Now that the 4th MATS conference has drawn to a close, I have been able to have a little time to sit back and reflect on the day.  This was our biggest conference to date and early indications from feedback provided by exhibitors and delegates, suggest it was a resounding success.  That is certainly the feedback from those I spoke to throughout the day.  I would like to thank our headline sponsor, Virtua, for their support of the MATS conference, along with our gold and silver exhibitors.  There are so many others to thank including, our speakers, all the delegates who attended and of course the volunteers from MATS who all made the event possible.  It would be great if you could complete the feedback survey emailed to you and we look forward to welcoming you to the next conference. Stewart Mardle | MATS Chairman (2020/21) and Conference lead 2022 ...

From February 2022, virtual cards will begin to replace current Energy & Utility Skills Register (EUSR) Cards From February, individuals gaining a new EUSR registration will be issued with a virtual card. A physical smart card can also be requested if needed. To access their virtual card, a newly registered individual will be sent a text with a link to download an app on their mobile phone (either Android or Apple). The app will contain their virtual EUSR card, including details of all active registrations. When asked to produce the card, the individual will open the app and show the virtual card. The card checker will validate this using a free app called Checarda, which can be used with or without internet access. Alternatively, the individual's details can still be checked by entering them on the EUSR register search (available 24/7 at www.eusr.co.uk). Virtual cards will all display a card expiry date. Carole Bishop, Head of Registrations at Energy & Utility Skills, commented: "We're pleased to announce the introduction of virtual cards, the next step in our ongoing programme of investment into EUSR. Firstly, virtual cards are more convenient; no more carrying around lots of different plastic cards and no more lost cards. Secondly,...

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In order to work at height on MATS Group telecommunication structures during the pandemic the Group allowed extensions to expired certificates to 31st July 21 on the following qualifications: MATS Basic Climber and RescueFlat roof / Rooftop AccessClimbers Medical Please note these extensions have now expired and workers will only be allowed to work at height with in-date certification. The MATS Group continues to monitor the situation, advises caution and recommends following the latest Government and HSE advice to maintain a safe working environment: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/working-safely/index.htm Keep safe Stewart Mardle - MATS Chairman ...

We would like to thank everybody who purchased tickets and who agreed to exhibit at our 4th MATS Annual Conference which was originally due to take place in 2020 and then October 2021 due to the Covid-19 situation. Leading up to the event our top priority remains the safety, health and well-being of you all. After consulting with stakeholders, we have decided we have no option but to postpone the conference again to next year. This has not been an easy decision for the group but we felt that in the current uncertainty around the increasing COVID-19 infection rates, hospitalisations and deaths, it is the safest thing to do for all exhibitors and attendees. We have secured a revised date from the Coventry Building Society Arena (formerly Ricoh arena) on Tuesday 26th April 2022. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this third postponement may have caused but having consulted with all key stakeholders we believe a gathering of around 300 people this year simply would not be appropriate. We would like to place on record our thanks to sponsors and exhibitors who have all been very supportive and we look forward to a fantastic event next year when the implications caused by the pandemic...

In light of the latest advice by the UK Government on the planned roadmap of easing of lockdown restrictions across the UK, the MATS group has again reviewed the options available to us in order to support our industry in maintaining the infrastructure that enables key services to be provided In order to work at height on MATS Group telecommunications structures, a worker is currently required to have the following in date certificates as a minimum: -  MATS Basic Climber and Rescue Flat roof / Rooftop Access Emergency 1st AidClimbers MedicalRF Safety Awareness Whilst the MATS Group acknowledges that some training providers are now offering face to face courses, there may be some challenges still with reduced delegate numbers on a course and overnight accommodation.  The MATS Group will allow conditional extensions as outlined below though please note the following statement: - “In all cases, Employers have a responsibility to ensure that a full risk assessment is carried out on every individual to ensure that the organisation is satisfied they still have the necessary skills and competency to carry out their activities”. MATS Basic Tower Climbing & Rescue- Revised Extension to 31st July 2021 The full revalidation course and registration with EUSR should be undertaken wherever practicable.The extension is...

The MATS Group Spring Newsletter 2021 is available now. The newsletter features a look at this year’s National Register of RF Workers, an update on the groups industry wide Roof Worker Scheme consultation and some top tips from Mental Health awareness week. DOWNLOAD - MATS GROUP Summer NEWSLETTER 2021 ...

MATS have now drafted a new Guidance Note GN-015 - Landlord Packs - Minimum Requirement and is now inviting comments / suggestions from the industry and other stakeholders to this draft document. Proposed Guidance Notes Download - Proposed GN-015 The Ask Please reply with any feedback to: enquiries@matsgroup.info  and please put "Landlord Packs" in the subject header and send your response by Friday 25th June – 2021 ...