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Training is the way forward but the expense is crippling


Sir, My company, Select Plant, has sent 12 candidates in the past couple of years to Bircham Newton on full, 13-week courses to gain their NVQ in tower crane and mobile crane driving and on banksman/ slinger courses.

Paying them the going rate for the 13 weeks, as well as paying for the course and lodging, proves very expensive even with grants, especia lly when eight of those 12 candidates left the company within a month of been trained. We are now down to just two of the original candidates.

You cannot force an employee to stay with a company after training but, when you have bad experiences such as these, you are naturally more reluctant to fund further training for new starters.

But the good news is that, immediately following the launch of the NVQ modules for tower crane erectors, which I believe will be available after January 11, our company will be enrolling 30 erector/ supervisors for their NVQ 2 and 3.

I firmly believe that bringing in the NVQ for tower crane erectors will get rid of some of the bad apples in the sector and the industry will have a well-trained work force for the safe erection and dismantling of tower cranes.

It is worth noting that there will be no grandfather rights on this NVQ - every one has to start from scratch.

Syd Appleyard Operation manager Select Tower Cranes St Neots Cambridgeshire