Reynolds Training Services has had its qualification approved by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) – a notable achievement as it is the first level 3 diploma to be approved by IChemE.
Approval has been awarded for Tank Storage Association (TSA) associate member Reynolds Training Services’ Bulk Storage Operator Technician level 3 diploma. The diploma is part of a two-year apprenticeship, which offers a wider focus on process and occupational safety, human factors and emergency response, aligning these elements with technical operations.
The programme is a mix of vocational and academic learning, delivered in conjunction with HETA (Humberside Engineering Training Association) at Reynolds Training Services, which is based at the CATCH Training facility in Stallingborough, North East Lincolnshire, U.K.
A qualification approved by IChemE provides a new route to technical recognition for the sector, meaning that apprentices can go on to the professional Engineering Technician (EngTech) qualification.
The IChemE assessors commended Reynolds Training Services for their “outstanding simulation facility of a full-scale tank farm that offers a realistic, professional environment and which provides trainee engineers ample work-based experience in real-world problem-solving and risk assessment for major accident hazards”.
The assessors also praised the course leaders for teaching the process safety fundamentals at an exceptionally high standard.
Reynolds Training’s Managing Director, John Reynolds, said: “The new qualification creates clear career pathways for individuals. It’s about showing them how they can not only advance their own aspirations, but those of our industry. As a technical qualification, it signposts a career journey through IChemE’s engineering technician process. From managerial, safety engineering, maintenance and beyond, it empowers people to broaden their career horizons, advance their skills and, crucially, keep those ever-burgeoning skills within the sector.”
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