training programmes will allow the industry to formalise the training currently delivered inhouse by contracting members and enable them to draw down a substantial amount of grant to cover costs. For further information contact Clive Mitchell,


The disappearance of Train to Gain funding has underlined the need for RSTA members to continue to train and qualify their workforce to meet the requirements of sector schemes, codes of practice, client contracts and compliance of health and safety. The RSTA Assessment Centre has been established since 2004 to provide members with an avenue to qualify their members in their specialist fields. It has now increased the range of qualifications on offer and has the capacity to provide the services of independent assessors for many of the qualifications listed below:

Surface Dressing
Velocity Patching
Velocity Patching (manual hot & cold)
Surface Retexturing
Pavement Marking (machine)
Permanent Road Studs
Occupational Works Supervision

Slurry Micro-surfacing (machine and manual)
High Friction Surfacing (machine)
Membrane Installation
Soil Stabilisation
Pavement Marking (manual permanent/temporary)
Construction Site Supervision


The training page on the RSTA website has been overhauled to provide much more information to assist members to understand what training is needed by their workforce to ensure compliance with regulations, to find out what courses are available and how to arrange training through the RSTA. For further information visit: or contact Clive Mitchell, RSTA Training Manager, tel: 07557 529410

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