TJ supports National Career Development Month


November is National Career Development Month and organisations throughout the country are being encouraged to take part to show staff they are truly valued and that they wish to invest in their development.

TJ is an employer committed to continually investing in their staff. They have an array of regular staff training in place to ensure employees’ company knowledge is kept up-to-date and that all health and safety-specific training is maintained.

In addition to this, TJ also facilitates additional training for staff who require it as part of their roles, or those that have demonstrated their ability and enthusiasm to progress.

National Career Development Month was established by the National Career Development Agency (NCDA). The month-long awareness campaign celebrates career development, encouraging organisations and individuals to get involved and think about ways in which they could improve their careers.

The NCDA provides professional development, publications, standards and advocacy to practitioners and educators who inspire and empower individuals to achieve their career and life goals. A few ways to take part include hosting career shadowing opportunities, interview practice, CV and job application writing and career vision board planning.

TJ Waste is currently putting three members of staff through the WAMITAB Operator Competence Scheme, which is designed to allow permitted waste facilities in England and Wales to demonstrate they employ technically-competent people with the knowledge and skills to ensure waste sites comply with Environmental Permitting Regulations (2007).

The staff completing this training are Health & Safety Compliance Supervisor, Jack McFarlane, Yapton Materials Recovery Facility Site Foreman, Martin Wright, and  Southampton Materials Recovery Facility Site Foreman, Adam Lewis.

All three employees are studying Level 4 Medium Risk Operator for Non-Hazardous Waste Treatment and Transfer and Level 4 High Risk Operator Competence for Managing Transfer of Hazardous Waste, whilst Jack is also due to undertake Level 4 Medium Risk Operator Competence for Open Inert Landfill as well.

The qualifications involve a set number of guided, 1-1 learning hours as well as additional personal study hours that you can complete at your own pace. Qualification time for these three qualifications ranges from 121 hours up to 241 hours depending on the subject, so these courses require a high level of commitment from participants.

Once active learning has commenced, the learner must check in with their tutor every two weeks to get their work reviewed and to enable the tutor to observe the learner conducting their duties on-site and report on them. Once the learning is complete for a qualification, the learner must submit written assignments along with supporting evidence.

WAMITAB is an awarding organisation and charity that develops qualifications for those working in waste management and recycling, cleaning and street cleansing, facilities management and parking. They work directly with industry leaders to shape and deliver employer-led qualifications that provide individuals with fit-for-purpose skills for the workplace. They also aim to embed a culture of safety and progression, making the industry more attractive as a career.

Jack said:

“Upon completion of any WAMITAB course you qualify as a Technically Competent Manager and achievement of the qualification demonstrates competency to manage permitted waste facilities in England, Wales and NI. Due to the future direction of my job role, obtaining a WAMITAB qualification is essential as it provides the education and official qualification needed to operate a waste site efficiently, safely and in line with environmental standards. It will also give me the knowledge to assist and communicate with the Environment Agency during audits and inspections.”

Learn more about TJ’s staff development including driver training and company-wide initiatives