Santia is offering unemployed people in South Wales the opportunity to gain free certified asbestos training with the aim to support work readiness to aid employment.
Our free training sessions are being delivered in our Nantgarw office as part of the UK-wide 2018 Train Safe, Work Safe, Keep Safe Campaign, which is being led by the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, part of the Department for Work and Pensions.
We have pledged the free training hours to people who are unemployed, Not in education, Employment or Training (NEETS) or are career changers in their journey to securing a job.
We are running one certified UKATA asbestos awareness training session per month on this scheme from now until March 2019.
Craig Evans, Chief Operating Officer of UKATA, explained: “We are delighted that Santia Asbestos Management Ltd is part of our Train Safe Campaign this year and supporting our ongoing drive to ensure people are aware of the dangers of asbestos.”
Since its launch in 2015, Santia has been actively involved in UKATA’s annual Train Safe, Work Safe, Keep Safe Campaign and each year has offered hours of free asbestos awareness training to individuals throughout the UK.
Having the relevant asbestos awareness training, could open up career opportunities within the construction, building and facilities management industries.
The campaign is part of UKATA’s drive to ensure more people are asbestos aware, particularly in the public sector due to the number of ageing schools and hospitals that contain asbestos.
Despite the deadly building material being banned in the UK in 1999, more than 1.3 million people in the UK still come into occupational contact with asbestos and it is responsible for more than 5,000 deaths every year.
With many buildings that were constructed or refurbished before the year 2000, particularly between the 1950s and 1980s, containing asbestos, there is an increasing need for people to be aware of the dangers of this cancer-causing material.
Craig Evans added: “Understanding the risk of asbestos and where it could potentially be in a building is a very desirable skill to have on your CV and could open the door to employment in a number of sectors.”
Improper handling of asbestos-containing materials can prove fatal, in fact, asbestos is the single biggest cause of work-related deaths. When disturbed, asbestos releases fibres which become airborne, and when inhaled, can lead to debilitating asbestos related diseases such as Asbestosis or Mesothelioma.
It was the asbestos ticking timebomb that led to UKATA being established in 2008. Now a leading authority for asbestos training provision in the UK, UKATA set the standards in asbestos training and ensure that they are maintained by the growing numbers of UKATA-approved training providers.
To book your free certified asbestos training with Santia Asbestos Management Ltd, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or to contact your local Jobcentre visit www.ukata.org.uk/train-safe-campaign
Ellie Clarke, Training Consultant