The course, which is endorsed by NOCN, took place over two days in August last year. Designed and delivered by PERI’s Field Services Team, it is the first of several training courses that will eventually cover PERI’s Formwork and Falsework range.
Throughout the course, apprentices learned how to erect, handle and dismantle SKYDECK formwork safely and efficiently, which supplemented theory-based learning taught in college.
Hands-on training has been beneficial for the apprentices, who are currently working for joint venture BYLOR on the large-scale Hinkley Point C project in Somerset. The qualification will enable them to utilise these skills when working with the SKYDECK system on various projects in the future.
With the current skills gap in the industry, practical training gives new recruits the confidence and required skills to hit the ground running on real-life construction sites, especially if they are assigned to projects such as Hinkley Point C where high standards of health and safety are prevalent.
During the visit, the group from Bridgwater College were also able to take a closer look at PERI’s fabrication facility and product showroom, giving them a deeper insight into the business’s comprehensive range of formwork and scaffolding products.
Partnerships like this enable new recruits and contractors to establish a relationship from the outset, whereby the industry’s next generation of construction workers are up to speed with industry standards and best practice.
Field Services Manager from PERI UK, Paul Kirkbride, said:
“We have established that there are no accredited Formwork or Falsework qualifications available for the modern construction market. With this in mind, we are striving to raise the skills levels of site operatives, for both experienced and inexperienced site operatives, to make construction more efficient, safer and faster.”