Coronavirus Update – Friday 05 June 2020


Coronavirus Update – Friday 05 June 2020

Exciting News – Our Face-To-Face Training Courses are returning !

I’m pleased to be able to announce that NEBOSH, IOSH and Highfield (HABC) have stated that face-to-face training courses can now be reinstated.

All of our open classroom-based training courses starting on or after Monday 03 August 2020 are currently running as planned. Our full course listing can be found on our website here: https://www.woodward-group.co.uk/events

The health of our learners, tutors and support staff is of the highest importance to us, so on all of our courses we will ensure that the latest Government advice is strictly adhered to i.e. social distancing measures, limiting the number of individuals on the course where appropriate, frequent cleaning of the learning environment, provision of handwashing facilities and hand sanitiser, etc.

We are accepting bookings for these courses via the normal channels although email [to tom@woodwardgroup.co.uk] is presently the preferred method.

ELC Funded Training Courses

Please be aware that we received the following instruction from ELCAS on 21 May 2020:

“**UPDATED 20/05/20** Direction to Learning Providers in relation to COVID-19.

The Ministry of Defence is continuing to monitor guidance issued by Her Majesty’s Government on COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Our original direction was that, all face to face training should now cease until further notice. However, in line with the latest Government advice issued on GOV.UK we are content that face to face courses can be reinstated by learning providers as long as the latest Government advice is strictly adhered to i.e. social distancing measures, limiting the number of individuals on the course where appropriate, frequent cleaning of the learning environment and any equipment used between uses etc.

Additionally a full COVID-19 risk assessment in line with the HSE guidance is to be undertaken by Learning Providers delivering face to face courses. It is expected that Learning Providers abide by any other requirements stipulated by building owners where courses are delivered. We feel this is a proportional response thus continuing to reduce the risk whilst still enabling access to pre-scheduled learning.”

On this basis we are now accepting and confirming training course package bookings for ELC funded learners again.

We are in the process of contacting all ELC funded learners with provisional bookings and offering them confirmed places on their chosen course dates. If you have a provisional booking with us and you have not received an e-mail from us by 4:00pm on Friday 12 June 2020, please e-mail Tom on Tom@woodwardgroup.co.uk for an update.

Contacting Us

In-line with the current government guidance we have asked all our staff to work from home where possible. This means that our offices are only going to be open sporadically for the time being and we will only be able to answer telephone calls at those times.

The quickest and most reliable way to contact us will be to e-mail your existing Woodward contact, who will respond as soon as they are able.

If you don’t have a specific contact, please send any queries you may have by e-mail to our info@woodwardgroup.co.uk address and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.

Ongoing Updates

Should there be any further changes to our operations or procedures, we will keep this page updated with the most current information.

Stay safe and look after each other.

The end of an era – finished in style with a 100% pass rate !


The end of an era – finished in style with a 100% pass rate !

We delivered our final 2014 specification NEBOSH National General Certificate classroom-based course at Enegus, Workington in February/March 2020. I’m pleased to say that we finished in style with a 100% pass rate achieved across all three units.

Congratulations to all our learners on their amazing achievement !

All of our future NEBOSH National General Certificate courses will be delivered to the new 2019 course specification, but our high standard of delivery will remain exactly the same.

You can learn more about the new 2019 course specification here: https://www.woodward-group.co.uk/courses/national-general-certificate-occupational-safety-health

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We had more good news later that week !

Our learners achieved a 100% pass rate on the NEBOSH Construction Certificate classroom-based course we delivered at Energus in Workington just before the lockdown started.

Congratulations to all of our learners on their excellent achievement !

We are planning to start delivering face-to-face training courses again in August. Appropriate control measures will be in place for the courses, including; social distancing measures, limiting the number of individuals on each course, frequent cleaning of the learning environment, provision of handwashing facilities and hand sanitiser, etc.

You can find all our planned course dates on our website here:
https://www.woodward-group.co.uk/events

One year on: celebrating the NEBOSH HSE Introduction to Incident Investigation qualification


In 2019 NEBOSH partnered with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to launch the NEBOSH HSE Introduction to Incident Investigation.

One year on and this one-day qualification is proving to be incredibly popular with existing and aspiring supervisors and safety representatives who want to reduce the number of incidents that happen within the workplace.

Designed to support individuals tasked with carrying out non-complex investigations, the NEBOSH HSE Introduction to Incident Investigation will give learners the skills they need to conduct an investigation unaided, and then produce and implement an action plan to help prevent a recurrence, or a more serious incident.

More than 1,000 people have already successfully completed this NEBOSH qualification. This means that over 1,000 people are learning lessons and making improvements so that organisations can avoid similar incidents occurring in the future.

Neil Fisher, Health Safety & Environment Practitioner at Network Rail has taken the NEBOSH HSE Introduction to Incident Investigation as well as eight other NEBOSH qualifications. He said: “The NEBOSH Introduction to Incident Investigation provides a baseline understanding to people carrying out investigations. It’s given me a globally recognised qualification, that’s assisted with the fundamentals of effective incident investigation.

Further information about the NEBOSH HSE Introduction to Incident Investigation can be found here: https://www.woodward-group.co.uk/courses/nebosh-hse-introduction-to-incident-investigation

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Article adapted from original on the NEBOSH website here: https://www.nebosh.org.uk/our-news-and-events/our-news/one-year-on-celebrating-the-nebosh-hse-introduction-to-incident/

 

Coronavirus Update – 30 March 2020


Coronavirus Update – Monday 30 March 2020

We have been in ongoing discussions with NEBOSH about the UK Government Guidance on the Coronavirus situation.

NEBOSH have taken the decision to postpone both the Certificate standard date examinations in June and the Diploma examinations sittings in July. The NEBOSH examination sittings after July are currently running as planned.

Our best estimate is that the UK government restrictions to combat the Coronavirus will continue in some form or other for the next 12 – 14 weeks.

To protect the health of our learners, tutors and support staff we are aligning with NEBOSH’s position and cancelling all our planned open/public classroom-based courses from now until Monday 03 August 2020.

We are in the process of contacting all the affected learners and offering them transfers to later course dates. If you believe your course booking has been affected by these cancellations and you have not received an e-mail from us by 4:00pm on Friday 04 April 2020, please e-mail Tom on Tom@woodwardgroup.co.uk for an update.

Our open classroom-based training courses starting on or after Monday 03 August 2020 are currently running as planned. We are accepting bookings for these courses via the normal channels although email [to tom@woodwardgroup.co.uk] is presently the preferred method.

ELC Funded Training Courses

Please be aware that we received the following instruction from ELCAS on 24th March 2020:

“Direction to Learning Providers in relation to COVID-19.
The Ministry of Defence is continuing to monitor guidance issued by Her Majesty’s Government on COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Our direction is that, all face to face training should now have ceased until further notice in line with the latest Government advice issued on GOV.UK  You will appreciate this is an unprecedented situation. This decision has not been taken lightly.”

Our best estimate is that the UK government restrictions to combat the Coronavirus will continue in some form or other for the next 12 – 14 weeks.

Whilst we can provisionally book training course packages for ELC funded learners, we cannot confirm any course bookings or deliver any courses to them until the Ministry of Defence allows training courses to resume.

Contacting Us

In-line with the current government guidance we have asked all our staff to work from home where possible. This means that our offices are only going to be open sporadically for the time being and we will only be able to answer telephone calls at those times.

The quickest and most reliable way to contact us will be to e-mail your existing Woodward contact, who will respond as soon as they are able.

If you don’t have a specific contact, please send any queries you may have by e-mail to our info@woodwardgroup.co.uk address and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.

Ongoing Updates

Should there be any further changes to our operations or procedures, we will keep this page updated with the most current information.

Stay safe and look after each other.

NEBOSH launches new health and safety career guide


Do Something Great: Your Health and Safety Career

NEBOSH has created “Do Something Great: Your Health and Safety Career” a special, free guide for those thinking about a career in health and safety.

The 32-page guide draws on the knowledge of 24 of the world’s top health and safety thought leaders. Their advice spans everything from: how to tell if a health and safety career is for you, what qualifications to take and how to train whilst juggling a day job, through to what to look for in a good employer and how to get your first break. The experts also share their top tips for CVs, handling interviews plus the role of mentors and networking in career progression.

Do Something Great includes advice from experts working in some of the most high profile and influential health and safety roles, such as Karl Simons, Chief Health, Safety & Security Officer at Thames Water, Su Corrin, Senior Health, Safety and Risk Manager at The Football Association and James Pomeroy, Group Health, Safety, Environment and Security Director at Lloyd’s Register. It also carries tips from Claire Guise, Health and Safety Manager at Marie Curie and Rachel Butler, Group HSS&Q at DeTrafford.

For those keen to develop an overseas career, the guide also draws on international experts including Dr Abdulrahman Jawahery, President of Gulf Petrochemical Industries Co (GPIC), Flavio Noè, the former Head of HSE at Gardaland, Merlin Entertainments Group in Italy, Shermin Shali, HSEQ Manager in the United Arab Emirates, and Amitabh Bhattacharya, Lead HSE Specialist for Baker Hughes in India.

Ian Taylor, NEBOSH Chief Executive, comments: “People who’ve carved out fantastic careers for themselves have generously shared their experience, to help inspire and guide the next generation. For anyone contemplating health and safety as a career, or for those who’ve already started but are keen to get to the next level, it’s an invaluable read.”

Every year tens of thousands of people take a NEBOSH qualification to support their career aspirations. So NEBOSH decided to harness the expertise and insights of some of the most experienced and influential people from the sector to provide practical advice.

Ian Taylor adds: “Health and safety is an incredibly fulfilling career choice. After all there aren’t many jobs that have the potential to save lives! It increasingly encompasses environmental protection too and you can find job opportunities in almost every industry and country around the world. What’s more, it’s a role that’s becoming very influential within organisations; there are plenty of health and safety professionals with a seat on the Board. With so much to recommend it, we inevitably get asked by a lot of people for advice on how to get into a health and safety career. We wanted to help them by providing something really practical; tips from people who’ve been there and done it.”

https://www.nebosh.org.uk/i-am/an-aspiring-hse-professional/

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As part of the NEBOSH Do Something Great campaign, they hosted a careers roundtable to share insights and advice on starting and progressing in the health and safety profession.

From getting started in health and safety, soft skills, CV do’s and don’t’s to mentors, interview questions and women in health and safety, the experts cover a huge range of topics to help budding professionals.

 

Woodward Alumni Newsletter – Autumn / Winter 2019


Alumni Newsletter – Autumn / Winter 2019
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We have now published the Autumn  / Winter 2019 edition of “SafetyNet”, our Woodward Alumni Newsletter.
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The newsletter can be downloaded here or by copying the following link into your web-browser:
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We hope it will be of interest to you.
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Merry Christmas !
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May we wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and much prosperity and success in the New Year.
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Office Closed
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Please be aware that our office will be closed for the holidays from 4.00pm on Friday 20 December 2019 until 9.00am on Thursday 02 January 2020.
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Kind regards,
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Tom Duggan
Business Development Manager
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Woodward SHE Ltd
Tel: (01900) 609175

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Woodward – A NEBOSH Gold Learning Partner


Our Learning Partner Status

I’m proud to be able to announce that Woodward SHE Ltd has been awarded NEBOSH Gold Learning Partner status.

This is the highest possible status available in the NEBOSH Learning Partner Programme, which was launched at the start of September.

We are the only NEBOSH course provider in Cumbria to achieve Gold within the Programme.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our team of tutors and office staff for all their hard work and dedication over the years, which has been recognised by this award.

 

NEBOSH Learning Partner Programme

Great learning experiences equip learners to make a positive difference to health, safety and the environment in the workplace. That’s why NEBOSH is committed to ensuring that their qualifications and courses offer the best learner experience by putting the needs of the learner first.

To achieve this aim, NEBOSH have just launched the NEBOSH Learning Partner Programme. It recognises those Learning Partners that provide learners with the best possible learning experience.

All NEBOSH Learning Partners have now been classified based on their performance against the programme’s principles which are:

  1. Ensure all learners understand what is expected of them and what they can expect from their Learning Provider.
  2. Create a learning environment that is engaging and encourages interaction that is appropriate for the course and type of delivery.
  3. Provide accurate course materials and continually update and improve them.
  4. Ensure tutors are qualified, knowledgeable, competent and engaging.
  5. Give learners feedback on their progress and provide appropriate support.
  6. Review course delivery and learner feedback and action as necessary.

NEBOSH chose these principles because they represent global best practice in the provision of course tuition and support.

Learning Partner Status

Learning Partners can be identified as follows:

  • Gold – greatly exceeds the programme’s principles
  • Silver – exceeds the programme’s principles
  • Bronze – meets the programme’s principles

 

Further information can be found on the NEBOSH website here:

https://www.nebosh.org.uk/our-news-and-events/our-news/learning-partner-programme/

Finalist in the In-Cumbria Business Awards 2019


The shortlist for the In-Cumbria Business Awards 2019 has been revealed this morning.

We are really proud to be able to reveal that Woodward SHE Ltd has been announced as one of the three finalists in the Best Family Business category.

Luke Dicicco, editor of in-Cumbria magazine and group business editor for Newsquest Cumbria, said: “Yet again, me and the in-Cumbria team have been overwhelmed by both the quantity, but most important of all, the quality of entries this year. Businesses from across the entire county have yet again done themselves proud.”

Profiles of each of the finalists appear in this month’s edition of in-Cumbria magazine, out today.  The magazine can be downloaded from here: https://www.in-cumbria.com/magazines/

Further information about the In-Cumbria Business Awards 2019 can be found here:

https://www.in-cumbria.com/news/17742599.in-cumbria-business-awards-2019-shortlist-revealed/

 

Top tips for passing your peer review interview


The peer review interview (PRI) is the final part of IOSH’s Initial Professional Development process to become a Chartered Member of IOSH.

Once members have completed the elements successfully, such as a skills development portfolio, open assessment and/or a CPD audit, they will be invited to book a PRI.

Here are a number of useful tips to think about when preparing for your interview:

  • It’s important to remember that the panel of interviewers want to know about you. Quite often, members use “we” – meaning “my organisation”. Be mindful that the interview seeks to bring together the learning and development that YOU have completed on YOUR journey through the IPD process.
  • Prepare well. It might sound obvious, but make sure you can confidently talk about your route to PRI – whether that’s being able to tease out information from your CPD entries, or by talking through your skills development portfolio.
  • The interview will start with a 10-minute presentation from you about your career history, qualifications, achievements and current responsibilities. Don’t be afraid to include your career aspirations and any future plans you may have. Also, while 10 minutes is a rough guide in terms of time, please be mindful that a 20-minute presentation could have a knock-on effect on others who are there for interview, so please be respectful.
  • Keep in mind that there are no trick interview questions. All the panel want to know, and want you to demonstrate, is that you hold the underlying knowledge required of a Chartered Member.

IOSH’s Staffordshire Branch recently recorded a mock PRI designed to familiarise IOSH members with the process and boost their confidence.

In this film, Mark James, Chair of the Branch, plays the part of an interviewee and is joined by IOSH Vice President Jonathan Hughes and a panel of OSH experts to show members what they can expect in a PRI.

The video is a useful resource for IOSH members interested in learning more and preparing for their own PRIs.

Watch it below:

For more details about the IOSH IPD process, please contact IOSH directly at membership@iosh.com

[This article is taken from here https://exclusive.iosh.com/more/news-listing/top-tips-for-passing-your-peer-review-interview/ ]