So with some CITB funding and in collaboration with Perses Training, NFDC designed and developed a Demolition Manager refresher course to run regularly across the country.
“The course updates them on new legislation like Construction Design and Management regulation and waste regulation and lets them renew their card,” says Howard. “We’ve had excellent feedback and there’s always something new they learn.”
Anyone who attends the Federation’s popular Demolition Manager’s course automatically qualifies to take the refresher, which was delivered 105 times between August 2017 and August 2018.
Ongoing professional development
“One of the key parts of the course is to stress their responsibilities as managers,” Howard says. “We tell them you’re here to ensure you’re delivering the proper message for your company. You’re the eyes and ears of your company and you’re in control of the team.”
Participants receive relevant CITB publications, a course booklet and guidance notes. On completion of the one-day course, they are awarded with a full Certificate of Competence of Demolition Operatives (CCDO), allowing them to renew their cards.
Howard says that without funding from CITB, the Federation would have struggled to deliver something worthwhile. “Funding support from CITB has enabled us to produce a course that’s fit for purpose. CITB has always been the number one place for training in the industry. With their support, we’re becoming the number one place for demolition training.”
Sharing best practice
There have been positive knock-on effects too. Firstly, take-up of the course has boosted NFDC membership (“once they see the value of it, they get ‘converted,’” Howard says), which includes training in its membership criteria.
And secondly, it has had an important impact on the demolition industry beyond card renewal and keeping legal knowledge current. NFDC has found that the course has also created a forum for peers to share information and demolition best practice.