Qualifications success for SBC roads team

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STAFF from Scottish Borders Council’s Roads and Fleet department recently attended a ceremony to celebrate their success in achieving a range of Scottish and National Vocational Qualifications (SVQs and NVQs) and Health and Safety certificates.

Thirty nine staff in total- 21 manual workers, six technical staff and 12 management staff - were successful across a number of levels and qualifications: 19 staff achieved S/NVQ Level 2 in Highways Maintenance; two staff achieved S/NVQ Level 2 in Roadbuilding; five staff achieved S/NVQ Level 3 in Construction Contracting Operations; one person achieved S/NVQ Level 3 in Signmaking and 12 staff achieved their Safety Representatives Certificate, awarded by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

Commenting on their success, Robert Young, Head of Engineering and Infrastructure, said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to these staff on achieving their qualifications.

“By supporting and investing in staff, the Council ensures that their knowledge and skills are strengthened.

“This means the Council is able to maintain compliance with the law and current regulations and ensure that the Borders roads network is developed and maintained safely and to a high standard.”

Staff development is co-ordinated by the Scottish Borders Council Contracts Training department and is delivered in conjunction with Edutrain for SVQs and NVQs, and Premier Partnership for the HSE accredited programme.

Councillor Jim Fullarton, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure, added: “These achievements demonstrate Scottish Borders Council Contracts’ continued commitment to developing a skilled and flexible workforce and I am delighted to see individuals’ efforts recognised at the presentation.

“I’d like to say ‘Well done!’ to all.”