TECHNICIAN Gavin Arnell out-performed lifting equipment professionals of far greater experience to pass an industry course.
Gavin, who works at Straightpoint, a load cell manufacturer in Havant, passed the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association P1E Foundation Course – a training course offered by LEEA, the representative body for the lifting industry.
Gavin participated in a three-day programme that took place at LEEA’s Osprey Court training facility. He had to pass 28 modules covering a range of subjects including standards and codes of practice; wire rope and slings; overhead travelling cranes; and mobile cranes.
He said: ‘Having never seen or heard of much of the subject matter, I was apprehensive about tackling the content in an exam situation. However, as the course progressed I became more confident and embraced it as a learning experience. I was pleasantly surprised though when I passed.’
He has now booked to take the Lifting Equipment General Advanced Programme, a five-day course, in April.
Alfie Lee, operations director at Straightpoint, said: ‘Gavin was the only person on the course with no previous experience and he passed first time. He can take a tremendous amount of encouragement from that.’