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Gate Safe introduces distance learning training module for installers

16 April 2020

IN RESPONSE to the current COVID-19 outbreak, Gate Safe (the pioneering charity which campaigns for improved standards of safety for automated gates) has just introduced a distance learning version of its hugely popular Gate Safe Aware course.

The training module was launched in the week commencing 30th March and provides installers and others interested in improving their understanding of automated gate safety with an opportunity to progress their knowledge while adhering to the current Government-enforced social distancing recommendations. The course also represents an ideal route for existing Gate Safe Aware installers to update and refresh their learning.

The Gate Safe Aware distance learning module isn't intended as a replacement for the original training, and delegates taking the course (unless they're undertaking refresher learning) will be expected to attend a face-to-face training course within the next six months – free of charge – to access the full range of Gate Safe Aware training benefits. Those who undertake the distance learning are only eligible for a temporary six-month entry on the Gate Safe Aware Register and a temporary six months’ access to the Members area (which contains high quality downloadable documents to provide essential guidance on electric gate safety).

The two-hour learning covers all aspects of automated gate safety and will provide an excellent foundation for the more in-depth face-to-face training, which will be resumed as soon as Government guidance deems it safe to do so and once current social distancing measures are lifted.

Training numbers are restricted to five at a time to enable maximum interaction. The timings of the training are completely flexible and can be arranged in line with delegate availability.

Richard Jackson, founder of Gate Safe, informed Security Matters: “Distance learning has been on our agenda for some time now, but we’ve fast-tracked our thinking on this given the current national situation. While installers are unable to be out on site, this is the perfect opportunity for them to use their time wisely, improving their knowledge and understanding of the safety issues relating to automated gate and automated barrier installations. For some, this may also provide a stepping stone towards expanding the portfolio of services they offer – subject to completing our face-to-face training – so that, once normal business is resumed, they can capitalise on the potential to introduce a new revenue stream.”

*For more information on the distance training visit www.gate-safe.org/training. Training is charged at £225 +VAT per delegate, which also includes further face-to-face training at a later date