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Training & Accreditation

The aims of the group are

  • Provide guidance on the Street Works Awarding Body acceptance criteria in line with OFQUAL standards
  • Determine ways to ensure and prove that operatives working on the highway and supervisors responsible for the supervision of the street works are competent
  • Holder of the Standards, Unit Content and Question Banks
  • Regularly review the Standards, Units and Question Banks in the light of changes to:
    • Codes of Practice and HAUC(UK) Advice Notes relating to street works,
    • Excavation and reinstatement techniques/materials
    • Health, Safety and Environmental regulations and
    • New technologies.
  • Report back to HAUC(UK) progress on all issues
  • Provide advice to the industry
  • Monitor and make recommendations to ensure consistency (Quality Control)
  • Interface with the DfT on Street Works training matters
  • Provide direction to the HAUC UK Training and Accreditation: Street Works Assessment Delivery Group
  • Liaise with the Registration body
  • Preside over any Street Works Training and accreditation issues

Working Group - Training & Accreditation

Training & Accreditation Our working groups are co chaired with one representative from SWUK and one from JAGUK

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Joint Chair HAUC(UK) Training and Accreditation Group

Mark Playforth

Joint Chair HAUC(UK) Training and Accreditation Group
Mark Playforth

I am a safety and operational professional with 19 years experience of working in the utilities sectors across Telecommunications, Water and Power. I served in the British Military for 7 years before returning to civilian life working on railway and transport infrastructure projects in the telecoms and power sectors. I progressed into various operational roles before moving into Safety and Engineering Quality. I have spent the last 12 years in this area across various utilities based businesses. I am currently Head of Engineering at Full Fibre.

I have been a member of the HAUC working group since 2018 and also act as Expert Practitioner Group Lead for Training at SWUK.

I am passionate about ensuring people have the right training, knowledge and skillset to empower them to make the right decisions in their role whatever that may be.

I feel strongly that everyone should have opportunities to a career path and progression within their chosen field supported by their employer to encourage loyalty, job security and consistency of workforce and reduce the current levels of workforce mobility in the utilities sectors

Head of Engineering - Full Fibre

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JAG Joint Chair HAUC(UK) Training and Accreditation Group

Robert Hudleston

JAG Joint Chair HAUC(UK) Training and Accreditation Group
Robert Hudleston

I am a chartered Civil Engineer with over 30 years experience of working for highway authorities and 10 years for Network Rail and I have worked in Streetworks for over 20 years. I have been a member of the working group since 2006. Those who know me understand my passion and desire to ensure all aspects of NRSWA Accreditation is covered by the Training Centres and that we should always be looking for continuous improvement. Supervisors and Operatives play a vital role in the delivery of and support of the infrastructure of modern-day living and they need the skills and knowledge in their works to minimise the impact to highway users, to reinstate correctly to ensure no premature failure of the highway and to ensure projects maintain safe working practices. Safety at work sites is the most important aspect of working on a highway, not just for the workforce but for all.

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  • Q1 What is the main focus of the T&A group?

    The main focus has been to develop a large bank of question endorsed by HAUC(UK) to use in the accreditation process. This ensure candidates all receive the complete and appropriate training. 

    The next step is looking at digital accreditation and linking this the the HAUC App