In February, Doug Fox successfully completed his fourth and final ILM unit, and was presented with his ILM Qualification certificate.
Doug is the Asbestos Manager for KDC Contractors Ltd, who specialise in providing decommissioning, demolition, asbestos removal and land remediation services to the nuclear, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, energy and utility sectors.
During the 28 years Doug has been working in the industry, he has always been looking to progress and develop, gaining qualifications covering asbestos removal and demolition, and becoming a member of industry institutes. After learning about ARCA’s Leadership & Management Qualification it was the next development step for him.
“ARCA’s ILM qualification, which they designed specifically for the asbestos removal industry, seemed ideal for my development and for my role, as I manage teams removing hazardous asbestos material, which can be on large and sometimes hazardous sites. As the management at KDC is fully supportive of development, I soon signed up to start,” commented Doug Fox.
“The qualification has been developed well by ARCA, as all four units were very relevant to the asbestos industry and all units complimented each other. During the classroom sessions, it was interesting to learn new concepts and also to have some which I have been using reinforced. I also came to understand more of why and how these skills are so important.
“One element I’ve strengthened is communication – with all members of the teams. I now spend even more time on-site and hold review meetings with the whole team not just the supervisor. This has been extremely beneficial to all and the projects.
“I’ve also increased the time I spend in coaching and developing members of my teams. Hopefully some operatives will progress up the ladder, like I did.
“When I began this qualification, there were some challenging times especially as the subjects were very involved, but classroom sessions were invaluable and the tutor support was excellent. My thanks to my tutor, Shaun, who was always positive, gave useful feedback and helped drive me to completion,” stated Doug.
“I’ve developed some management principles and introduced others into practice, which I believe are all proving to be beneficial. I see my teams being more communicative, more motivated and more productive.”
Shaun Wilson, ARCA tutor, commented, “It has been brilliant seeing the development in Doug over the four ILM units. He could see the benefits and developed a very positive attitude.
“As a tutor, it is rewarding not only to see a candidate gain this qualification, but also to hear what was learnt is being put into practice. Congratulations to Doug.”