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ISPE Opens The Door To CSCS Cards New £1.5m Re-training Fund Launches For CIMSPA Qualifications As an official awarding organisation partner for CIMSPA, Safety Training Awards welcomes the announcement that £1.5m training is being made available to retool the sport and physical workforce. This will include funding for STA’s pool plant operator, swimming teaching, open water swimming and lifeguard qualifications as they are all endorsed by CIMSPA against the sector’s Professional Standards. Launched by CIMSPA on 8 September 2020, ReTrain is a new £1.5m training initiative that is being funded by the National Lottery through Sport England. The funding announcement follows a recent CIMSPA survey which indicated that up to 6% of the activity workforce (30,000) people are planning to leave the sector. ReTrain has been designed to support employer partners of CIMSPA, CLUK and ukactive with sites in England, by providing free training for new and existing staff, to enable them to work in new areas. CIMSPA state this will allow employers to continue providing valuable services to their

local community, and that there will be a particular emphasis on areas of social deprivation. During Phase 1 of the funding process, CIMSPA have confirmed the focus will be on courses that lead to CIMSPA endorsed qualifications – qualifications that are endorsed against the sector’s Professional Standards – to help businesses recover after lockdown. Claire Brisbourne, Safety Training Awards Director, says: “This is fantastic news for all of STA’s swim school members and partners that are employer partners of CIMSPA, CLUK or ukactive. The leisure industry has been hit hard by the pandemic and as CIMSPA’s survey indicates we are in danger of losing valuable skilled people. This much-welcomed funding will positively help the aquatics industry plug the skills gaps so that they continue to deliver their services.” Safety Training Awards 01922 645097 www.safetytrainingawards.co.uk

With registration cards becoming essential for all tradespeople working in the plumbing industry, the UK-PHMES CSCS Registration Scheme, administered by the JIB-PMES (Joint Industry Board for Plumbing Mechanical and Engineering Services in England and Wales) has become invaluable. The card shows site managers, employers and other tradespeople that the card holder is qualified for the work they are doing, and has passed a Health & Safety Test. Following a recent change in how cards for PMES related occupations are issued, the JIB-PMES has introduced a specific CSCS Related Occupation card category for ‘Swimming Pool and Leisure System Installers’ and: • Any applicant who can demonstrate successful completion of the ISPE Home Study Course will meet the eligibility criteria for the above card • Applicants who can demonstrate current membership of ISPE – i.e. who meet the ‘Certified Technician’ criteria ‘TnISPE(Cert.)’ – or full membership ‘MISPE’ will also meet the eligibility criteria for the above card. The new PMES card category, ‘Swimming Pool and Leisure Systems Installer’ (Blue card) is intended for those whose work includes the installation, servicing and maintenance of swimming pools, saunas/steam rooms and hot tubs. Applicants must also have passed a valid Heath, Safety and Environment test. Applicants may apply for the new card, and further details are available on the JIB PMES website – www.jib-pmes.org ISPE Company Secretary, Chris Carr, FISPE, said, “This will give enormous additional value to Institute members, especially those who work on site, and company owners/ employers will see the extra value of ISPE membership and the ISPE Home Study Course.” ISPE 01603 499959 www.ispe.co.uk

RLSS UK Welcomes Loan A Lifeguard As New Partner A shared vision of keeping people safe around water and improving water safety has seen Loan A Lifeguard become a Water Safety Partner of the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK). RLSS UK’s water safety partnerships are designed with one aim in mind: to bring together the water safety and drowning prevention work of the Society, in collaboration with products and services that innovate and celebrate the safe enjoyment of water for everyone. “Working in collaboration with partners and our customers, is essential if we are to succeed in the aim of reducing fatalities and mitigating the risk of water-related injuries and non-fatal drowning,” said Rebecca Collinson, Loan A Lifeguard Co-Owner.

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As people look to the future and the welcome return of private and corporate, functions and events, the Loan A Lifeguard team are ready to fulfil shortterm, temporary business and private hire positions. Fully-qualified from RLSS UK’s suite of professionally recognised, national lifeguarding qualifications, as well as qualified to administer basic first-aid, DBS checked and insured, Loan A Lifeguard offer the largest network of lifeguards and spa operatives across the UK. “We are exceptionally proud to be working with, learning from and supporting RLSS UK, to be a world-

leader in lifeguarding and delivering more drowning prevention education,” added Ms Collinson. A commercial and mutually beneficial relationship, an RLSS UK Water Safety Partner can profit from the bespoke and robust guidance, advice and training that RLSS UK experts provide them, which in turn confers reassurance and peace-ofmind for their customers. In return, RLSS UK is able to align themselves with the very highest standard of product or service provider that share their vision of nations without drowning, where everyone can enjoy water, safely. RLSS UK 0300 323 0096 www.rlss.org.uk

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Informing the pool and spa industry since 1959. Covering the UK's wet leisure market, SPN (Swimming Pool News) is the UK's longest running a...