ALE ‘black belts’ double in numbers with new training

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Overview

ALE recently launched a new in-house instructor training course, ‘Instructor Course for Black Belts’, which has resulted in a 100% increase in the number of qualified ‘black belts’ over the last year.

When an ALE team member is awarded ‘black belt’ status, it signifies that they have the combination of expert operational skills and the ability to coach and assess others, making it the highest accolade that ALE’s operators can work towards as part of Standard Scheme Of Training (SSOT).  Initiated approximately seven years ago, SSOT was introduced following an identified need for formal operator development, where no ‘off-the-shelf’ training courses exist.

The new instructor training is carried out by internal training managers.

“A lot of our operators already have the skills and experience, but this training gives them the authorisation to guide others in their team on the best ways of working. It also gives our experts a platform to bounce ideas off each other,” explained ALE’s Global Training Specialist, Kay Sproulle.

“As the company expands geographically and diversifies into new sectors, sharing best practice becomes ever more vital and we need to increase the number of ‘black belts’ to train the new operators coming through.”

This is the first time an SSOT-specific in-house course has been introduced to ALE and it is currently being implemented globally. So far, it has been rolled out to operators working across South America, the Middle East, South Africa and Europe.

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