We are now an Accredited Training Centre. We can now train crew to nationally recognisable standards and give out certificates awarded by The National Community Boats Association. The final inspection on Saturday was kept top secret on a strictly “needs to know” basis. Even Kath, our treasurer, didn’t know, in fact we packaged her off to Greece for the duration so the first thing she will know about it is reading her tablet while sipping retsina in a Greek taverna! Dave, Mick and myself, Phil, were the guinea-pig pupils in Chris’ practical exam, although, as a by-product, we had skills ticked off which can now count towards our own qualifications.
Does that mean we want lots of new crew volunteers now? Yes, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, but don’t hold your breath as you might have a long wait. We have a backlog of 12 existing crew to train. Some are well overdue but still need finishing off the last bits, assessing and certifying, others are quite new and so need more training. Once the first batches have popped out the system they can help training, on dedicated training days and also by taking control of passengered trips while Chris loiters in the background with new crew members. So if you, or one of your friends, apply now expect to be invited to an induction day later this year or, more probably, the beginning of next year.
Will we be able to make money training for other organisations? No. Well not for a long time anyway. Maybe in a couple of years, once we have got our team up to scratch and Chris is feeling a bit bored & redundant, not being rostered for enough trip and looking for more work etc, maybe then. But right now he is far too valuable a resource to share with anyone!
A full report of the roller-coaster ride of accreditation process will be in the next newsletter. So if you’re not a member or sponsor yet now is the time to join. Rated PG, contains medium peril!