It is unusual to see a female undertake an asbestos removal operative training course, yet recently two females attended the course at ARCA.
Even though their roles are in operational administration, these ladies wanted to understand more about asbestos removal on-site and the operative’s duties, to help them in their roles at Colt Industrial Services Ltd.
After the training course Keira Finnerty commented, “I’ve been working for Colt Industrial for almost 17 years supporting our contract managers and assisting with the documentation required for a licensed asbestos removal project. My colleague and I undertook two of the three days to obtain an overview of the asbestos removal process through theoretical and practical training.”
“The course was excellent and the trainer delivered the information well, including demonstrations. I now understand clearly lots of elements, some I’ve only seen on paper, and how critical these are for the safety of our teams, such as face-fit masks and how they work – I even wore one!”
“This ARCA course was a real eye opener for me as I’m new to the industry, I joined Colt Industrial eight months ago and got promoted to the asbestos division of the company this week,” said Hollie Clarkson. “By taking this course I’ve learnt things that I wouldn’t have been able to in the office and I understand what our operatives actually have to do on-site. It has also highlighted the importance of my role in supporting our on-site teams with tasks such as training needs analysis.”
“The trainer, and also all the other candidates, were very welcoming and supportive throughout the course. I never thought I would be building an airlock in my first week of work!”
The ARCA trainer, Shaun Wilson, commented, “It’s great that member companies also consider the training needs of their administration staff, as they have an important role to play in the health and safety of the teams on-site.”