Tenants and staff from North Lincolnshire Homes are amongst the first to complete the new gas safety awareness qualification from CORGI Technical Services – the CORGI Level 1 VRQ Award in Gas Safety Awareness for Tenants.
The Tenants volunteered to attend the course and have taken the qualification so that they have a greater understanding of the responsibilities of their landlord in complying with legislation as well as helping to raise the levels of safety in their community. Two half day courses were run and were also attended by some frontline staff from North Lincolnshire Homes.
The course builds awareness in a non-technical way and covers basic safety aspects of gas installations, carbon monoxide awareness and landlord and tenant responsibilities, as well as some key points in Gas Industry Legislation. The CORGI Level 1 VRQ Award in Gas Safety Awareness for Tenants has been designed by CORGI Technical Services and was delivered to the Tenants by Kevin Winship and Chris Jones, experienced CORGI technical experts and tutors in gas safety. The qualification has been accredited by EAL and is suitable for Housing Associations, Local Authorities and private landlords.
Philip Woodward, Gas Compliance Officer, Quality & Compliance at North Lincolnshire Homes said: “I have caught up with many of the candidates that attended the training and the feedback from them has been absolutely superb. They found the course content was excellent and pitched at just the right technical level. Many have stated that they went home and looked very closely at the flame pictures on their cooker rings that night before cooking tea. The training clearly raised their awareness of gas safety and gave them new knowledge and confidence.”
“I am really pleased with this training and the positive impact that it has had on both the employees and residents that attended,” continued Philip. “I am currently looking at putting more residents through this training in the New Year.”
The course runs for half a day and is assessed by a written examination consisting of multiple choice responses. Courses can be set up and run on demand at a client’s premises.
Kevin Winship, Technical Expert for CORGI Technical Services said: “North Lincolnshire Homes have shown significant leadership in setting up our gas safety awareness course for their tenants and the courses were enthusiastically supported by the all of those attending. This should help to raise safety standards in their properties and increase understanding and knowledge amongst the tenant community.”
The Level 1 qualification is part of the family of qualifications that include the CORGI Level 2 VRQ Award in Gas Safety Awareness in Social Housing, the CORGI Level 3 VRQ Certificate in gas Auditing Processes and CORGI Level 4 VRQ Certificates in Gas Safety Management in Social Housing and Gas Safety in Facilities Management.