Issue 8 - Winter 2012


RSTA Training

Training Highway

With 482 delegates attending RSTA training courses this year, RSTA training continues to go from strength-to-strength reports Clive Mitchell, RSTA Training Manager.

In addition to its open training courses, the RSTA held in-house courses at ten local highway authorities. The courses cover a wide range of road surface treatments and their success is due to their industry relevance and to the growing recognition of RSTA being a centre of training excellence.

This recognition is underlined by the growth of its Assessment Centre which has had three Awarding Body visits and appointed 4 new trainee assessors for new specialist trades. The Centre has seen an increased of NVQ registrations of 790% which includes 138 Level 2 learners, 10 Level 3 learners and 48 completions. Trades covered include surface dressing, slurry and micro-surfacing, velocity patching, high friction surfacing, retexturing and road marking.

In addition, together with the National Team from ConstructionSkills, RSTA has developed Specialist Up-skilling Programmes. These replace Specialist Apprenticeship schemes and have a duration of 5 to 14 days which can be delivered in blocks or piecemeal. The programmes cover health and safety training, manual handling, up-skills on latest operative standards and regulations, practical specialism skills and provide NVQ assessment after training. They are open to learners without NVQ in road building, include CSCS card and attract a CSkills grant of £2,625 per learner.

Pilot schemes for 30 operatives have been carried out covering high friction surfacing, surface dressing and slurry and micro-surfacing. Following the pilot schemes, two further schemes for 26 operatives have been held. 120 operatives are so far booked for 2013 and a supervisor course is now in development.

For training enquiries and further information please contact Clive Mitchell on 07557 529410

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