The mewp training centre in the UK has been approved to offer IPAF CAP (Competent Assessed Person) training courses.
The business is owned and operated by Paul Stray, who has teamed up with Tony Campana, an Approved IPAF CAP Assessor trading as Newton Training, to provide the CAP courses, becoming, it says, the first truly independent IPAF CAP approved training centre in the UK, if not worldwide. By this it means the only training centre that is not owned and run by a rental company, or manufacturer – in the UK Versalift and Palfinger UK are approved CAP training centres.
Stray said: “I am proud of this latest accreditation, and collaboration with Tony. We have known each other professionally for nine years, and I’m looking forward to working together on this next project.”
Campana added: “We believe this will give smaller hire companies a wider choice for CAP training, as we will be able to be more flexible, running courses with smaller numbers, and coming to the customer”.
Tony Campana has more than 16 years’ experience in the access industry, although he started out in 2001 as an after sales manager for a Honda Motorcycle dealer, entering the access industry in 2005 in a technical support role with Genie UK. Just over five years later he returned to Honda motorcycles, but the draw of the access industry pulled him back, when in 2013 he joined Genie dealer Workplatform covering sales, technical support as well as being an IPAF training instructor.
In mid-2021 he set up on his own to offer IPAF and Pasma training. The courses he offers include the IPAF PDI and the IPAF CAP training programmes. He has also been working with APS - Access Platform Sales to provide service and operator training on the Wienold GML800 material lifts.
Paul Stray of The mewp training centre joined the industry in 2002 as a driver for The Platform Company, and then AFI. He then spent six years as a freelance instructor, before joining Genie dealer Workplatform in 2014, as training/ health & safety manager. Six and a half years later - in 2020 - he left to become a senior IPAF Instructor, allowing him to carry out the full range of IPAF courses from Operator and Demonstrator through to Instructor courses, setting up as PS Training before rebranding as THE mewp training centre and gaining IPAF approval in March 2021.