Our Courses

Our Training Courses


We offer a variety of training courses for Caretakers, Site Managers and Bursars.

Basic Carpentry Course

This course is designed to enable delegates to perform basic carpentry tasks. Also to increase confidence in any previous carpentry skills and to enable Caretakers to work safely and avoid injury and damage to property and buildings.

Topics include

  • Hanging a door
  • Shelving
  • Repairs
  • Essential tools and knowing how to use them

For Course dates please see the Training Diary

Computer Training Courses

One area that Caretakers are normally underinvested in is Computer Literacy.

However being able to use emails, create documents and use online forms confidently can increase effiency and make a huge difference to the way many Caretakers manage their work.

We are delighted to be able to offer various levels of Computer training.  Our Basic Course is designed for those who have had little to know experience of computers and who want to gain confidence to use emails, online forms and create documents.

The Intermediate course is designed for those who would like to further their skills and get to know how to use spreedsheets, make more advanced documents and presentations.

Find out more on our Computer Training Page.

Control of Contractors Course

At the Caretakers Forum there are often discussion about how frustrating working with Contractors can be and caretakers have asked if training can be provided in this area. This course will give delegates the confidence to deal with contractors effectively. Its also useful for Bursars and Business Managers.

Course Objectives:

  • Have the confidence to ensure Health and Safety is to the required standard
  • Have the confidence to hold them to account
  • Making sure contracts proceed smoothly and successfully

There is very little training of this type around and we have developed this course specifically for schools.

For Course dates please see the Training Diary

Basic Electrics Course

This half-day course is for Caretakers and Site Managers within Schools. This is a basic course designed to enable delegates to work safely with electrics and to know how to perform some basic tasks, including, wiring a plug, installing and repairing sockets and to know when to call the professionals in and what to look out for when controlling contactors.

Course Objectives:

  • To cover working safely with electrics
  • To cover basic electrical systems
  • To carry out basic practical electrical tasks
  • To enable delegates to carry out safety checks on electrical equipment
  • To enable delegates to monitor contractors successfully

For Course dates please see the Training Diary

Fire Marshall Training Courses

The Fire Marshal course covers the role of the designated fire marshal or fire warden. It also gives you the opportunity to learn about the different types of fire extinguisher and how to use them correctly.

Course Objectives:

  • To gain an understanding of the role of the Fire Marshall
  • To gain an understanding of Fire Safety regulation
  • Understand the nature of Fire
  • Understand Fire Hazards
  • How to use Fire Extinguishers
  • Fire Evacuation proceedures

For Course dates please see the Training Diary

Legionella Awareness Course

CIBSE Accredited Legionella Awareness Training for Caretakers and Bursars. This is a half-day course aimed specifically at School Caretakers, Site Managers and Bursars.  Ideally 2 people from each school (the caretaker and the responsible person, this could be a head teacher or businesses manager) should attend. The reason for this is that they both require training under the new HSE ACoP L8* guidance document.

*ACoP L8 Paragraph 50: Inadequate management, lack of training and poor communication are all contributory factors in outbreaks of legionnaires’ disease. It is therefore important that the people involved in assessing risk and applying precautions are competent, trained and aware of their responsibilities.

Course Objectives:

  • To ensure delegates are aware of their legal responsibilities and have the knowledge to oversee Caretakers and Contractors.
  • To enable delegates to demonstrate what control measures should be in place.
  • To provide the information and training required for delegates to consider taking on basic tasks in schools to save cost to the school.
  • To enable delegates to demonstrate competence and help ensure full compliance

For Course dates please see the Training Diary

Lone Working  Courses

Caretakers are usually the first on the site and the last to leave, and so spend a good proportion of their time at work on their own. It is essential that Caretakers are aware of the risks they face whilst woking alone and of the proceedures that can be put in place to ensure their safety.

This course has been designed specifically for the role of the Caretaker and looks at the needs of this specialised role.
It aims to equip Caretakers with the strategies and important systems that they can implement to minimise the risks of lone working.

For Course dates please see the Training Diary

This training is delivered in a day and provides the essential training required by Caretakers to keep them up to date. This is a vital part of keeping your school environment safe.

Caretakers should be retraining every three years so please make sure your Caretaker or Site Manager is meeting this requirement.

The course covers subjects including:

  • Risk Assessment
  • Slips Trips and Falls
  • Fire Safety
  • Infection control
  • Manual Handling

For Course dates please see the Training Diary

This is an essential Course for anyone needing to use mobile access towers or scaffolds.

This course is aimed at users of mobile access towers (both alloy and fibreglass) and instructs delegates on how to safely erect, move, inspect and dismantle mobile access towers. The course is recognised by the HSE. The official PASMA (Prefabricated Access Suppliers and Manufacturers Association) certification satisfies the ‘Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998’ (PUWER) and the ‘Work at Height Regulations 2005.’

For Course dates please see the Training Diary

Portable Appliance Testing is a necessary part of any health and safety regime as any commercial electrical appliance needs testing.

This is a costly exercise for schools and so we’ve arranged some training that will provide a certificate to your caretaker enabling them to PAT test as needed. Prior electrical knowledge is not required. Members of Taking Care of Your Caretaker can also take advantage of the Members Discount on PAT Testing Kits.

Course Objectives:

  • To enable delegates to safely undertake the practical inspection and testing of electrical equipment.
  • To understand the legal requirements for maintenance of electrical equipment.
  • To be able, through inspection, to identify the different types, and classifications of electrical equipment.
  • To be able to identify the suitability of electrical equipment for use.
  • To understand of the in-service tests carried out on different types and classes of equipment.
  • To be able to complete an inspection and test record relating to electrical equipment.
  • To be able to select suitable frequencies of maintenance.
  • To understand the requirements for record keeping.

For Course dates please see the Training Diary

We have a highly experienced Trainer to deliver this absolutely essential course in keeping children safe in the playground.

Typical Delegate rates:

£60 for Members

£120 for Non-members

Please get in touch if you would like more information or to express interest.

Basic plumbing courses

Courses designed to give Caretakers an active knowledge of basic plumbing to enable them to complete simple plumbing jobs without having to call in  contractors on expensive call out fees.

Skills included in the course:

  • Basic Toilet repairs and maintenance
  • Trouble shooting
  • Drain maintenance
  • Knowing when to call in the specialists.

For Course dates please see the Training Diary

The Working at Height Regulations apply to all work at height where there is risk of a fall that is liable to cause personal injury.

They place duties on employers, the self-employed and any person who controls the work of others (such as facilities managers or building owners who may contract others to work at height). See the HSE Working at Height regulations for more information

Skills included in the course:

  • Current legislation and guidelines
  • Safe storage of equipment
  • Suitable Anchor points
  • Practical elements

For Course dates please see the Training Diary

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