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3 Education celebrates 10 year milestone and over 8,000 trained

Leading working at height training providers, 3 Education, has reached a business milestone – 10 years independent trading, with more than 8,000 individuals trained.

The 3 Education brand is run by work at height training industry guru, Rob Harris, 54, who’s been at the forefront of safety training – particularly in man safe safety nets, stair towers and temporary edge protection – for more than 25 years. 

Prior to establishing 3 Education, Rob was Managing Director of and was instrumental in the development of Netclaw – a revolutionary remote attachment rigging device for safety nets.

His training career started as a PASMA and ladder instructor, where he was a key contributor to the publication of BS8411 and BS8454 British Standards, with the BSI and ACR Blue book. And he is a founding Director, ex-Chairman and current chair of the training committee for the Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training (FASET) – the “voice of authority” in the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry.

As FASET chairman from 2015-2017, Rob was FASET’s representative at the Access Industry Forum’s (AIF) Work at Height Management Programme and was involved in the NSCC training committee for a number of years. And in 2017, Rob Harris and 3 Education were awarded FASET’s 2017 Lifetime Contributor Award. 

3 Education are also regularly called upon on as an expert witness in HSE and other prosecutions, inquests and other legal proceedings, as well as offering a training consultancy service for some of the industry’s main players, in the UK and overseas.

In 10 years, 3 Education have seen the introduction of Stair Towers, Edge Protection, PPE, Secondary Back Up Systems and TAP systems to the 3 Education portfolio, which includes all FASET courses, GSA1 assessments, NVQs and more. 

The 3 Education brand also pioneered the development of rescue training courses for construction site managers and operatives, through practical workshop sessions (which is now a FASET course).

Now 3 Education’s modern training facility near Aylesbury offers a wide range of work at height safety training in the UK – and on a bespoke basis to clients abroad – with the aim of developing work at height training and assessment through interactive learning, without dull power point presentations.

3 Education Managing Director, Rob Harris said: “It’s fantastic to reach this 10 year landmark. The landscape has changed immeasurably and the time has passed by so fast, as we go about the business of giving people ownership of better work at height safety knowledge. 

“We’re a small family-run business, but we’ve achieved a lot nationally and internationally, through hard work and a core commitment to the 3 Education ideology, which stands for three components of competence – knowledge, skills and experience.

“People come back to us time and time again, to refresh and update their skills, but also to bring fresh faces to us to get the knowledge. It seems our relaxed, fun and yet focused manner in which we deliver our courses is not only popular, but successful – a fact that’s proven by our ability to impart information to non-English speaking operatives when we work abroad. 

“We firmly adhere to the great mantra that people learn when they have an interest in the subject and are having fun. And that a good knowledge facilitator (me, the trainer!) will get the buy-in from the learners by making the subject interesting within the first few minutes. We draw upon each group’s existing knowledge and experience and relate the new knowledge they will go home with to that. And we respect each leaner, regardless of background, position and experience. Once the relationship is happening, the fun can start and learning is the easy part.

“We’re also humble enough to recognise every day is a learning day – and that’s certainly the case for the teacher, as it is those on the courses. Here’s the the next 10 years and another 8,000 trainees…”

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