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Meet our Trainers!

We are delighted to introduce our team of trainers who will be delivering the Specialist Apprenticeship Programmes. These individuals are well respected and well-known in their industries and bring a wealth of experience to the apprenticeships which candidates will greatly benefit from.

The Specialist Apprenticeship Programme Trainers

Neil Marsden - PCA Board MemberNeil Marsden

Lead Trainer: Damp & Timber Apprenticeship

Neil has progressed from a time served trade background to a well established independent preservation surveyor for the last 35 year. He has achieved various vocational qualifications including HND and NVQ (level 5) in Business Management, as well as various PCA Qualifications.

In his current roles as a PCA Regional Support Officer, PCA Trainer, Independent Surveyor/Consultant and Expert Witness, all provide Neil with a unique insight into the diversity within our industry and what is needed to drive it forward and meet the challenges it faces in an ever-changing world.

Michael Vernon_Apprenticeship TrainerMichael Vernon

Lead Trainer: Structural Waterproofing Apprenticeship

Michael is a qualified waterproofing design specialist with seventeen years of experience in the structural waterproofing industry. His qualifications include a BA (Hons) degree in architecture, CSSW (Certified Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing) and he is a member of the Property Care Association’s waterproofing design-specialist register.

Michael has written and delivered CPD and training presentations for LABC Warranty, Premier Guarantee, NHBC, Chartered Association of Building Engineers, RIBA, RICS and more.  He has been a guest speaker at conferences such as the Resilient Housing Conference, Flood Expo, and the MD Insurance annual technical conference.

Michael’s seventeen-year structural waterproofing career contains variety and experience. His overall approach and professional recommendations are backed up by science, technical standards, an appreciation of practicalities and a desire to impart solid recommendations to meet the needs of his clients.

Michael Earle_Apprenticeship TrainerMichael Earle

Trainer: Structural Waterproofing Apprenticeship

Michael qualified as a Certificated Surveyor of Structural Waterproofing (CSSW) in 2007. Between 2003 and 2014 he worked as the Technical Manager and ultimately a Director for Safeguard Europe Ltd. Michael was responsible for the production of Technical Literature and Specifications and also in supporting contractors whilst onsite. During this period he offered advice to different parties on building, damp-proofing and waterproofing elements.

During his time at Safeguard Europe, Michael was trained on a one-to-one basis by Phil Hewitt, respectfully the top waterproofing consultant of his time, who approached Michael to continue his practice pending his retirement.

Michael is currently a full-time independent consultant, offering expert advice to different parties on building, damp-proofing and waterproofing aspects; acting on behalf of clients in legal disputes, site investigations, waterproofing design and, in the preparation of technical literature. He carries out a range of training, including training courses for the PCA for those pursuing the CSSW qualification. Michael is a member of the PCA Structural Waterproofing Steering Group responsible for the revision and production of documents and literature available to trade body members.

Neil Salvidge_Apprenticeship TrainerNeil Salvidge

Trainer: Structural Waterproofing Apprenticeship

Having worked around the world for multiple contractors, Neil has been very active in the construction industry since the mid 80’s and is one of the principle trainers at the Property Care Association. In 2000 when greater awareness of ground gas came about and the need for training was established alongside NVQ’s to help better promote best practice, Neil was one of the first to help develop training programmes for the ground gas sector. This soon evolved into a more focused role, with Neil gaining his Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS) and CITB NSAC (Construction Industry Training Board, National Specialist Accreditation Centre) Assessors qualification to become the initial assessor for the NVQ.

Neil continues developing training programmes and is actively working with ground gas (geomembrane) technicians in gaining their NVQ qualifications. Having gained both Assessor and Internal Quality Assurance qualifications, Neil is active in the development of industry standards and has supported the development of the NVQ Level 4 Verification of Ground Gas Protection Measures.

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For those that may be interested in finding out more, we are here to help.  Feel free to contact us for any help, advice and queries you have regarding the apprenticeship or potential funding. Simply give us a call on 01480 400000 or complete our online enquiry form below. 

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