FTS celebrates 10 years in business this November so what are we planning to do? I don’t have any idea, I’ll leave that to my marketing team at The Last Hurdle. After all, since we spent 8 months working on the redesigned website our enquiries have increased quite substantially. Shame about the odd one or two who are nothing but chancers who would like to get the FTS website on the first page of Google. Really… perhaps they should do their homework as we are already on page one!
10 Years Health and Safety Testing – What’s Next?
Anyway, what are we planning to do in the next twelve months? One item near the top of the agenda is to investigate taking on an apprentice. It is a shame that whilst we can take and train an apprentice for the office based tasks, the apprenticeship scheme doesn’t recognise our core services. There isn’t an apprenticeship for PAT Testing, Fire Extinguisher Servicing etc. you know those services that offer a minimum of 4 recognised certifications including City and Guilds. I really do think the apprenticeship offering is a good scheme, with a more up to date industry specific offering it could be great!
The second task on our list is to review our current services and look at the potential of adding a new offering. We often get asked about water testing for legionnaires disease, so it’s a potential new service, I wonder if there is any government funding for staff training?
Finally, the third part of our 12 month plan is to look at becoming a member of the Checkatrade service. Having already spoken with them, I was shocked to find out that PAT testers are banded with electricians. To become a member, we would need to be NICEIC approved. Needless to say, I fought my case explaining that it is not necessary and working with Checkatrade they have assured me that PAT testing will soon be in its own category. So we hope to become a member very soon, after all it can’t be a stressful ISO 9001 accreditation, which we recently secured but the work isn’t over. We will have to maintain these standards to remain accredited and there is no small amount of work required to progress to the 2015 version.
That little lot should keep us out of trouble!