Practical training for wastewater plants and anaerobic digesters
Business-focused learning has always been a priority at Yorkshire Water, with recognition that improved individual performance contributes to achieving overall business objectives. One of the ways Yorkshire Water demonstrates their commitment is by investing in their people so everyone develops to their full potential. Yorkshire Water was keen to move forward with a customised programme provided by a well-respected training company that was deeply entrenched in the subject matter at hand; wastewater plants and anaerobic digestion.
The Aqua Enviro team worked directly with the Yorkshire Water Learning & Development department to design a series of courses aligned with their business objectives and operational challenges. Bespoke course content was developed. This took into consideration their deployed technologies and developing needs. The course materials were reviewed by the Yorkshire Water technical team to ensure everything was pitched appropriately and of requisite technical standard.
The programme incorporated four delivery platforms, each targeting different employee groups, to ensure everyone received the training they needed.
A highly targeted presentation available to all staff with the aim of facilitating conversations across the business using common language
Upskilling the operation’s teams on new technologies and technology platforms introduced at Yorkshire Water sites, ensuring assets are operating at peak performance
Remote technical training
Half day courses with tailored courses on activated sludge and anaerobic digestion
To help enhance scientific knowledge and construct performance optimisation strategies based on real world experience on:
a. Thickening and dewatering
b. Energy management in operations
c. Inlet works and primary tanks
d. Laboratory tests including
microscopic analysis of activated sludge
- TRIAD site-specific plans: learning how to reduce TRIAD energy costs by understanding and evaluating the process risk of turning down or even switching off plant items such as blowers and pumps
- Polymer make up, blending and dosing optimisation: After electricity the cost of chemicals are the highest. The teams were taught how to optimise blending, mixing and dosing in order to save up to 10%
- Biogas, gas bag and CHP optimisation strategies: Understanding how to manage gas holder levels to manage offset peak tariff electricity consumption depending upon storage capacity
- Best practice in operations: Operating machinery, such as dewatering equipment outside of peak tariff times
What was particularly impressive was the immediate and direct impact of this highly interactive training programme. Reallife projects were brought to the table by the attendees. In collaboration the Aqua Enviro trainers and Yorkshire Water employees developed strategies
The regular training courses and programmes are highly relevant and they pride themselves in being able to provide programmes in multiple formats as well as ones that are tailored and flexible to meet the individual learning and development needs of clients, with a highly collaborative approach in course design.
The collaborative and highly interactive nature of programmes also helps identify plant and process optimisation opportunities, which are a key value addition for clients.
It was an absolute pleasure to work collaboratively with Aqua Enviro, to help deliver concise training to our front line operations, helping their understanding of site actions and processes. The training was a great mix of...
Alan Ayliffe-Wastewater Portfolio Project Manager, Yorkshire water