The Daltons Wadkin 'red team' of trainers is celebrating a significant milestone in the delivery of certificated operator training courses throughout the UK and Ireland. The past 12 months has seen a record 1250 individual learners successfully trained across all types of woodworking machines, abrasive wheels and hand operated power tools.
Daltons Wadkin are a PIABC Quality Assured training provider and have been providing industry led courses for over 15 years, continually honing the content to meet both customer and legal requirements.
One of the fastest growing departments within the company, Daltons Wadkin has expanded its training team to four full time trainers to keep pace with demand and are now recruiting a fifth. Each trainer is a qualified teacher and assessor and has a minimum of 10 years experience in the woodworking sector operating industrial machinery.
“Our standards are extremely high when it comes to recruiting trainers”, comments managing director Alex Dalton. “Our customers look to us for a professional, reliable service. The stakes are extremely high. We are working in one of the most dangerous industries with regards to accident rates and it is imperative that our trainers are suitably qualified, experienced, and confident in their knowledge.”
Training is tailored to individual requirements, whether an experienced operator or novice learner. With absolutely no PowerPoints, courses are delivered on and around customers own machinery. This hands-on approach ensures teaching and assessment is relevant to the customers workplace and production.
Each machine type is covered by an individual training unit. The aim of each course unit is to inform, access and certify the learner in Safe Setting and Operator Training on each woodworking machine in accordance with the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, the Workplace Health Safety and Welfare Regulations 1992 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
A key component to the success of the Daltons Wadkin training department is the course material. Every machine unit is accompanied by a detailed training book. Developed in house, the course material serves as a training tool during course delivery and is kept by each learner for future reference.
“We are very proud of our course material; it is unique in the industry. Working with the HSE we are continually honing the content to ensure the latest rules and regulations are reflected”, enthuses Alex.