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NADC Update


With all four nations of the UK back in lockdown, NADC has taken the opportunity to re-circulate the Covid-19 protectionmeasures guidelines formembers thatwere issued at the start of the pandemic. In addition, as the government support schemes continue to evolve and change, NADC is updating, and will then openly publish, its summary guide of available support for contractors.


Time did not stand still for the Association in 2020, andwhilst there has been great frustration in having to postpone the launch of DrainSafe until the inaugural National Drainage Showat Excel in November 2021 (there is a separate article on this elsewhere in Drain Trader), a lot of other initiatives have progressedwell.


Training:


■ Much has been achieved on the continuing development of the NADC suite of training courses and qualifications. In the November edition of DrainSafe therewas a feature article on the newEnergy & Utility Skills SHEA Drains and Sewers qualificationwhich provides successful candidateswith a CSCS card. This is something of a breakthrough for the industry and completes the set of Energy & Utility Skills SHEA courses in the utility sector. The qualificationwill be a fundamental requirement for all contractors that sign up to the DrainSafe scheme and over time NADCwill expect allmembers to take the SHEA course.


Safety and Health of contractors is at the heart of NADC principles and thewellbeing of members and their employees is paramount. The first courses inMarch 2021will be available for booking by NADCmembers in February


■ There are three other Energy & Utility Skills courses under development – an


Excavation and Repair Course, a Patching Course, and a Patching and Lining Course, the latter two being submitted to EU Skills by RSM in collaborationwith NADC. These are expected to be available in the Spring


■ Work has also commenced on a Tankering and Vacuuming Course, a Sweeping Course


and a DrainMapping and Tracing Course.


■ NADC is alsoworking on introducing on- line courseswhere practically possible to complement classroomtraining – it is fair to say that Covid has been a catalyst for this


■ NADC training is nowavailable in Northern Ireland aswell as the Irish Republic


NADCmembers receive a discount on all training courses as one of the core benefits ofmembership.


NADCHydrant App powered by eviFile


NADC hasworkedwith eviFile to develop a Hydrant app for members that is nowbeing rolled out across the country, starting in the South.. The app helps the contractor identify the


nearest hydrant towhere they areworking, whichwater company it belongs to,what the size of standpipe is and if it is inworking order. In addition it provides a record of all extractionsmade by the contractorwith ‘before and after’ photographic evidence, and thus an audit trail in the event of any accusation ofmisuse. The feedback from members already using the app is extremely positive and thewater companies that are covered so far havewelcomed its introduction.


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| February 2021 | www.draintraderltd.com


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