For safe machinery operation

PICTURED ABOVE: Trainer, Gary Taylor (in orange Hi-Vis) with delegates

GGM Groundscare have unveiled a new LANTRA accredited training academy as the latest offering to their portfolio of services, after “identifying a requirement in the industry.”

They say the new courses provide delegates with the skills and knowledge required to safely operate and maintain relevant machinery through courses that deliver both practical skills and health & safety guidance. All training can be carried out either on customers' own premises, using the equipment that team members will be using on a day-to-day basis or at GGM’s own dedicated training centre in Colne, Lancashire.

The LANTRA accredited training courses ensure that operators are trained to a national standard whilst fulfilling the organisation’s legal obligations with regards to the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulation 1998 (PUWER). 

GGM managing director Chris Gibson explains, “After many conversations with our customers, as a business we identified that there was a requirement in the market for a one-stop shop that offers accredited operator training in addition to selling machinery.  

“GGM are committed to continuing to strive for excellence in customer service, and the new training academy is the next chapter in this.”

The training covers all makes and models of machinery. Upon successful completion of the courses, all delegates will receive a certificate of competence and for the LANTRA training an accredited certificate and skills card will be awarded (LANTRA registration fees apply).

The training is aimed at any employee either employed in, or who is looking to be employed in agriculture, horticulture, landscaping or grounds maintenance, who is or will be required to operate machinery. It will be run by Gary Taylor, who has over 20 years of experience.

Chris Gibson continued, “After sales and service has always been a key part of our offering and so the launch of the GGM Training Academy was a natural step for the business.

“It’s our aim to ensure organisations have adequate and appropriate training to operate and use work equipment, to fulfil their health and safety requirements and to help to prevent unnecessary accidents. We’re extremely excited to take this forward.” 

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