Groundforce Training win at the Energy and Utility Skills Awards

07 Nov
Groundforce Training have won a prestigious national award for their work in the water and wastewater sector.

Chris Gearren, Groundforce Training Manager, collected the Water Industry Training Organisation of the Year award at the Institute of Water’s National President’s Dinner and Energy and Utility Skills Awards event, held at the historic Royal Armouries in Leeds on October 12th.

Phil Beach, CBE Chief Executive – Energy and Utility Skills, said: “Groundforce Training’s instructors have received praise from across the water industry and are highly valued by their partners. Although this year was highly competitive, we were very happy to select Groundforce as our Water Industry Training Organisation of the Year for their efforts.”

The judges felt that Groundforce Training clearly demonstrated how they pro-actively and passionately champion the provision of training to make a tangible difference in the water and wastewater sector.

With a progressive and committed approach to provide a consistent experience of training and assessment to candidates in the water sector, they have attained a high level of respect among their peers and stakeholders.

The Groundforce Training team of instructors works with water companies and contractors such as Clancy Docwra, M&S Water Services (Utilities) Ltd, J Browne Construction and J Murphy & Sons who praised the team for their consistency, excellence and commitment to championing skills within water and wastewater.

Chris Gearren said: “I was honoured to accept, on behalf of my hard working and dedicated team at Vp plc Groundforce Training, the Water Industry Training Organisation of the Year award for 2022. Presented by the CEO of EU Skills, Phil Beach, at the Institute of Water Presidents Dinner on 12th October.

“The industry spoke by recognising our consistency of training delivery, standards adhered to, our nationwide capabilities, the skillsets of our instructors, and most of all our desire to listen and adapt to the changing needs of the water industry.

“The specialist safety and technical training provided by Groundforce is second to none and it was great to be recognised. I’d like to thank the Institute of Water, EU Skills and all of our clients for making the night one to remember.”

Groundforce Training operates nationally across all UK regions, delivering a comprehensive range of courses for the construction industry. They train and assess thousands of individuals from the water and wastewater sectors per year, from large and small companies. Instructors teach both EUSR-endorsed courses as well as those mapped to industry schemes, which means they are instrumental in improving safety and efficiency across the sector.