Train for an advanced qualification

A new training programme has been launched enabling maintenance technicians to achieve the national level five advanced trade qualification through a programme of block courses and distance learning.
Skills4Work Maintenance Training Centre has put the programme together based on its maintenance excellence training courses. The programme runs over 18 months and is split into three, six-month long semesters.
Each semester starts with a five day block course and is followed by two or three additional unit standards that can be completed via distance learning.
Skills4Work’s maintenance training manager Phil Hurford says: “Skills4Work has been running courses for maintenance technicians, supervisors and managers for several years and these are becoming ever more popular with more than 100 people attending them this year.
“We have now taken these courses as the core component of the training to achieve the national level five certificate in maintenance & general engineering.
“Most people know this simply as the advanced trade certificate. Until now, the only way to achieve this qualification was through distance learning by correspondence, but without tutor support and direction this is not an easy thing to do.
“With this new programme, distance learning plays a much smaller part and there is a dedicated tutor available to help with any problems.”