UKATA Train Safe Campaign.
Casa are supporting the campaign to give unemployed people in Bristol the opportunity to gain free certified asbestos training in order to get work ready.
The free training is being delivered by our training manager Lee Hardy, as part of the UK-wide 2018/2019 Train Safe, Work Safe, Keep Safe Campaign. This is being led by the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, part of the Department for Work and Pensions.
Casa is one of a number of UKATA member companies that have pledged hundreds of free training hours to people who are unemployed, Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEETS) or are career changers in their journey to securing a job.
Director, Ben House, said “Being a part of UKATA’s Train Safe Campaign is just a small role we can play in potentially turning around someone’s future. We recognise how important it is to get people back in to work and arming them with vital training that will assist them in securing long term employment. Our accredited training will be essential for anyone looking for a career in the construction industry and is one step towards the employment ladder.”
Craig Evans, Chief Operating Officer of UKATA, explained: “We are delighted that Casa are a part of our Train Safe Campaign this year and supporting our ongoing drive to ensure people are aware of the dangers of asbestos.”
Since its launch in 2015, UKATA’s annual Train Safe, Work Safe, Keep Safe Campaign has offered more than 15,000 hours of free asbestos awareness training to individuals throughout the UK.
Having the relevant asbestos awareness training, could open up career opportunities within the construction industry and also building and facilities management.
The campaign is part of UKATA’s drive to ensure more people are asbestos aware, particularly in the public sector due to the number of ageing schools and hospitals that contain asbestos.
Despite the deadly building material being banned in the UK in 1999, more than 1.3 million people in the UK still come into occupational contact with asbestos and it is responsible for more than *5,000 deaths every year.
With many buildings that were constructed or refurbished before the year 2000, particularly between the 1950s and 1980s, containing asbestos, there is an increasing need for people to be aware of the dangers of this cancer-causing material.
Improper handling of asbestos-containing materials can prove fatal, it is the single biggest cause of work-related deaths. When disturbed, asbestos releases fibre dust particulates into the air which when inhaled, can lead to debilitating asbestosis disease or fatal mesothelioma.
UKATA are now a leading authority for asbestos training provision in the UK and set the standards in asbestos training ensuring that they are maintained by the growing numbers of training providers.
To book your free certified asbestos training with Casa Environmental Services, please contact your local Jobcentre or visit www.ukata.org.uk/train-safe-campaign