Cofely Besix Facility Management (CBFM recently launched the ‘Al Mareefa’ Training Bus - a purpose-built mobile training facility to provide -site training to all the company staff.
The training bus will regularly visit approximately 50 sites across the UAE providing training on-site for all staff located at the various projects managed by CBFM. The company also plans to host special community-based training programmes at labour accommodation camps, schools, and remote farming communities within the UAE.
“In this hectic business of supporting customers, it is always challenging to keep technicians up to date with the latest safety and technical requirements, and with the Al Mareefa training bus we can take the training directly to the employees, however remote,” explained Ian Harfield, CEO, CBFM. “It also allows us to make training and development a seamless and nondisruptive activity, which is especially appreciated by our customers,” added Harfield.
Al Mareefa was created by a team of inhouse carpenters and electricians who renovated a second-hand schoolbus, and included the removal of 75 per cent of the bus seats in order to build workbenches for the training.
The bus has also been modified with a minitheatre style seating arrangement and TV monitor for class-room type training delivery. Simulation panels, such as electrical distribution boards for the practical part of the training were also installed. The bus also boasts a state of the art vehicle fire suppression system, and has its own independent power supplier via an onboard generator.
“The training provided on board the bus, will be technical in nature with a focus on mechanical, electrical, HVAC and plumbing, hence we had to make sure the bus was fully-equipped with all the necessary equipment required, as well as adequate space to conduct practical training too,” explained Andre Mars, HSQE Manager of CBFM. Approximately 14 people can be training simultaneously on the bus, and all the training will be conducted whilst the bus is stationary. “By providing training at our labour camps, we are also enabling our non-skilled employees to learn basic skills, which they will keep and take to their home countries transforming their lives, their families and localities," concluded Harfield.