Engaging Arboricultural Contractors Seminars
Since our last Newsletter, we have run another three Engaging Arboricultural Contractors seminars at Richmond Park, London, Acton Scott Historic Farm, Shropshire and at Haigh Hall, Wigan. Once again these proved very popular and were well attended. Comments received via HSE included:
…‘a very informative and enjoyable day’.
…‘it was well worth our time, the outdoor session being exciting and particularly professionally exposited’.
The seminars are aimed at the ‘client’ side and are designed to assist anyone engaging a ‘competent’ contractor. The events are run in conjunction with the Arboricultural Association and HSE.
The following events are planned for later this year:
13th October 2010 Park Hill Training, Leicestershire
14th October 2010 Venue to be confirmed.
If you would like to attend, or you know of a client who may be interested, please contact
Glenda Benger at HSE via e-mail: Glenda.Benger@hse.gov.uk
Remember: These events are FREE!
If you are an AA Approved Contractor and you would like to speak at one of our Engaging Arboricultural Contractors seminars later this year, on the issues facing a ‘compliant’ contractor, please give Liam a call.
Rigging Research Awareness Day
Treevolution in conjunction with TreeConsult (Germany) will be hosting a Rigging Research Awareness day in Beddgelert on the 29th June funded by HSE. This is aimed at Stakeholders in the Arboricultural Industry in the UK, in order to highlight the findings of the recent research project.
See: www.treevolution.co.uk/images/pdf/rr668.pdf Fully booked.
Tree Climber Training
Due to the last revision of NPTC Certificates of Competence in Aerial Tree Work, there is now an additional requirement to carry out tree identification and pole rescue as part of the assessment.
We feel that to include these two topics in the standard five day training format is too onerous for novices, and as a result does not allow sufficient time for supervised practice in tree climbing.
Following discussions within industry, we have decided to offer the option of five days initial training in tree climbing only, followed by two days training in Aerial Rescue after a period of consolidation.
This will provide our trainees with enough time to prepare themselves for the new NPTC assessment requirements in CS38 Climb Trees and Perform Aerial Rescue. A natural progression will be to train in Chainsaw Use from Rope and Harness immediately after Aerial Rescue, thus better preparing our trainees to work in industry.
If you would like to support us with this development or have any other comments, please feel free to email us at email@example.com to help us lobby our industry.
Refresher/Update Training with Treevolution
These courses are still continuing – however, it is surprising how many people still hold out of date, NPTC Certificates of Competence e.g. units 20, 21 and 22!
These units do not cover take down of hung up trees, target pruning or aerial rescue. If you are dealing with larger, windblown or even dismantling trees, you need to hold current relevant Certificates of Competence to meet the requirements of PUWER ’98.
If you wish to discuss this further, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of a Council’s ongoing skills development programme, we have recently carried out training courses in Assisted Felling in urban areas and ‘tree specific’ Manual Handling, both of which were well received.
Thorough Examination of Arboricultural Equipment (Course leading to NPTC Assessment (Level 3)
This is an advanced course for persons who are fully experienced in tree climbing and dismantling operations, who wish to be recognised as a ‘competent person’ as defined by LOLER 1998.
Next course date will be 18th – 21st October 2010 in North Wales.
Basic Tree Survey and Inspection Course
A one day training course for ‘non-arborists’ (e.g. Highways Inspectors and Park Rangers), to carry out basic ‘hazard tree’ identification.
Next course date will be 22nd October 2010 in North Wales.
Funding Opportunities In Wales
We have recently become an approved training provider for the Farming Connect Skills Development Programme.
This is a Government scheme designed to help eligible farmers and forestry businesses claim up to 80% funding towards vocational, statutory or regulation-linked training. In order to access this programme, it is essential that the farm or forestry business is registered with Farming Connect prior to the booking of any training. Please contact us for further details.
Focus on Forestry is a Welsh Assembly Government/EU funded three year project solely for the trees and timber sector within Wales, concentrating on forestry businesses first.
Through the project businesses can:
- have training plans drawn up free of charge
- access up to 75% funding for skills training courses
- maintain and access training records through the secure project database
Sole traders, self employed contractors, and businesses connected with trees and timber, who reside and work in Wales are eligible to apply.
Please contact us for further details.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. As usual any feedback would be much appreciated.