Sponsored content: Pioneering water jetting academy wins praise

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A new training organisation aiming to set a new standard in water jetting training has been delivering its first suite of courses with strong feedback for the quality of facilities and tuition provided.

The Water Jetting Training Academy (WJTA) has developed a new approach to training that gives drainage contractors greater certainty their training will not be disrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It has opened bespoke training facility on the site of Poole Process Equipment Ltd, in Poole, Dorset, a leading manufacturer of heat exchangers and fin fans and part of the ASL Group.

The WTA is challenges the convention of delivering Water Jetting Association (WJA) training solely at client sites. It also allows additional courses to be provided. The academy already offers first aid training with more courses planned.

Infection control and disinfection protocols at the academy are also designed to exceed government requirements.

Colin Leslie, owner of CTL Works, a drainage and plumbing contractor in Plymouth, attended the WJA safety awareness course and the drain and sewer module at the academy.

He said: “I wanted to be sure of the kind of facilities the training will take place to maximise COVID-19 safety, and the WJTA centre was brilliant on this score. Every detail of social distancing and personal protection was thought of.

“The facilities the academy has for practical learning and the detail they went into during the course meant I learned a lot more than I thought I would. It was very impressive and must be the way forward.”

Dr Robert Kennedy, Head of Research & Development and Training at the WJTA, said: “Due to pandemic, utility and drainage contractors need operational certainty more than ever. They also want the best training outcomes. We want to break the mould and our clients can see that already.”

The WJTA offers City & Guilds courses across the WJA syllabus, including the safety awareness (SA) theory course and all practical modules – drain and sewer (DS), surface preparation (SP), tube and pipe (TP), and hydrodemolition (HD).

The academy can also provide the WJA safety and awareness course as an online course during the pandemic.

The WJTA is part of a new training and research division within the ASL Group which delivers a wide range of water jetting services to the utilities, oil and gas and petrochemical industries in Great Britain and overseas, including operating its own site in the Middle East.