Incoming NPTA technical manager John Hope is eager to focus on field-based training as he looks forward to starting his new role this month.
John begins his newly-created position on July 16 in what represents a significant milestone for the ever-growing NPTA.
While he has a broad and flexible remit designed to provide ever more support, advice and training for members, John is passionate about pushing hands-on training.
“Before I even worked in pest control, a neighbour who worked in the industry and spoke about how interesting the training course was,” he explained to www.npta.org.uk.
“It piqued my interest and I ended up spending 25 years working in pest control. The training side of things always really interested me and I have been involved in training a lot over the years.”
He added: “Pest control is my first love.
“However, one of the things I can see – not in a negative way – is that a lot of pest controllers learn just about enough to get by on. My aim is always to increase the knowledge they have.
“The only way to do that with technicians is to train them.
“Apparently people said I was good at that. But that’s down to the fact that training is not just about being in a classroom but also out in the field.
“It’s too easy to just sit down and watch a presentation.
“People need to be able to relate it to the real world. My passion isn’t just about the training; it’s about making people the best they can be.”
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