Waste management offers a significant career paths for both operators and management.
The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management offered qualifications in all aspects of the industry, driving up standards and competence. There are also City and Guilds qualifications for waste management staff.
For waste industry operators, the operators’ competence scheme registers ability to operate a permitted waste facility. It’s approved by Defra, Welsh government, the Environment Agency, and National Resource Wales for operators in England and Wales.
Operators need to demonstrate personal competence within the framework set down by government regulations. It’s flexible enough to identify the risks involved in different types of waste management facility, and tests operators on the types of risks they can reasonably expect. Split into low, medium and high risk, it’s made clear to candidates and regulators what level of competence is required at any one site.
It’s also a continuing course, allowing for continued retesting every two years, or if risks change.
The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management says that the benefits of their qualification means that competent persons are easily identifiable on any waste site. “The scheme ensures that the requirement for demonstrating technical competence is flexible, proportional to the risk of the facility and that individuals have an element of choice in how they achieve/ demonstrate their competence where possible,” the CIWB says.
The City and Guilds Award in Sustainable Waste Management is recognised across the United Kingdom and “provides the skills and knowledge required to assess occupational competence in various areas of the waste management industry, including waste collection, weighbridge and site operatives and supervisory roles,” C&G says.
The award allows the candidate to demonstrate safe working in an efficient manner in accordance with industry standards. It’s also part of the Sustainable Resource Management Apprenticeship, offering a continued career path for the operator. C&G say this is the ideal course for the person on their first job in waste collection, allowing them to move on to a supervisory role.
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