Project Description

Water Training Courses

We offer a wide spectrum of water training courses for new and existing employees working in the water distribution sector. These range from single day courses, such as Water Hygiene & SHEA, to full Apprenticeships. Available in Manchester, Glasgow and London.

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Utility SHEA (Water) comprises of thirteen modules. The eight core modules are common to all utility industries and form the basis of health, safety and environmental law and practices. There are five modules that are specific to the water industry which cover a range of operations within the clean water network, the sewerage network and process operations. All trainees will complete the core modules, however dependent on job role, they may complete any combination of the Clean Water Network, Sewerage Network and Process modules. It is designed to provide on-site evidence that an individual has demonstrated an appropriate level of knowledge and awareness. It is a passport scheme and does not indicate any level of technical competence or skilled expertise.

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The National Water Hygiene scheme has been developed at the request of Water UK, the body representing the water supply companies across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The blue National Water Hygiene card was introduced in January 2006 to replace all water company specific hygiene schemes and removes the need for workers to undergo separate testing, health screening and to carry several separate cards for each water authority.

Any person working on a restricted operations sites such as service reservoirs, pumping stations, treatment works, wells, spring and boreholes and working on the network of water mains and service pipes must be in possession of a National Water Hygiene card. The same training package is delivered to both direct employees of water companies, and all contractors that work on the restricted operations sites including self-lay organisations working on new developments.

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This qualification covers all aspects of the assistant’s role in water network construction. It was designed by industry and cover areas such as excavating, electrofusion welding, butt fusion welding, operating tools and machinery and installation, while maintaining safety standards.

It is for network operatives already employed on the water distribution network, either directly with an asset owner or through an outsourced operations company

The qualification is achieved by on-site assessment and will include practical tasks and oral questioning.

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This qualification covers all aspects of water network construction. They were designed by industry and cover technical skills in areas such as excavating, electrofusion welding, operating tools and machinery and installation, while maintaining safety standards.

They are for network operatives and engineers already employed on the water distribution network, either directly with an asset owner or through an outsourced operations company

The qualifications are achieved by on-site assessment and will include practical tasks and oral questioning.

There are 2 qualifications;

  • Service Laying
  • Main Laying

There are 3 pathways within each qualification;

  • Self Lay
  • Distribution
  • Repair and Maintenance

Candidates must complete the pathway which is appropriate to their job role.

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This qualification was designed, by industry, for persons who are currently employed in a supervisory role or those that are working towards one

This qualification is for network operatives and engineers already employed on the water distribution network, either directly with an asset owner or through an outsourced operations company

Delegates are require to provide substantial evidence of their experience and competence in, amongst others, the following areas;

  • Control water network activities and contribute to controlling costs
  • Commission water networks
  • Carry out risk assessments
  • Record, store and analyse information
  • Advise and inform others and customers
  • Carry out operational planning
  • Decommissioning and abandonment of mains and services
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On successful completion of the course, candidates will be awarded an SQA Level 2 Certificate in ‘Trench Support Systems’

On completion of the course, delegates should be able to:

  • Describe current safety regulations and requirements relating to support of excavations.
  • Identify the characteristics of principle soil types and associated hazards.
  • Recognise the hazards and implement control measures for those hazards.
  • Carry out risk assessments on a deep excavation.
  • Use basic tools and equipment for installing shoring.
  • Install shoring systems using the correct method appropriate for different types of ground conditions
  • Withdraw support systems in the correct sequence.
  • Understand emergency procedures.
  • Carry out the above tasks safely.
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The course is designed to inform all of the individuals involved in making mains connections of both their own roles and responsibilities, and those of others, when carrying out work.

It does not provide the skills required to carry out the connections and it would be expected that individuals involved would hold the necessary qualifications

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Water Leakage Training and Qualifications

With increasing regulatory pressures on the Water Industry to drastically reduce water leakage, or non-revenue water (NRW) the sector faces increased challenges to perform efficiently.

Regulatory targets will tighten in the coming years forcing drastic reductions in water losses. This will place increased emphasis on the front line Operators and Technicians in terms of their competence in water leak detection.

The Issue

The Water Companies and their Supply Chains will be facing a skills requirement beyond the norm as leakage activity across the UK water network increases.

Utility and Construction Training (UCT)

UCT, as a new entrant to the Water Leakage Provider sector, is well placed to provide services to address these needs. From higher-level qualifications through Apprenticeships and targeted short course provision we can offer a comprehensive range of training interventions and coaching, including the following qualifications;

  • Level 5 Award – Management of Leakage (Under Development )
  • CABWI Level 4 Diploma in Water Operations & Management – Water Leakage (QCF)
  • CABWI Level 4 Diploma in Utilities Network Planning and Management (QCF)
  • EU Skills Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship
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  • CABWI Level 3 Diploma in Water Engineering – Leakage
  • CABWI Level 3 Certificate in Leakage Detection (QCF)
  • CABWI Level 3 Diploma in Water Network – Leakage New for 2017
  • EU Skills Level 3 Water Process Technician Apprenticeship – Water Leakage
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  • CABWI Level 2 Diploma in Water Engineering – Leakage (QCF)
  • CABWI Level 2 QCF Certificate in Leakage Control (QCF)
  • EU Skills Level 2 Apprenticeship – Water Leakage
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  • SHEA
  • Water Hygiene
  • NRSWA Signing, Lighting & Guarding
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  • Basic Leak Detection
  • Valve Operations
  • Use of Correlator
  • CAT and Genny
  • Use of Ground Microphone
  • Step Testing
  • Calm Networks (Transient Rig )
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  • Hydraulics
  • Network Design of DMAs for optimal Leakage Management
  • Network Management
  • Management of Leakage including Active Leakage Control
  • Efficient & Optimal use of DMAs (Operability)

All of the above are equivalent to Level 3 and aimed at Engineers & Technicians

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