WAMITAB Programme Manager, Sharon Simpson gives us the background of WAMITAB and about the different qualifications they can offer those involved in the vehicle dismantling industry including the SHE Technician Apprenticeship Standard.
Did you know that WAMITAB, or the Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board to use our full name, was set up in 1989 as a joint initiative by the Road Haulage Association (RHA); what is now known as the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM); the National Association of Waste Disposal Contractors (NAWDC) later to become the Environmental Services Association; and the then Institute of Wastes Management later to become the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)?
From the outset the aim was to serve the industry as the effects of increasing regulation around waste, recycling, reuse and disposal was beginning to take hold. WAMITAB has been developing vocational qualifications for 30 years, starting with a core offer relating to Waste Management Licensing Regulations and the development of a framework for the Certificate of Technical Competence (COTC). The first COTC was awarded in 1995, by 1999 there were some 1000 COTC holders and by 2007 the 9000th COTC had been issued.
Despite the name, WAMITAB is not a formal training provider, instead our range of vocational qualifications is offered through a network of approved centres. We currently have over 70 centres delivering quality provision and are always keen to welcome new centres on board.
Continuing Competence was introduced ten years ago in March 2009. Initially there was a fixed two-year cycle but a rolling programme was introduced in late 2013 to make the scheme more flexible and accessible, and certificates now include an expiry date.
Over time WAMITAB’s coverage has expanded reflecting changes in the industry that saw the larger organisations moving into the wider facilities management arena incorporating street cleansing, industrial cleaning and parking into their service offer.
In January 2018, WAMITAB was selected by the Ministry of Justice as the exclusive Awarding Organisation for cleaning, facilities management and waste management qualifications across Her Majesty’s Prison Service establishments in England and Wales. Following a transition period from August 2018, the contract officially went live from Monday 1st April 2019. Working with the prison estate has been a long-standing tradition for WAMITAB; and some of our qualifications have been delivered in a prison setting for over 15 years, but this contract reflects a more formal arrangement and offers an opportunity to facilitate beyond-the-gate pathways into employment in the sector for those who achieve the qualifications.
Also during 2018 we gained approval as an End-point Assessment Organisation (EPAO); and are the EPAO for the Metal Recycling General Operative Standard (Level 2) as well as the Waste Resource Operative Standard (Level 2) and more recently added Safety Health and Environment (or SHE for short) Technician to our offer.
About the SHE Technician Apprenticeship Standard
SHE Technicians play a key role in helping prevent workplace accidents, injuries and health problems; hence the relevance for some organisations involved in end of life vehicle depollution and/or vehicle dismantling for parts and salvage.
- Level: 3
- Typical duration: 24 months
- Maximum funding: £5000
- Occupational Profile: combination of office-based activity and face-to-face advice on how to work without causing harm. SHE Technicians work with management and delivery teams advising on the statutory health, safety and environmental requirements, embedding a culture that ensures everyone is able to return home unharmed every day whilst also protecting and enhancing the global land, air and water resources for future generations.
- Entry requirements: Achieved or working towards 5 GCSEs A*- C (including English and Maths) as well as having knowledge to level 1 equivalent for commonly used office computer applications.
- End-point Assessment: Knowledge test comprising multiple choice and short answer questions; workplace project and presentation and a professional discussion.
- Grades: Pass, Distinction and Fail in each assessment
What apprentices will learn
- identifying and assessing hazards
- how to advise and train staff about health and safety practices
- risk assessment methods
- techniques for recording and investigating workplace accidents
Link to Professional Registration
Upon completion learners will be able to join the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) at TechIOSH level. They will also be eligible to join the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) at Affiliate level.
The last few years in England have seen a gradual move from apprenticeship frameworks to standards (though frameworks remain in place in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland). There are a number of current frameworks for some occupational areas, eg, the Level 4 Sustainable Resource Operations and Management. However, all apprenticeship frameworks will be withdrawn at the end of the 2019/20 academic year and will not be available for new starts after 1st August 2020.
Employers with a pay bill over £3 million each year have been paying the apprenticeship levy since April 2017, which is reported and paid to HMRC through the PAYE process and then accessing the funding pot through the apprenticeship service to manage apprenticeship programmes and payments.
If you do not pay the levy, you will not be able to use the apprenticeship service to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment. However, some of the larger levy-paying employers are transferring funds to organisations in their supply chain so they can access the apprenticeship service.
A list of all the apprenticeship programmes (standards and frameworks) is available at www.instituteforapprenticeships.org or contact WAMITAB for more information about how we can support you on your apprenticeship journey.