Gate Safe, the pioneering charity that was the first to raise awareness of the need for improved standards in the safety of automated gates, marked another important milestone recently as the organisation – which is supported by many independent third parties including Risk Xtra as Media Partner – celebrated its 150th training event. The event was held at Trade Skills 4U’s facilities in Crawley (itself a long-standing supporter of Gate Safe). The latest training session, in fact, now brings the total number of installers on the acclaimed national register of Gate Safe Aware installers up to 1,700.
Since the initial roll-out of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health-approved training, Gate Safe has delivered its popular ‘plain English’ instruction with a strong practical focus on a regular basis. All delegates that pass the course are eligible to feature on the Gate Safe Register which has quickly become the go-to source of information for anyone looking to appoint a competent and suitably trained automated gate installer.
Commenting on the continued growth of the Gate Safe Register, founder Richard Jackson said: “Our training has been specifically developed to cater for the needs of the average installer who’s keen to uphold the highest standards in automated gate safety on behalf of their end users. Working with Trade Skills 4U over the past five years has allowed us to extend the reach of our gate safety messaging to professionals such as electricians to ensure they understand the required protocol needed to deliver a safe gate or barrier.”
Jackson continued: “We recognise the need to not over-complicate with technical jargon, but instead focus on the practical application of the training. Our courses are highly interactive, and we regularly adapt the training to accommodate feedback from the installer community and, of course, to reflect any changes in recommended Best Practice. Having now trained over 1,700 installers – which represents 690 companies – we believe our training to be the Best-in-Class, endorsed by 12 key opinion-former bodies which include RoSPA, the Association of Fencing Industries, the Electrical Contractors’ Association, the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (there’s a dedicated Gate Safe ECS-related discipline white card) and Handsam, the expert in education compliance management.”
Jackson went on to state: “In addition to providing the relevant content for the installer community, we’re also respectful of the need to recognise that the training doesn’t place the smaller installer company under too much pressure, both in terms of financial outlay and time spent out of the business. Such has been the demand for Gate Safe training – the numbers have increased by over 180% since 2014 – that we’ve had to expand our team of trainers. We now have three members of the team out in the field delivering training both at our preferred training venues around the UK as well as in-house.”
*For more information on the Gate Safe campaign visit www.gate-safe.org