Hawk Group, Shropshire, now offer City & Guilds Confined Spaces accreditation

Shropshire based Safety & Training, part of the Hawk Group, has further enhanced their state of the art training school, now offering a City and Guilds certified Confined Spaces training programme from their 19,000m2 facility in Sandford.

Safety & Training specialises in training, testing and consultancy for a range of competencies in the construction industry and the new course joins the extensive training portfolio current offered by Safety and Training, including plant operator training, site management and health and safety.

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The new Confined Spaces Training has been introduced following an increased demand for the qualification but with few training centres offering the qualification as Guy Brookes, Safety & Training General Manager, explained, “Many industries, such as water and utilities, now require their operatives and technicians to be fully qualified working in confined spaces. But with a lot of centres choosing not to provide the training, this makes our job much more important.”

Brookes and his team set out to put the course together, preparing the confined spaces conditions and emergency situations required to perform the training. The programme has been designed to imitate low, medium and high risk situations which trainees may encounter when at work, including:

– Minimal or no light conditions
– Safely entering and exiting confined spaces
– Poisonous gases and lack of oxygen
– Handling emergencies
– and much more.

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As the course progresses trainees encounter increasingly difficult tasks such as learning how to safely use a full escape kit, identify gases and oxygen levels within the air and familiarise themselves with gasmasks, oxygen tanks and other respiratory protective equipment.

The Confined Spaces training awards technicians with a class 1-5 City & Guilds qualification, designed to prepare street works, water utility and maintenance companies to enter, supervise or manage confined spaces and tunnels.

Guy Brookes concluded, “The ever-present skill shortage in the UK has become a huge problem in the construction industry. This course takes just two days to complete and can really make a difference to the employee, company and the customer.”

To find out more about the Confined Spaces training programme or any of their courses contact Safety & Training on 01948 841 801 or visit their website at
safetyandtraining.co.uk