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ALS Safety named IPAF Training Centre of the year

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ALS Safety, Riwal UK’s training division, has been named IPAF Training Centre of the Year at the 2019 International Awards for Powered Access (IAPA).

The award was announced at a ceremony held in Dubai on 6 March attended by representatives from the powered access industry across the world.

The IAPA award is presented to the IPAF training centre that demonstrates exceptional growth in trainee numbers, uses innovative training methods, raises awareness of safety and promotes IPAF training in new regions.

Significant growth in trainee numbers

ALS Safety, based at our new ‘leading edge’ London North facility in Hemel Hempstead, has achieved a 13 per cent increase in trainee numbers in 2018 and has introduced a virtual reality simulator for working at height training, which has been used at Riwal training centres across Europe.

It has also recruited an additional six IPAF instructors and provided training services for customers in Denmark, Ireland, Portugal and Romania, as well as in the UK.

ALS Safety Managing Director Darren Verschuren said: “2018 has been a very successful year for ALS Safety, thanks to the hard work of the whole team and the support provided by Riwal.

“Gaining the recognition from our respected peers in the powered access industry through winning this IAPA tells us that our strategy for promoting and delivering high quality working at height training is imperative.”

An asset for the working at height community

Riwal UK Country Manager Mick Ledden said: “We’re incredibly pleased and proud to have ALS Safety as part of Riwal UK. They’re a fantastic team, always pushing forward with new ideas to support safe working at height. They are a great asset for us, and for the wider working at height community.”

The nationwide network of ALS Safety training centres operates seven days a week and in evenings to provide training outside normal working hours for customers who cannot get time off work or who work shift patterns. Weekends are now the busiest time for training.

IAPA judges were impressed by the company’s investment in its training facilities last year including opening a new training centre in Central London and a flagship training centre in Kent. The new facilities are large enough to accommodate the continuing growth in trainee numbers and support the highest training standards.

ALS Safety also trained 17 new IPAF instructors, including four in Ireland, and helped to open the first Riwal IPAF training centre in Denmark.

Developing international training standards

The company supports the development and maintenance of international training standards by participating in the design and review of IPAF training courses, including the IPAF Load and Unload course and the new MEWP for Managers e-learning training programme.

In 2018 Riwal UK purchased its first VR Simulator, one of just six in Europe, and ALS Safety is now working with manufacturer Serious Labs to design VR simulator scenarios for use on MEWPs when maintaining aircrafts.

ALS Safety takes its commitment to corporate social responsibility seriously, raising more than £2,500 for Breast Cancer Now, a UK cancer research charity, with more fundraising events planned for 2019.