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Craig Roberts

Craig Roberts

Craig works as a shift plant operator for the Veolia Staffordshire Energy Recovery Facility. The site takes residual waste and turns it into useful energy in the form of electricity.

Veolia introduced this training in 2017 and further staff joined the programme is 2018. The programme consists of six distance learning courses, specifically chosen to up-skill and support the staff in undertaking their work. Each course has a minimum study time of 80 hours, set at Level 3, and is fully supported by Veolia Staffordshire ERF.

The subjects in the programme are:

  • Mathematics for Engineers.
  • Mechanical Principles.
  • Instrumentation and Control.
  • Electrical and Electronics Principles.
  • HVAC
  • Hydraulic and Pneumatic Principles.

Craig joined the programme with the second group and is the first person to complete the training.

The standard of his work, consisting of in course assessments, virtual practical work and multiple-choice end tests was excellent and he managed his time extremely efficiently, I would recommend him for a Certificate of Merit.

Craig Roberts – Shift Plant Operator – Veolia Staffordshire ERF

The course was a bit daunting at first, coming from a background with limited engineering experience, but with the support of my colleagues, shift team leader, manager and NCT, I eventually got the results to put me in a good position for further progression in the future.

Trevor Leach – NCT Technical Director and Course Tutor – says

This is the first time that this full six subject tailored training courses has been taken up using distance learning, as it is a very demanding programme to be fitted in around full-time employment.

Craig and the other staff undertaking the training have all worked very hard and efficiently, at their own pace, in making the progress that has taken place and it is to their credit that they have persevered with it and achieved so much.

The support they have received from Veolia and the managers and other staff has been excellent and I would recommend that the company should also receive a Certificate of Merit for providing and supporting this long-term opportunity so well.