8 people began the journey with Select Energy Services Ltd (SES) supported by Director Matt Whitton. Their induction to the business began with essential courses including Level 1 Health and Safety, Abrasive Wheels, Asbestos Awareness, First Aid, Working at Heights and Use of Harness equipment, which was followed by on-site introduction to the preparation of sites, and structures to support the installation of solar panels on large scale commercial properties.
Training has continued on site and 5 learners remain with the company and are now on a structured development programme that includes IPAF, electrical safety and on site installation skills. Following completion of the Kickstart programme at Christmas, the operatives will be working towards an NVQ in Solar Installation in 2022.
Training Officer, Denise Cherry has followed progress of this initiative and is delighted with the progress made by these young people. “From the slightly dispirited people I met at first interview, these operatives have grown in confidence, enthusiasm and skills – almost beyond recognition”
Dan Whitton, a director of SES, who championed the company scheme for Select Energy is delighted with progress. “Over the first few months the guys have developed into a cohesive team, taking responsibility for their jobs and each other, which is really important as they spend most of their time working away” As a company, Select Energy Services Ltd, are committed to all aspects of sustainability and this extends to supporting the local community and the Kickstart Initiative offers real benefits to young people in Halifax.