Accreditations and Competency  

We hold ourselves to a high standard and have achieved all the necessary accreditations to be able to carry out training. Essential Site Skills holds the following awarding body accreditation's, including IOSH, NEBOSH, CITB Site Safety Plus, UKATA, CPCS, NPORS and many more, so you can be confident that we are Quality Assured by leading UK Awarding Bodies, and global accreditations such as BAF (British Abrasives Federation).


The 5% Club

ESS commits to ‘earn and learn’ by joining The 5% Club, an industry led initiative focused on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.

The 5% Club, initiated by Leo Quinn Group Group CEO of Balfour Beatty in 2013, is a movement of more than 300 employers providing ‘earn and learn’ opportunities to develop the skills and talents people need to become more employable and create meaningful careers. Companies joining The 5% Club commit to raising the number of apprentices, sponsored students and graduates on formal programmes to 5% of their total workforce within five years. Members are also asked to publicly report their progress in their Annual Report. Existing members range from SMEs to FTSEs and cover a number of diverse industries, from engineering through to the legal sector.

Our Trainers

All of our training staff have achieved a minimum L3 Award in Education (AET) teaching qualification, aiming towards L4 Certificate in Education and Training (CET).  They also carry out a minimum of 50 hours recorded CPD per year, in addition to their specialist area of training qualifications. They possess additional qualifications which support their overall health and safety knowledge such as NEBOSH or IOSH as a minimum.

Our trainers are actively involved in supporting safety organisations and campaigns such as the HSE, Breathe Freely and most recently delivering a UKATA Awareness Course in partnership with the local Working Well Together Group to upskill the knowledge of the SMEs and HSE representatives attending this important topic. They also recently provided a Respiratory Protection and Management Seminar to the construction industry, sharing our knowledge to protect the health of construction workers.

Our Training Centres

We host public courses at locations nationwide in addition to our own two training facilities. Our course quality is supported by our centre accreditations, which include UK Awarding Bodies such as Qualsafe Awards, BOHS, CITB Site Safety Plus, Fit2Fit, IOSH and UKATA. 

CITB Site Safety Plus Centre and CITB ATO Status

We are proud to confirm that we are a CITB Approved Training Organisation (CITB ATO).

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) are the Industry Training Board and a partner in the Sector Skills Council for the UK construction industry. Our values align closely with theirs as we both aim to encourage industry training and promote employers who work to build a safe, fully qualified workforce. Holding this award means that CITB recognises us as an approved training partner to the construction industry. 

We're also a CITB Site Safety Plus centre. Site Safety Plus (SSP) courses are a suite of courses for the construction industry, which focuses on health and safety awareness, as well as career development.

Armed Forces CovenantArmed forces

Essential Site Skills are proud supporters of the Armed Forces who serve our nation. Not only is a significant portion of our managerial team made up of ex forces people, but we also employ plenty of trainers and assessors who have served, too. In fact, our Training and Consultancy Director, Darren, once won Service Leaver of The Year!

We are so committed to supporting the forces that we have even signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant. This is a register of all the UK based companies who pledge to support and further the interests of service men and women.  

Our pledge is to support all ex forces by promoting Armed Forces Day, whilst working to bridge the gap between the Construction Industry and the Forces community, either by providing training opportunities, NVQs, or signposting.

Proud To Be Associated With

Here are some of the many organisations, societies and groups we work with or have been recognised by:

ACAD (Asbestos Control and Abatement Division) | Armed Forces Covenant | Association of Lorry Loader Manufacturers and Importers (ALLMI) | BSiF Registered Safety Supplier | British Abrasives Federation (BAF) | British Red Cross | British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) | Breathe Freely | CSkills Awards | CITB Site Safety Plus | Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) | Disability Confident Employer Scheme | Edexcel | Enhanced Learning Credits Administration Service (ELCAS) | European Social Fund (ESF) | Fit2Fit | Health in Construction Leadership Group | Institution of Occupational Health & Safety (IOSH) | National Examination Board in Occupational safety and health (NEBOSH) | NOCN Group | National Plant Operators Registration Scheme (NPORS) | ProQual | Qualsafe Awards | UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA)

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about awarding bodies or our accreditations, please contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions.

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