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Training & Education ●●● New H&S training school opens


If you find health and safety a minefield with a huge training price tag, there is good news ahead. SOS Training has been formed to help the cleaning, FM and service indus- tries with health and safety training. SOS’s principal consultant, Lorraine Larman, has 20 years experience across many service sectors including catering, cleaning, NHS, transport, pest control, and agriculture. Larman, a chartered member of IOSH and a qualified tutor and assessor, has all the relevant skills-sets to reassure candi- dates and help them achieve their chosen qualification. SOS Training offers a wide range of courses, including NEBOSH and


IOSH, plus a selection of first aid, health and safety, manual handling, and infection control courses. Each course is aligned to meet the participant’s individual and mar- ket specific needs. Programmes are designed to be afford-


able by all and group discounts are avail- able. Courses can be held at the SOS training suite or at client premises. SOS of- fers a complete end-to-end consultancy service to provide all health and safety needs including creating your own health and safety management system that satis- fies HSG 65 and your legal requirements. www.schoolofsafetytraining.co.uk


JLIS rewarded for ‘putting people first’


John Laing Integrated Services (JLIS) has been presented with a national award for its com- mitment to employee engagement and continuous improvement. JLIS, which provides a suite of FM services to the public sector and has over 1100 employees, has been awarded the In- vestors in People silver award for the way it has improved business performance through the support and motivation of its employees. Tim Grier, managing director at JLIS, said: “JLIS has held Investors in People accreditation


since 2007 and I am delighted that we have now achieved Investors in People Silver. Our em- ployees are our greatest asset and this award demonstrates our commitment to investing in our employees by creating a culture of learning and development, engagement and empow- erment.” Justine Brown, HR director at JLIS, said: “We are delighted to have achieved silver accredi- tation. We have worked hard to imbed some key HR practices into the business in order to improve people management and this silver accreditation is a true reflection of this.”


Stopping work-related skin disease


The ‘It’s in your hands’ campaign was launched in 2006 by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF), Safety Groups UK (SG UK), the British Occupational Hygiene Soci- ety (BOHS), the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM) and the Trades Union Con- gress (TUC) with the aim of significantly re- ducing the incidence of work-related dermatitis. Seven years after the campaign was ini-


tially launched, HSE statistics show that the incidence of work-related dermatitis is in- deed reducing, although there are still ap- proximately 40,000 new diagnoses of


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graduates highlight why they chose the company and how they’ve found the scheme: • Felicity Sutton, a graduate at Interserve, said: “I wanted to join a graduate scheme to gain a structured training and develop- ment programme, as well as the experi- ence of being exposed to all aspects of an organisation to gain an understanding of how a FTSE 250 business operates. This has been a fantastic opportunity to work at one of the world’s leading support services and construction companies.” • Harjinder Singh, a graduate at Inter-


serve, said: “I wanted to join a graduate programme to gain experience of working across a wide range of services for a large organisation. I enjoy the variety of work, the challenges I have faced and the opportunity to work with well-respected clients.” The programme is a two-year scheme and the graduates are provided with contin- ual training and development opportunities to help progress their skills. Structured learning and development programmes are also in place to add leadership skills, im-


work-related skin disease per year and it is still believed that this is the tip of the iceberg with many cases still going unreported. So what can be done to raise the aware-


ness of work-related skin disease and, more importantly, what can be done to pre- vent further incidences? A new initiative, Health Risks at Work


(HRAW), aims to raise awareness of major occupational health issues. Details can be found at: www.safetygroupsuk.org.uk/top- ics/health_risks_at_work.htm. HRAW has identified the skin as being one of five areas of focus for improving awareness and education of health risks at work.


prove self-awareness and provide knowl- edge of non-operational elements of the commercial business unit. Throughout the two years the graduates will have the support of trained mentors to help them with the placement. Scott Hill, HR director - commercial at


Interserve, said: “The graduate programme has been in place for the past year and has proved so successful that our business has committed to a larger intake in 2013. With this scheme we’re recruiting graduates that can grow and develop to eventually be future business leaders, providing strong leadership and management to help move the business forward. The structure of the programme is extremely robust and gradu- ates benefit from a full two-year training plan with placements in different aspects of the business. Investment in people is a high priority for the company and Inter- serve feels it is important to be proactive towards addressing potential future skills shortages. We recognise that bringing on new talent and giving graduates an oppor- tunity to be part of our growing business is key to our future success.” www.interserve.com


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