Chesterfield-based Thorworld Industries, a manufacturer of loading bay apparatus, has announced that five of its specialist engineers have been awarded with a new and highly sought-after Level 2 NVQ certification in Specialist Installation Occupations (Construction) – Loading Bay Equipment – Installation or Maintenance.
Responding to calls by the Association of Loading and Elevating Equipment (ALEM) for more recognised loading bay manufacturing assessment processes to be put in place, Thorworld Industries has been proactive in encouraging its staff to achieve this new, vital qualification; devised to help engineers work safely and correctly when installing and maintaining loading bay equipment off-site.
Christian Thorley, Darren Cockayne, Paul Bingham, Stephen Revill and Steve Burn have successfully completed the NVQ assessment – with Cockayne and Revill being the first in the country to do so – having accumulated the necessary evidence to demonstrate they have been tested, assessed and proven qualified to work safely and correctly when installing and maintaining loading bay equipment.
John Meale, managing director of Thorworld and former president of ALEM, said: “As soon as we heard about the introduction of the new Level 2 NVQ Certificate, we immediately registered engineers from the installation team onto the programme. We’re delighted that five of our engineers to date have been so successful in achieving the necessary accreditations – and that two of them are first in the country to do so.
“Their achievements are accolades we can all be proud of, and give assurance to companies assigning Thorworld to their installation tasks, that they are working with true professionals from a reputable firm; guaranteed to perform to the optimum safety level.
“Engineers achieving this qualification will contribute to raising standards across the industry, which is what organisations, such as ALEM, are striving to achieve. This NVQ Level 2 training is supported by ALEM, with the industry body believing such a qualification to be capable of protecting and further developing the skill sets of site engineers involved in loading bay manufacture and assembly.
“From our point of view, it’s fantastic that our engineers now have a recognised qualification to prove their competency. The result is an investment in skillset, confidence and safety improvements which will have a positive impact on Thorworld, as well as on the industry as a whole”.