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Tool launched to help Scottish sector assess workforce

A free tool has been launched to help managers, supervisers and team leaders in the Scottish waste management industry assess their staff.

The Competence Assessment Tool has been developed by the Scottish Waste Industry Training Competency and Health & Safety (Switch) Forum, and has been designed for six roles.

It will apply to MRF staff, HWRC workers, collection crews, drivers, manual street cleaners, and plant and machine operators.

Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) head of resource management Charlie Devine, who chairs the Switch group, said: “This is a simple, easy to use and free tool which will help assess both individual and team strengths and help employers to identify training and development needs.

“As an industry we need to work together to create a consistent approach to health, safety and competence, and invest now in the skills that will be necessary for the workforce of the future.”

Switch is made up of more than 30 organisations including ZWS, the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Government, private waste management companies, advisory bodies and local authorities.

It aims to raise standards of health and safety, training, learning, development and competence to promote the Scottish resource management industry as an attractive career choice.

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