tbf Traffic’s Lee Stalford has qualified as a LANTRA assessor, giving tbf the benefits of an in-house evaluator.
Lee is qualified under the National Highway Sector Scheme 12D to assess Traffic Management Operatives on modules M1, M2 and M5. This means he can do practical assessments, while Alan Seager, head of Suffolk-based assessment firm Quality Engineering (which tbf has worked with for many years) will continue to take care of classroom modules.
The qualification gives Lee extra capabilities, but he’s already well-versed in appraisal as tbf Traffic’s Site Audit Compliance Officer.
He joined the firm in early March 2020, just before COVID-19 drove the UK into lockdown – not the most serene start in a new role. But Lee’s years of experience in traffic management served him well, and he operated as a key worker on emergency reactive jobs through the pandemic.
He soon took on compliance responsibilities, helping to keep tbf’s safety standards tip-top through a tough time; as well as attending on-site meetings with customers and local authorities, giving advice on the best traffic management options.
On top of all this, Lee worked towards his NVQs. He now holds an NVQ Level 3 in Teacher Training for future classroom assessments, as well as an NVQ Level 3 in Assessing Competence for on-site assessments. “I’m really looking forward to starting to assess and passing on my wealth of knowledge to others,” he said.
An in-house LANTRA assessor is another string to tbf Traffic’s bow. It streamlines qualification bookings and means Traffic Management Operatives can be assessed in a more realistic environment, by someone who is familiar with their knowledge level. Lee will also be able to monitor TMOs closely and decide when they’re ready to start their assessments.
Lee recently carried out his first assessment – on which he in turn was evaluated. The M2 Module assessment was live streamed back to LANTRA appraisers, who checked everything was covered clearly and comprehensively.