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Be Safe training modules with Makita

Hundreds of students attending Merrist Wood College are benefiting from Makita UK’s Be Safe training modules. The College specialises in a variety of subjects. These include:
  • Animal welfare and arboriculture
  • Landscaping
  • Garden design
  • Equine management
  • Sport
  • Public Services
  • Horticulture
For students on the land-based courses Makita UK has started to deliver a series of Be Safe modules in grounds maintenance, landscaping and horticulture.
These are informative 90 minute Outdoor Power Equipment (OPE) Correct and Safe Use modules. The course carries the LANTRA Awards Approved Training Provider badge of recognition. The main aim is to provide a grounding in machine selection using the right tool and promote safe use and correct control of Makita machines.

Kevin Brannigan, marketing manager, Makita UK says:

“It is important to give these students an easy-to-understand course in basic machinery safety and selection.
“The students will receive some practical training during their courses. But, it is vital that they appreciate the risks and processes related to powerful equipment. These include hedge trimmers, brush cutters, line trimmers and many more covered in our Outdoor Be Safe seminars. The course brings a fresh approach to this important training.”
The first Outdoor Be Safe modules are over and several more are coming in the months ahead. From January 2019 and onwards the October 2018 apprenticeship intake will also benefit in the course. This training is free of charge and students receive certificates of training from Makita.

Richard Dewing, associate principal curriculum and head of campus at Merrist Wood, said:

“Linking with Makita UK has been really valuable for our students in showcasing safety. But also the direction of quieter and more sustainable options for their core equipment needs.”
Makita’s popular Construction Be Safe modules are also run at Guildford College of Further Education. These are for students attending the plumbing, electrical and construction courses. Day-release apprentices are also attending from January 2019 onwards.
To book a place, please email Makita will contact the College in each case and make arrangements directly.
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