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07 February 2012

The University of Bradford become the latest high-profile Yorkshire institution to sign up to the pioneering on-line Reset Certification Scheme (RCS), which is revolutionising the way in which skills and qualifications of contract workers are checked and logged.

The University is leading the introduction of RCS into Bradford whilst in neighbouring Leeds the scheme has already being adopted by the Leeds NHS Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Leeds-Bradford International Airport.

Barrie Ellis, Estates and Facilities Health and Safety Officer for the University of Bradford commented: “This is an exciting new initiative for us, which will save the University both time and money. Until now, compliance with HSE guidelines required means that we had to carry out extensive checks on contractors and service providers. This system will make that process much easier but importantly without any compromise.”

“Reset’s system offers a secure and streamlined checking process which can reduce verification times by over 90 per cent. We have always taken Health and Safety very seriously at the University and RCS will help us strengthen our existing safety management systems.”

Gary Duce, Managing Director of Reset, said: “We are delighted to be associated with the University of Bradford, one of the leading Universities in the north of England. They have chosen our full suite of services which includes RCS Individual, RCS Company and RCS Access as well as RCS App to check individuals on site with Smartphones.”

Following significant investment in 2011 by leading Yorkshire businessmen, including Ian Townsend and Gordon Black CBE RCS are expanding quickly. Several new employees have joined the team in January, and RCS are preparing for more recruitment in the near future.

Ian Townsend, a leading Yorkshire businessman who is the chairman and major investor in Reset Training, said: “The University’s decision to make our service mandatory for all its contractors and maintenance providers is a tremendous endorsement. RCS is now gaining real momentum, with a wide spectrum of clients across the UK.

“When the qualifications of companies and individual workers are checked they are recorded and retained for seven years giving unparalleled reassurances to all RCS users. The system adds value to its subscribers by maintaining their training and competence records automatically. This is both time and cost-effective.” he explained.

Gary Duce commented: “We are already in negotiations with many other organisations, not just in Yorkshire but across the UK and we are confident that others will follow the lead of the University and the NHS. Our scheme not only ensures compliance, but does so more efficiently than previous methods, saving valuable time and money for all parties involved”.

“Vastly improving economy without cutting any corners is an attractive proposition to Facilities Management administrators across the country. It takes literally a few seconds to verify the qualifications and skills of anyone visiting any premise to carry out work using RCS further to which a log of each and every check is kept for seven years should an incident or liability claim arise”.

Barrie Ellis added: “When we were looking for a system to manage and check our suppliers and contractors we looked at numerous options but none could fulfil all of our needs. With RCS it was different, when we saw the service offering, time savings and the reassurances that RCS provide we immediately knew that we had found a real and efficient solution to our problem”.

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