Reynolds Training Services is to invest over £150,000 into the Humber area, bringing the latest technology to the Tank Farm and Process Plant at CATCH. The move “massively increases the quality and range of training options that Reynolds can offer to the Bulk Liquid Storage sector and associated industries in the Humber region”, said the company’s Managing Director, John Reynolds.
The Bulk Liquid Storage and Process sector is a huge employer, not only in the region, but nationally; and it demands well-trained and experienced staff at every level, to ensure smooth operations and the maintenance of crucially-important safety standards.
The £12 million training facility in North East Lincolnshire offers industry authentic training and assessment. Technology is constantly updating and improving, and this new investment ensures that Reynolds will be able to continue offering relevant vocational training, tailored to the industry as it is today and will be in the future.
Speaking about the investment, Mr Reynolds added: “I am truly excited by the options it brings in developing wider competency and deeper understanding within the high hazard industry.”
Supported by Honeywell Systems, the investment by Reynolds will bring new equipment to the tank farm including:
- The latest Distribution Control System (DCS)
- Independent high-level alarms
- Radar and Servo gauging systems
- Flow control and metering system
- Remotely Operated Shut Off Valve
The first phase of planned expansion with Reynolds which will introduce road loading rigs, shipping headers, marine connections systems and pig traps.
This, said Mr Reynolds, would “further augment the invaluable experience” students gain when undertaking onsite learning at CATCH’s authentic training and assessment facilities. “They’ll get the hands-on experience they will need in their real workplaces.”
Fuelling Reynolds and CATCH’s Development Plans
The expansive site already boasts impressive facilities including a live three storey process plant with control room, bunded tank farm, process simulator, Skills Enhancement Centre, access zone, CompEx zone and confined space entry zone as well as engineering workshops and classrooms.
Reynolds harnesses the site to give students a real-world taste of safety processes within a Bulk Liquid and Process Environment, including simulating through direct operation of the DCS, and associated systems including Road, Tank to Tank transfer and Ship import and export.
CATCH continues to develop the site, and chief executive David Talbot said he was “absolutely delighted” that Reynolds Training Services “have made the decision to invest”.
“This investment shows the strength of the partnership between CATCH and Reynolds, and will greatly enhance the capability of the process plant,” he commented.
CATCH is an important asset for the region, providing much-needed skills development opportunities, and Mr Talbot said the “investment will help to take CATCH and Reynolds onto the national stage”.
“The process plant at CATCH is a unique industry scale facility that enables students to learn about process manufacturing without any of the inherent dangers of working with chemicals, and the enhanced capability is a really exciting prospect.”
Bulk liquid apprenticeships
Reynolds Training recently announced its all-new apprenticeship. Reynolds worked in conjunction with the TSA (Tank Storage Association), Cogent and the OPA (Oil & Pipelines Agency) to develop the ‘Bulk Liquid Terminal Technician Specialism’, which then gained approval from industry for use with the ‘Science Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship Standard’. This is underpinned with a new qualification developed by Reynolds, ‘The Level 3 Diploma for a Bulk Storage Operator (Technician)’ which will enable demonstration of more complex skills required within the sector.
This Apprenticeship will be delivered by Reynolds in collaboration with HETA – who have a long-established history of Apprenticeship delivery within the Engineering and Process sector.
John Reynolds said the investment further demonstrates Reynolds’ commitment to the Humber region, to the CATCH facility and their drive to enhance competence within Bulk Liquid Storage sector.
“This aligns directly with our new Apprenticeship programme, ensuring that Apprentices get to experience everything from direct hands-on operations to the very latest fully-automated systems, incorporating safety instrumented systems.”
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