Universal Coatings has gained an important accreditation to support the ongoing skills development of its workforce.
It has also developed a new solution for the maintenance of waste-to-energy plants, which has involved significant training of its personnel.
The company, which is part of the Wilton Group, is delivering the Society for Protective Coatings’ Train the Painter courses for its employees as part of its commitment to offer high quality products and improving quality standards.
SSPC Train the Painter is an internationally recognised and certified training programme. Developed by industry experts, the coatings applicator course has been created in response to strong demand within the industrial coatings industry.
Industry demands teams working on road, rail, oil and gas programmes all attain professional specified certificates. The SSPC Train the Painter programme is approved and certified by SSPC and Lloyd’s Register.
The accreditation has been awarded by Corrodere, a specialist coatings industry training and education organisation, and enables the company to deliver the training to its staff. Universal also intend to offer the training programme to external trainees from its facility at the Port Clarence Offshore Base.
The training reflects Universal’s ongoing approach to skills development, which is reflected in its new energy-from-waste boiler maintenance service.
In addition to significant research and development to produce the technical solution to clean the interior of massive boiler units, Universal has delivered specialist training in areas such as blast cleaning and working-at-height rope access for its personnel who work in 16-strong teams to complete the maintenance projects.
Paul Johnson, managing director of Universal Coatings, said: “We are committed to a ‘right first time’ ethos, which is at the heart of our quality operations and delivered by our experienced people.
“This new accreditation will enable Universal to help develop our existing and future workforce, giving our customers a clear demonstration of our capabilities and assurances of the quality products they will receive.
“The capabilities of our team, coupled with our innovative approach to problem solving, has also helped us gain traction in the energy-from-waste sector as they are already successfully applying our solutions on a number of plants across the UK.”