0 A refocus on training

After the busiest start to the spring season in years, Grounds Training says organisations across the country are catching up with postponed training and planning for the new financial year.

"Some companies put training on hold last year, while others moved some of theirs online where possible", says Lead Instructor, Martin Sampson. "What we've seen is how eager everyone has been to get back to face-to-face training. From keen amateurs to company directors, the feedback we've received is that there is no substitute for interaction with experienced instructors. Being able to get hands-on with equipment in a workplace environment is also critical for learners at all levels."

He also highlighted the need for managers to consider the training requirements of staff members returning from furlough.

"There are people who have been out of the workplace for lengthy periods, and many are returning at an extremely busy and often stressful time. When it comes to using machinery, it's easy to get out of the habit of carrying out important checks and following best practice. To ensure the safety of people returning to work, their colleagues and facility users, I'd encourage supervisors to consider return to work inductions to confirm competence and boost confidence. These can be carried out alongside seasonal staff inductions. Refresher training is also a great way of regrouping and refocusing teams."

Grounds Training has added several new courses to its portfolio, including a Train the Trainer course specific to ground care machinery, training for the use of remote-controlled mowers and battery powered equipment, and a suite of Lantra accredited machinery maintenance courses which include mower sharpening, mower set-up, machinery hydraulics and machinery electrics.

For further information, visit www.groundstraining.com/courses

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