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Back-to-back wins for Groundforce Training at prestigious industry awards.

Groundforce Training are not only celebrating their 10th anniversary this year but have topped it off by winning the award for Water Industry Training Organisation of the Year for the second year in a row.

Chris Gearren, Groundforce Training manager, collected the prestigious award at the Institute of Water’s National President’s Dinner and Awards event which was held at the The Coal Exchange Hotel in Cardiff Bay on September 13th.

Judges said: “The Water Industry Training Organisation of the Year was awarded to Groundforce Training for the following reasons. Their dedication to delivering specialised safety training to the water industry has been truly exceptional. In the past year alone, Groundforce Training has achieved an astounding 29% increase in the number of certified water industry professionals, surpassing a remarkable 6,000 individuals. Furthermore, their invaluable collaboration with the water sector to develop a range of specialised courses demonstrates their commitment to advancing safety and expertise within the industry.”

Chris Gearan said: “It is a fantastic achievement to be Water Industry Training Organisation of the Year for the second year running. Being recognised in this way demonstrates a high level of respect amongst our peers and stakeholders, providing all of us with an immense sense of pride for making a tangible positive difference in the water and wastewater sectors.

“Since Groundforce Training celebrates its 10 year anniversary in 2023, the award win is even more special. I am extremely proud of everyone within the Groundforce Training team who continue to possess a real commitment and consistent approach towards the delivery of high-quality training and assessments.”

Groundforce Training operates nationally across all UK regions, delivering a comprehensive range of courses for the construction industry. They train and assess thousands of individuals from the water and wastewater sectors per year, from large to small companies. Instructors teach both EUSR-endorsed courses as well as those mapped to industry schemes, which means they are instrumental in improving safety and efficiency across the sector.


Pictured from left: Steve Barrett, director of membership and strategic engagement, and Chris Gearren, Groundforce Training manager.