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TRAINING


FULL STEAM AHEAD!


Lewis Darin is a 27 year old young man who has two young daughters aged 3 and 5 and lives locally in the Great Yarmouth area.


Lewis, like a lot of the young men in this area, has struggled with finding employment and managed to get enough money together to fund his offshore tickets in 2011. He applied for numerous positions but was not successful due to having no experience in the field.


PERSEVERANCE


Lewis persevered and also obtained his IRATA level 1 and Rigging level 1.


Chad Brown the General Manager at Wescott Coatings and Training Services Ltd Great Yarmouth suggested that Lewis undertake ICATS the ‘Industrial Coatings Applicator Training Scheme’ course that Wescott provide. Wescott employ 60% of applicants who undertake the course.


TRAINING SCHEME DETAIL The scheme was produced by Correx


Ltd in conjunction with the Highways Agency and Network Rail as a response to the increased demands of industry. ICATS is a comprehensive structured training scheme for the registration, training and certification of industrial


surface preparation and coating operatives.


To further reinforce the skill level, it is now recognised by the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) and any operative passing the ICATS Basic Module can apply for a CSCS card. CSCS will not recognise a skills scheme unless it meets at least the standard of NVQ level 2. ICATS is designed as an in-house, on the job, training course for both experienced operatives and newer recruits.


TRANSFERABLE SKILLS


Lewis has previous experience working in the building trade so this seemed a logical path. At the time, the Great Yarmouth training centre was not opened so the course was available at the Wescott head office training centre at Jarrow. Lewis packed his bag and went off to Jarrow with a glimmer of hope.


SUCCESS


On his return to Great Yarmouth, Lewis found that his job search was aided immensely by the addition of the ICATS certification to his CV. Within two weeks, he had applied for an onshore job with a local firm as a trainee painter and had been recommended by another painter who had also attended an ICATS course with Wescott Coatings and Training Services Ltd.


The new employer informed him that the fact that he had the ICATS certification was a big factor in him being offered employment.


Lewis commented “it’s been a very long time coming, I am enjoying myself and would like to thank everyone at Wescott for providing me with the sound and underpinning knowledge needed in this industry.”


Wescott Coatings


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When speaking to Lewis he confirmed that the course was extremely clear, concise and delivered to a high standard. The facilities available were of a very high standard and the trainer was extremely knowledgeable.


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