Sarens Increase Potential of Their Training Centre at Wolvertem, Belgium
Sarens training centre has achieved the next big milestone at the end of 2022. After achieving their European Crane Operator License (ECOL) certificate to give ECOL training to their employees in 2021, they revamped their centre in 2022 increasing the capacity for both classroom and practical crane training operations and introducing the Liebherr LTM 1030-2.1 according to current standard EN 13000 and full option for live training sessions.
The revamped centre was reopened with an open day giving interested individuals and companies the chance to explore the centre and discover the range of training courses – and also take the opportunity to sit in a crane themselves.
Sarens has had its own in-house training centre, located at the Sarens yard in Wolvertem, Belgium, since 2017. The training centre primarily exists to provide the required trainings to the Sarens employees. In addition, Sarens can also provide training options for their clients. Aiming for a perfect balance between theoretical and applied knowledge, they include practical experience, so that the challenges of today and tomorrow can be met in a professional and correct manner.
Sarens ECOL centre is the first centre in Belgium with only three others worldwide that will give the ECOL courses. The license is the result of an initiative from ESTA, the leading European association for the abnormal road transport and mobile crane rental industry, to investigate how a European craft proficiency certificate for crane operators can be established for the heavy lifting industry.
The Sarens training centre is recognised as a training and examination centre for training courses in the context of high risk tasks according to BeSaCC-VCA, for which the training centre has successfully undergone audits by QFor.
With the addition of the ECOL course at the training centre, Sarens supports and promotes the guarantee of professional competences and the importance of a uniform certificate for crane operators within Europe.
The Sarens training centre is open for clients and contractors, offering their knowledge, experience, and expertise as an additional service in heavy lifting and transport!
Line Rigo, RDTS Manager, Sarens says, “By training our own employees, we can exceed the minimum requirements, and better assess and strengthen competencies. Ultimately, our goal is to offer training of the highest quality.” She adds, “While other training centres might focus only on complying with imposed terms, we always set higher standards for our trainees. We do this by combining the imposed terms with our assessment of what the person who holds this license or certificate should be able to do within a ESTA context which distinguishes us from external training centres.”
The revamped centre excels with:
- Reorganisation of the location to optimise and create enough space for practical trainings.
- Expansion of container units to provide additional class rooms to increase capacity and a new lunch room. There are two parallel class rooms which gives us a capacity of 12 participants for both trainings.
- The group size is limited to guarantee a qualitative training.
- A Liebherr LTM 1030-2.1 is added to training centre according to current standard EN 13000 and full option: vario-base, lift planner, and remote control.
- The current courses are expanded – training TCVT W4-01 for mobile crane operator, refresher training TCVT modules for experienced mobile crane operators, and training SPMT operator K24ST.
- Their approach: custom training programs – for new riggers a combination of different trainings to be followed more efficiently as a rigger training set and be prepared for their first site experience.
- In 2022 their trainers have achieved TCVT recognition and the terrain of the training centre has been approved as an examination location, which allows Sarens to expand their offer to include the TCVT-RA W4-01 training and refresher courses.
Sarens’ Big Carl Lifts 575t at Hinkley Point C
The SGC-250 performs one of the major lifts at the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in the UK