17 May 2015

ELearing launch

Pastel’s stunningly creative, interactive health and safety e-learning and assessment courses are the ideal way for companies to deliver essential health and safety training to their staff.

Because the training is all done online, users can fit it in easily around their work schedules. No need to leave the office. No need for appointments.

Staff just need to log on, follow the step-by-step instructions, answer some randomly selected questions to show that they’ve understood what they’ve read…and their training is complete!

Behind the scenes, our unique Pastel online management system captures and stores all the essential information for the health & safety team and provides a fully-auditable trail of actions required or taken.

It couldn’t be simpler. No wonder Pastel’s health and safety e-learning courses are used by people, both in the UK and overseas.

Priced are the cheapest around, they offer the most creative and commercially prudent way for companies to ensure they meet their health and safety training obligations.

The Benefits

  • Standardises health & safety training and assessment procedures
  • Saves time and resources
  • Provides automatic e-mail reminders and re-train function
  • Offers a permanent audit trail of all health & safety training
  • Makes data accessing easy for employees on multiple sites
  • Interactivity helps maintain attention, retain information and improve learning
  • Allows training to be completed in small sections to accommodate busy schedules
  • Certificates can be printed by the learner, no need to wait for the post!


19 April 2015

Farm Handling experience

Pastel Training have been picked by the Farmers Weekly magazine as the chosen training provider for the farm Handling Experience Show at the national agricultural showground in Warwickshire on 21st and 22nd April 2015,

We will be assisting companies such as JCB, Merlo and Massey fergusion to make sure that all operators driving the equipment are competant.

The Farmers weeklymagazine have given Pastel loads of coverage in the magazine over the last 6 weeks. A magazine which is read by 93% of all UK Farmers


16 February 2015

Positive about disabled

Pastel Training Ltd now holds the Jobcentreplus "two ticks" symbol.

This means we have been recognised as a positive place to work for disabled people, and have made commitments to employ, retain and develop people with disabilities.

The five commitments are:

  • to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and to consider them on their abilities
  • to discuss with disabled employees, at any time but at least once a year, what both parties can do to make sure disabled employees can develop and use their abilities
  • to make every effort when employees become disabled to make sure they stay in employment
  • to take action to ensure that all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make these commitments work
  • to review these commitments each year and assess what has been achieved, plan ways to improve on them and let employees and Jobcentre Plus know about progress and future plans 


3 October 2014

British Dyslexia Association

We are pleased to announce that today we became members of the British Dyslexia Association.

The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) campaigns for a dyslexia friendly society where barriers to dyslexic people do not exist. The BDA works to ensure that ALL people with dyslexia fulfill their potential. To achieve this they create change, standards and support and enable people. It is the voice ofdyslexia people; it listens to their views, represents their agendas and presses for long lasting sustainable change.

Creating a dyslexia friendly workplace ensures you get the most from your employees andcan bring a number of benefits.

Developing an inclusive culture where dyslexic employees feel secure and supported is fundamental. It is unlawful for an emplyer to discriminate against a current or prospective emplyee on the bass of their dyslexia. Pastel Training will help you to do this by providing all our corses with th ability to make them 'Dyslexia Friendly'.

Within our courses agenda, we can make 'reasonable adjustments' to enable dyslexic employees to undertake their course effectively. These may include:

  • Publishing information in alternative formats such as audio files or large print
  • Enabling candidates to have a choice of coloured backgrounds, overlays and fonts
  • Creating the right training envionment.
  • Implementing specialist one-to-one training for dyslexic emplyees in areas such as concentration/memory-improvement techniques.
  • Considering assistive technology and software such as voice-recognition and word prediction software or simply using the instructor as a 'scribe' to write on behalf of the candidate.


16 September 2014

Support from our Member of Parliment

We received a Facebook Direct message from our Member of Parliament, Graham Stuart today saying;
'Paul, that's excellent news. I wish you all the best for the Yorkshire Coast Business Awards, and I'm delighted to hear your company's going from strength to strength. Kind regards, Graham'
Nice to see our local MP is taking a keen interest in businesses in the area.


8 September 2014

Business awards finalist

We are very pleased to anounce that we have been informed today, that we are a finalist in the Start Up Business of the Year category for the Chamber Bridlington and Yorkshire Coast Business Awards.

The winner of this prize will be announced at the Awards evening on Friday 10th October at Bridlington Spa. We feel very hounered to be one of the last 3 finalists and shows that all our hard work and loyalty from our customers has been recognised. 


5 September 2014

Safe Contractor

Today we are pleased to announce that we have gained approval and membership of the Safe contractor scheme.

The Safecontractor scheme is designed to review and audit the health and safety policies, procedures and documentation of contractors. Qualified auditors take into consideration your profession, industry sector and business size, providing tailored safety audits that help to identify whether there is suitable and sufficient health and safety compliance within the business. Once all of these are met full membership is granted to show prospective clients of the companys commitment to Health and Safety.


20 August 2014

Mindful Employer Charter

Today we are very pleased to recieve our Mindful Employer Charter.

MINDFUL EMPLOYER® is an NHS initiative run by Workways, a service of Devon Partnership NHS Trust. Workways supports people with a mental health condition to find or remain in employment. MINDFUL EMPLOYER was developed by employers in Exeter and launched in 2004. Initially intended as a purely local initiative, it has since developed throughout the UK and has been launched abroad. MINDFUL EMPLOYER has been recommended as good practice by the UK government and other national organisations.

As an employer we recognise that:

  • People who have mental health issues may have experienced discrimination in recruitment and selection procedures. This may discourage them from seeking employment.

  • Whilst some people will acknowledge their experience of mental health issues in a frank and open way, others fear that stigma will jeopardise their chances of getting a job.

  • Given appropriate support, the vast majority of people who have experienced mental ill health continue to work successfully as do many with ongoing issues​


13 August 2014

Contract in Dubai and Iraq

Today our training Manager has flown out to Dubai to start our training in the Middle east. Working in Partnership with Petrofac.

Phase 1 will take place in Iraq, to the BP oil group and is forklift and MEWPS training. The customer has recently taken delivery of new forklifts  ranging from 1.5 ton to 42 ton and we will be carrying out the refresher and novice training. We will also be training some personel on articulated boom (cherry picker) and scissor lift as well as Forklift safety awareness training to Managers and supervisors in the near future.

Phase 2 will consist of Driver training at ExxonMobil, also in Iraq, who have some Ford F250/350 Super Duty truck training. This training will consist of Road safety theroy, pre-use inspection and an on-road driving assessment

This is a great new and exciting venture for Pastel Training.


24 July 2014

Itssar accreditation

We are pleased to announce that we can now offer our forklift and lorry mounted crane training with ITSSAR acreditaion.

ITSSAR have been established since 1991 and operate from offices based in Wokingham, Berkshire.

ITSSAR is approved and listed as an accrediting organisation by the Health & Safety Commission (HSC) in the Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) for Lift Truck Operator Training.


30 June 2014

New member of staff

A warm welcome to Gemma Cox, the newest member of the Pastel admin Team. Pastel's admin team can help to develop your training needs into quality training to suit your specific requirements.


23 June 2014

Pivot Steer lift truck training

We are opleased to announce that we can now offer RTITB training on Pivot Steer Lift Truck

Also commonly known as Flexi or Bendi machines, the pivot steer fork lift has been one of the most original developments in materials handling in recent years.

Their unique design (and operational methods) allows the truck to stack full pallets in narrow aisles yet still operate in a yard unloading lorries.

In the right application this eliminates the costly double handling of loads as well as optimising storage space in the warehouse.


3 May 2014

Immingham docks contract

Pastel training have secured a large contract at one of the UK's largest oil and gas storage facilities.

Training with consist of Counterbalance and Rough Terrain Telescopic forklift as well as Dangerous Goods training. The training will start in the summer of 2014.


13 March 2014

Accrediting Bodies Association Workplace Transport 2012 (ABA) Press Release

Important developments for the UK logistics, warehousing and transport industries as accreditation evolves in the wake of the Lofstedt Report.

Following the Health & Safety Executive’s (HSE) 2012 decision to step back from the day-to-day management of the accrediting bodies in workplace transport training, the Accrediting Bodies Association Workplace Transport 2012 (ABA) was conceived to improve standards and bring clarity to accreditation. 

This new Association has now been formally founded following the signing of the membership agreement and committing to the ABA Code of Practice criteria by the founder members on 12th March 2014.

The HSE will still be involved in the ABA, working in a consultative capacity. The Health & Safety Laboratory (HSL) has been confirmed as independent auditors, and in this capacity will help to maintain the standards that will make the ABA such a valuable body in the industry. The HSL was established to minimise health and safety risks in the workplace, and is an agency of the HSE, working with a range of public and private sector-organisations, conducting research and development work on their behalf.

Founded by AITT, ITSSAR, NPORS and RTITB in a spirit of close cooperation and shared values, the ABA has been created with a simple goal: to contribute to the reduction in workplace transport incidents and help employers improve productivity and profitability through training.
Membership is open to all workplace transport training accrediting bodies. Those wishing to join will be required to follow a clear code of practice aimed at maintaining high training standards. In this way the ABA will work for the benefit of the industry, providing clarity, simplicity and transparency in the accreditation arena.


23 February 2014

Iraq oil field contract

Pastel training have won a lucrative contact to deliver Counterbalance and Reach forklift training upto 42 Tonne at the Rumalia Oil field in Iraq.

The training will consist of three 7-8 week phases and is the start of a working relationship between Pastel training and one of the worlds largest oil producers.


22 January 2014

New Fire courses

Are you aware of your obligations under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005?

All business is required by law to name a responsible person/s to carry out the duties of a Fire Warden and Fire Risk Assessments.

We are please to announce that we now have 3 different fire safety courses available to suit your requirements

  • Level 2 fire safety
  • Fire safety - short course
  • Fire extinguisher course

All courses are fully accredited and can be tailored to suit your individual requirements.


10 September 2013

One Year left

All LGV / HGV / PCV drivers are required by law to complete 35 hours JAUPT approved training every 5 years. So now is the time to act.

If unfortunately you leave it too late, then the greater the chance of not completing the required training by the deadline of September 2014 (LGV / HGV) or 2013 (PCV) therefore risking losing your ability to drive commercially.

Once drivers of (LGV /PCV) have completed their 35 hours of CPC periodic training they will be issued with a Driver Qualification Card (DQC).

It is unlawful to drive professionally anywhere in the European Union without a DQC. (Existing drivers can use their current vocational driving licence as proof of their Driver CPC, however this will only apply until 9th September 2014 (LGV / HGV) and 2013 for PCV.

What happens if you haven’t completed your 35 hours of CPC Periodic Training by September 2014? (2013 for PCV) You will no longer have legal entitlement to drive an LGV / PCV commercially.

It will be an offence under the Vehicle Licencing Law to drive a vocational vehicle without holding a DQC, or to cause or permit a driver to so do.

The driver will also commit an offence if asked to produce their (DQC) card at a police or VOSA roadside check point.

The penalties are for non-compliant are:

Driving without a DQC: £1000 fine

Causing, permitting or aiding and abetting: £1000 fine

Failure to carry DQC: instant on the spot fine

Forging or falsifying documents: 2 years imprisonment / fine or both.

Driver Periodic CPC training is designed to confirm and expand existing knowledge and skills of each driver to ensure that they continue to be safe, courteous and fuel efficient drivers


27 August 2013

New website goes live

Our new look website goes live. Our website now has more modern look with direct links to social networks.The quick course finder enables you to see where we have courses with places available for you to book. The full course list has links to let you see important information such as; content, duration and accredition details.Pastel training is always evolving to give you, the customer a better service and training experiance.