9 Reasons to make 2019 the year to invest in steam systems training
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Provide the knowledge for your team to work safely. Effective training allows you to ensure regulations and processes are met correctly – particularly in the case of health & safety related training and areas of the business which require a prescribed process to be followed. The BOAS course is a good example of this as the BG01 guidelines recommend that boiler operators and managers achieve the national industry standards which this course covers.
Why not make an investment in your training?
Why training you may ask? I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been left scratching my head at some people’s opinion of training.
All too often, I hear comments like “I’ve been in my job for years – why do I need training?” or “I haven’t got any budget for training – I’d rather spend my limited budget on other things”.
Comments like these miss the point. They fail to acknowledge that professional development is much more than a mere box-ticking exercise – it’s an investment, and a worthy one at that.
With this in mind, and to prove my point, I’ve outlined nine (yes, nine!) reasons why you should give training the investment it deserves.
1. Improve staff retention and motivation
Let’s face it, we all like to be looked after at work and what better way to demonstrate the commitment you have to your teams than providing them with relevant training. The opportunity to upskill demonstrates that you value their commitment and contribution to the organisation.
2. Provide the knowledge for your team to work safely
Effective training allows you to ensure regulations and processes are met correctly – particularly in the case of health & safety related training and areas of the business which require a prescribed process to be followed. The BOAS course is a good example of this as the BG01 guidelines recommend that boiler operators and managers achieve the national industry standards which this course covers.
3. Increase productivity
A highly trained workforce enables you to make the most of their skills and knowledge. After all, a team of specialists will have a deeper understanding of what is required of them, and how this plays a part in the organisation’s process efficiency.
4. Stay current
Processes, requirements, and legislation all evolve over time, so it’s important your teams are working to the latest standards rather than those which may have been surpassed.
5. Create a diverse skill set
Why not raise the bar when it comes to sharing knowledge within your team? Training provides an opportunity to share best practice, to allow individuals more opportunity for career progression, and to give the organisation a more robust succession plan.
6. Turn the theory into practice
Team members who know the job in hand and understand its background can make a much more valuable contribution to the plant they’re working on. By turning your training experience into practice, you can be much more confident and efficient in everything you do.
7. Increase your competitive advantage
When your team is confident in its knowledge base, it can address an array of site queries, no matter how complex – and there aren’t many teams who can say that, are there?
8. Support specific roles with specific skills
Specific job roles need specific skills which can only be achieved through specific training courses. Simple.
9. Attract the best talent
Investing in your staff sends a clear message that you value their contribution and are willing to invest in their future with you. This is a hugely attractive proposition and could be the difference in you hiring the best talent.
Trust me when I say that training could well prove to be the best investment you make this year.
Make 2019 the year to develop your steam engineering skills. Check out our range of courses available throughout 2019 with our UK Training Course brochure.
All courses offered at the UK Steam Technology Centre are either Spirax Sarco certified or lead to a nationally recognised accreditation from professional bodies such as City & Guilds, Combustion Engineering Association (CEA) and The Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE).
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