Is Training Trivial?

Natalie Miller, BVAA Training Course Attendee

Training days have always been one of the best ways to boost morale in the workplace, improve safety, develop employees, among many other benefits. So why the hesitation?

Budget, unfamiliarity, or uncertainty are key factors but I like to live by Mahatma Gandhi’s famous quote “Live as if you’ll die tomorrow. Learn as if you’ll live forever.”

My colleague and I joined the BVAA team within a few weeks of each other. Barbara, fitting the role of the brand-new Events Manager, having had oodles of experience in that area. Myself, taking up the role of Marketing Coordinator, with a background in customer service and graphic design.

Safe to say we knew nothing about valves or actuators, considering we are now part of the British Valve and Actuator Association. The voice of the valve and actuator industry.

So naturally our CEO enrolled us onto the ‘Introduction to Valves’ training course that the BVAA run in house, independently.

A one-day training course, where a leading professional expert, who “wrote The Book” about valves, enlightened us to the basics of valves, their components, usages (from a household tap to giant North Sea oil rigs) and their importance. Great for people like us, who are new to the industry. For more in-tune individuals, who have the introductory knowledge, the BVAA also host more in-depth courses, such as ‘Valves – Advanced Level’.

In conclusion, I believe that training in general is not trivial. From my experience, I’d say that it was essential for employee development and contributing to business success. This training course is exactly as expressed on the tin. It’s an introduction to the valve and actuator industry, with a warm environment, lots of physical examples framing the room, friendly and welcoming staff, ample of parking, and did I mention that lunch is included?

If I’ve sparked your curiosity, and you’d like to find out what other courses we have available, visit our website: or call 01295 221 270.

Published in Valve User Magazine Issue 44

Spring 2020 // Issue 52
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