Staff at Middlesbrough Council are taking their learning higher with Middlesbrough College

11 September 2019

A cohort of 35 staff members enrolled on to the IOSH Managing Safely programme to improve their knowledge and understanding of health and safety in the workplace.
With many of the staff managing frontline services, Middlesbrough Council knew the importance of upskilling and investing in their team.

Martin Shepherd, Head of Property and Commercial Services said.
“I have a few high risk areas with building works and transport and health and safety is front and centre of everything we do.

“We needed to ensure our operational managers had the skills and knowledge to ensure a safe working environment for staff and customers.”

The IOSH Managing Safely course, delivered by Carol Hockworth at Middlesbrough College, gives learners a foundation in Health and Safety and is designed for any sector, meaning learnings can be applied to various settings.

Michelle Shaw & Inge Chapman, Workforce Development Support Officers were responsible for organising the training with Middlesbrough College, Michelle said.
“We chose Middlesbrough College as they were a local, trusted provider. It’s our job to source training around compliance so we need to be confident the training delivered is of the best standard.

“We gave the college our requirements which were quite specific, we needed to train a large cohort but couldn’t send everyone out together or train people on 4 consecutive days, the college worked with us to be flexible and provided a training programme that worked for us and our staff.”

Delivered either in the work place or at Middlesbrough College, Training Advisors are able to work on a tailored programme that aims to minimise the disruption to an organisation’s day to day operations.

Katie Bargewell, Business Manager at Middlesbrough Council said:
“The course really helped my understanding of health and safety whilst out on site.  I was studying one day a week for four weeks and in-between studies I was able to apply what I had learnt to the job which really helped.”

Ged Faint, Principal Passenger Transport Officer added:
“I manage frontline transport services so it is really important that I have this knowledge and expertise.

“The teaching was fantastic, I didn’t expect it to be as interactive as it was, and you didn’t just sit and listen. I was able to analyse where I thought there may be areas for development within the team and apply what I had learnt almost instantly, improving our overall operations and service.”

If you’d like to find out how Middlesbrough College can help your organisation manage health and safety, contact them on 01642 333864 or email

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