The Platinum Jubilee marks 70 years of Queen Elizabeth II reign, on 6th February this year Her Majesty The Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee.  To celebrate there will be year-long events throughout the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world.

The Main Event

This year we have been given an extra Jubilee Bank Holiday, making an amazing four day UK bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June, so communities can all come together to party and celebrate. With an event each day, we are looking forward to seeing the Trooping the Colour, featuring over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians, closing with the traditional RAF fly-past.

Service of Thanksgiving being held at St Paul’s Cathedral, before The Queen and members of the Royal Family, will attend the Derby at Epsom Downs.  Lots of people up and down the country will be taking part in Street parties for the Big Jubilee Lunch.

 

Other initiatives to celebrate include the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, where artistic performers, dancers, musicians, military personnel, key workers and volunteers will unite to tell the story of The Queen’s 70 year reign in an awe-inspiring festival of creativity. The ‘River of Hope’ section will comprise of two hundred silk flags appearing like a moving river.    The Queen’s Green Canopy and the Platinum Pudding competition will create a lasting reminder of The Queen’s Jubilee, our local school is also taking part making artwork to be printed onto Cups or Tote bags to create individual mementos to commemorate this special event.

70 Years of Training

The queen came to the throne in 1952, during her reign we have seen a tremendous change in Health and Safety law and even the way people think about Health and Safety. Yes even we think this has gone too far sometimes, but think the best intentions are there.

There have been some major changes to UK legislation in recent decades.  The Health and Safety at Work Act was introduced in 1974 followed by First Aid in 1981.  1992 was a busy year which saw changes to Workplace Safety, Manual Handling & PPE  regulations and we then had a bit of break before PUWER and Working Time regulations were updated in 1998.  This was followed by Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, before the Fire Safety was reformed in 2005 and also that year the Control of Noise at Work.  Finally the most recent changes have come to Asbestos (2012), followed by RIDDOR in 2013.

During our training course introductions, we refer to these pieces of legislation.   Sometimes more than one is relevant, other times we have to emphasise the changes in policy as updates are made.  Health and Safety is now constantly changing and evolving, as industries are updating and new machinery is being developed and introduced to the workforce on a regular basis.

1950’s building sites and not a hat hat in sight!

In the past, some saw training as a one-time event, a bit like passing your driving test.   The introduction of refresher training as an integral part of a learning journey initiative, meant that the emphasis could be on creating an experience rather than a long-term, continual effort.  The rationale behind this approach was that the training experience would be provocative enough to motivate participants to use their learning afterward therefore creating a safer workforce.

Since then, expectations of both participants and, especially, leaders have continued to evolve. Participants want more than just an experience, they want training they can take back on the job with them. To that end, training programs have come to emphasize the important role reinforcement plays in achieving the desired results.

The advent of more advanced technologies over the last decade has also played a role in the growing prominence of training reinforcement. Training doesn’t end after the training event itself. Instead, it continues weeks, months and even years after the initial learning occurs.   The NPORS CSCS card scheme is a great example, of multiple training.   Firstly, the Health and Safety touch screen test if required, followed by the machine test to gain your Red card.  This card is valid for 2 years and during this time an NVQ is required, while completing and recording the time worked in the log book.  Before progressing to the Competent operator Blue card.

Although numerous changes have occurred over the last decade, what has not changed is the goal of training, which has always been, and always will be, to produce change in delegates. How we achieve that goal looks a bit different today, a bit different than when Kentra started over 25 years ago with our Norman and his flip chart.   As we move deeper into the new decade, only time will tell where the new emphasis of Health and Safety will shift to next, but we look forward to moving with the times and evolving our training programs.

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The Kentra Training Team

Platinum Jubilee