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H&S QUALIFICATIONS ‘Why change a winning team?!’

H&S QUALIFICATIONS ‘Why change a winning team?!’


07 Feb, 2018

Pat (Spike) Hughes recently received his City & Guilds level 5 Diploma in Health and Safety. The Diploma is a natural next step for those in a safety position after certificate-level courses, and leads to Graduate membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

Says Pat, ‘I joined the Royal Navy after finishing a Mechanical Engineers apprenticeship at the age of 20, and completed just under 30 years of service as both a Stoker and later a Submarine Coxswain. On leaving the Navy I found myself in the rail industry working for Serco Rail Technical Services at Network Rail’s Rail Innovation and Development Centre in Melton Mowbray.

‘Brian Magennis, City & Guilds assessor for CCS Training Ltd, had kept in touch during my transition to civvy life. He didn’t need to, but this just shows his commitment to his students. I had already done my NEBOSH certificates with Brian as tutor and decided to also attempt the NVQ Diploma in September 2016 with CCS (why change a winning team!), and with the advice and guidance of Brian and Trevor Miller, Director of CCS, I successfully completed it in August.’

One of the courses delivered by owner/Director of CCS Training, Trevor Miller, took place in Kinloss. The commanding officer present, pleased with Trevor’s professionalism and ability to transfer knowledge to military personnel, presented Trevor with a 39 Engineers Regiment plaque.

You can contact Trevor at: CCS Training, Newcastle Business Village, 33 Bellingham Drive, Benton NE12 9SZ Tel 0191 250 1250

Pat completed his Diploma in less than a year. Next step: Chartered membership of the IOSH after applying for Graduate membership through this qualification.

The City & Guilds level 5 Diploma is available through CCS Training with special rates for Service leavers. To find out more, visit or call 0191 250 1250.


Pat (Spike) Hughes receiving his City & Guilds level 5 Diploma in Health and Safety from Pete Ellis, Network Rail principal engineer. Also pictured are Trevor Miller, Director CCS Training Ltd, and Brian Magennis, City & Guilds assessor for CCS.