SSSTS - The choice of Site Supervisors
With the UK and US stock market falling, many people fear that their opportunities for employment are in danger. If you are working in construction, make sure you have the best chance of being employed by having up to date and industry recognised training.
An excellent way of ensuring you are employable in today job market, is to ensure you have industry specific training. For supervisors working in the field of construction a sound choice is the SSSTS
The Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme, otherwise known as the SSSTS
is a part of the CITB Site Safety Plus initiative, aimed at bringing all site workers up to spec on health and safety training. Holding a CITB endorsed qualification in today’s employment environment is a real boost, especially as UKCG site require all their supervisors and managers to have one and recognise the SSSTS
as the best qualification for supervisors.
Running over two days, the SSSTS
course can be taken at numerous sites all over the UK. The course, most usually, runs over two consecutive week days, although some training providers may split the course or run them over a weekend. If you are looking for these less traditional options, why not consult an online search facility. They do all the leg work for you making it easy to get the best price, best dates and the best location for you.
The main aim of the SSSTS
course is to provide delegates with an insight into the possible problems and hazards of the construction industry and what they can do for themselves and their team, to minimise them.
course covers the following topics health and safety legislation in the UK, including The Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974, how to develop a safety management system, the principles of occupational health, control and prevention of fires, assessing risks, method statements, Construction Design Management Regulations, PPE, Working at Heights, first aid and manual handling. Delegates are also given instruction on tool box talks. These are short presentations which supervisors give to their teams on how to operate certain bits of machinery or do certain jobs in a safe way. Some providers offer a change to present a tool box talk during the course.
course is assessed by a short test at the end of the two days. It is multiple choice in format, and designed to assess the knowledge you have gained by completing the course. All delegates have to pass the test to be awarded an SSSTS card.
Until now, once your SSSTS card expired you had no choice but to complete the full two day course again. However the CITB have recently announced plans for a SSSTS refresher course. This course will be available to those that previously hold the SSSTS qualification. Although the details of the SSSTS refresher are still hush hush at the moment, it is likely that it will be a shorter course, which will means less time off work for those wishing to renew their qualification.
Whether you are a supervisor who wants to be up to speed with their training, work on a UKCG site or improve their CV to get the best employment opportunities it could be worth your while to consider a SSSTS