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WWT April 19

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38 | APRIL 2019 | WWT | www.wwtonline.co.uk The Knowledge Supplier News U tilities specialist Develop Training Limited (DTL) has won a contract to deliver an apprenticeship in water mains laying for South Staffs Water. DTL, an approved provider under the apprenticeship levy scheme, is now putting nine apprentices through the 13-month programme, with hands-on learn- ing at its new mains-laying facility. Daryll Garavan, DTL's Delivery Manager for water, said: "Having this new facility is ideal. There is plenty of space for several candi- dates to work on it at once instead of having to wait their turn, and the practice area includes numerous water mains connections that people can hone their skills on." DTL opened the new water mains training area last year at its Derby training centre, one of seven across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The candidates, mostly from the Tipton and Walsall area, are A erzen Machines recently welcomed a delegation of fi‹een German busi- ness leaders and the German Minister for European and Federal Affairs and Regional State Development, Birgit Hone, to its UK office to discuss the potential implications of Brexit. With the UK's exit from the European Union hanging in the balance, the German-owned manufacturer of blowers and compressors invited the dis- tinguished visitors to its site in Loughton, Essex. The group had spent the DTL to deliver apprenticeship training for South Staffs Water German delegation visit for Aerzen made up of five South Staffs Water employees and four new recruits from OnSite Specialist Mainte- nance, which like South Staffs Water is also part of the South Staffordshire plc group. They are expected to complete the course, "Network Construction Operations Water Mains Laying", in January next year (2020). The course is a 50-50 mix of classroom and practical training, combining an introductory NVQ in the subject with a more in-depth technical certificate. The appren- tices will video record their practical work in e-portfolios to demon- strate they have achieved the necessary hands-on skills. week in London meeting with Whitehall officials and this represented a chance to see for themselves the level of prepar- edness of a German subsidiary in the UK. Matthew Morey, Managing Director of Aerzen Machines in the UK, talked about the impact seen to date on the business and the measures the company was taking to mitigate risk. Plans, he explained, were well thought through and included an increase in stock holding plus an understanding that import documentation would potentially increase – but in general no downturn in trade had been seen to date and in fact 2018 was the best in the company's history for sales and profit. The company says that flexibility is one of its greatest strengths and it is prepared to deal with whatever implica- tions are seen to ensure Aerzen retains its strong position in the UK and Irish markets. SPONSORED BY CELEBRATING THE BEST IN UK WATER IN ASSOCIATION WITH Join us as we announce the winners of the annual Water Industry Awards and celebrate the industry's greatest achievements over the past 12 months. Discover more about the awards, and book your table at www.waterindustryawards.co.uk BOOK YOUR TABLE TODAY WIA19-tablesales-265x185mm.indd 1 06/02/2019 17:31

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