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Authorised persons training for EDF Energy

EDF, which generates around 20% of the UK’s electricity, and distributes electricity to 7.9million homes and businesses, has chosen energy management company Schneider Electric to provide authorised persons training.

The company identified a need to engage an external training organisation to provide refresher training for their authorised persons that work in its un-regulated business unit. This was driven by the EDF Energy requirement that all operatives working on the network must attend a refresher course every three years.

‘Authorised Persons’ (AP) training provides an understanding of all aspects of operating and managing switchgear equipment of low, medium and high voltage electrical networks. This training is essential to enable EDF Energy to demonstrate compliance with the Health and Safety at Work act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, which requires them to operate a ‘safe systems of work’ wherever known hazards exist.

The infrastructure services section of EDF Energy selected Schneider Electric to provide the AP training, which was well received by the delegates. The course incorporates both practical and classroom based training, ensuring participants are offered a comprehensive programme.

Brian Gaffney, for EDF Energy, said: "We have been impressed with the team of highly-skilled trainers from Schneider Electric. The support we have been given throughout the development, delivery and even after the training has been completed has been excellent. Schneider Electric has demonstrated that they provide an efficient training programme which is delivered by professional trainers and it has enabled EDF Energy to re-authorise all operational staff working within the un-regulated business sector."

David Brady, General Manager for Training at Schneider Electric, added: "Being able to provide training to companies such as EDF Energy demonstrates our ability to offer high quality courses. In fact, we have recently opened a new education centre in Leeds, which has allowed us to offer sessions for companies and employees based in the north of the country."

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