Seaham company IPS Flow Systems Limited has successfully achieved a BAFSA Course Accreditation in respect of its CPVC training for fire sprinkler installers.

Paul Wright, Business Development Manager received the award at the recent BAFSA 2018 Conference, attended by Kevin Curran, Managing Director of IPS Flow systems.

Accreditation stands as a mark of quality for the training that businesses have already put in place.

As well as being an investment for the organisation itself, and its employees, accreditation is also viewed as a prerequisite to success. High quality training becomes a vital component of an organisation’s consistency towards working standards and practices. Course Accreditation is the formal recognition that ensures training is meeting the appropriate criteria for best practice and that it meets or exceeds nationally recognised training standards.

Accreditation promotes accountability. It is the ultimate measure of quality, it is a professional seal of approval that assures clients and employees that the training they are undertaking has met rigorous standards and is a genuine quality assured programme.

Of course, various types of accredited training bring about key sector-specific benefits, but it is also possible to distinguish some more general positive consistencies. Adding accreditation to in-house training benefits the overall image and efficiency of an organisation.

From an investment perspective, the government and general public are more inclined to capitalise on, associate with and strive to work for accredited companies with a proven reputation of reliability and efficiency. Businesses can attract new clients through the benefits of reducing associated risks of working with non-accredited organisations.

IPS Flow Systems, based at Seaham Grange Industrial Estate, has been supplying CPVC fire sprinkler systems for over 25 years and have always put great emphasis on product awareness and installer training.

Kevin Curran said “Yhe company is an active member of BAFSA and we were delighted to support the BAFSA skills and development committee in the development of the L2 Qualification, which is now available in a number of colleges around the UK.

“Being the first to achieve BAFSA course accreditation, is a real achievement and recognises the hard work and commitment of our employees and is something that we are really proud of”.

The company, which was one of the first to gain the prestigious ‘Investor In People’ Gold Award continues to demonstrate the importance of investing in skills and training.

BAFSA Course Accreditation endorses quality courses, training providers, trainers as well as in-house training schemes for the sector, giving employers and individual’s confidence that the training they are considering has been approved by the trade association.

Ruth Oliver, BAFSA Skills and Qualifications Adviser said “BAFSA’s accreditation scheme was developed to allay concerns about the quality of delivery of training within the fire sprinkler industry. It is BAFSA’s intention to recognise high quality training and endorse it with the aim of increasing the availability and quality of training available to everyone who works in the sector.

“Training is matched to industry standards or best practice, which specify standards of performance that people are expected to achieve and the knowledge and skills they need to perform effectively providing the evidence to providers, trainers, employers and learners that training is being delivered to the highest possible standards. With accredited training, learners have assurance of receiving a quality education as well as gaining recognition by employers.”

IPS flow systems are a distributor of thermoplastic piping systems used in a variety of industrial sectors.  The company based in Seaham, Co. Durham has been supplying fire sprinkler pipework for over 25 years and has always put installation training at the forefront of the services it provides to its customers.