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Didac and Daltons put training and machinery supply exactly where it should be – together

A significant initiative has been announced by the two companies to jointly provide and promote training in the use of woodworking machinery to recognised standards. Resulting from a unique partnership agreement training specialists Didac and woodworking machinery distributors and manufacturers Daltons will jointly offer both in-house and on-site training to skill levels acceptable to both the industry and the requirements of Health and Safety legislation.

Dalton Woodwise Assessment Centre

Bristol based Didac Limited, the specialist training provider for the woodworking sector, has taken staff members at A L Dalton Limited of Nottingham through a rigorous training programme to develop their woodworking machinery training skills in order for them to confidently deliver training to their customers.

Didac prepared a bespoke training scheme for Daltons’ sales and service personnel who were all experienced users of woodworking machinery. They were given refresher courses on health and safety, followed by machine specific training. This took the form of benchmarking existing knowledge followed by individual learning plans completed over a six week period.

The training programme culminated in designated members of staff passing the CIEH Professional Trainer Certificate, which is a recognised training qualification and then the City & Guilds Learning and Development unit enabling them to assess competence.

Jon Gibson, Managing Director of Didac says “This is a significant investment in time and money by Daltons. It will enable them to confidently deliver woodworking machine training to their customers within the proven frameworks established by Didac.

Daltons Director Francis Dalton added “We wanted to increase the scope of our services to customers by adding the provision of woodworking machine training, but we wanted to do it properly.”

Francis continues “Didac was a logical training partner to work with. We have known Didac for a long time, and we are aware of their reputation and adherence to externally recognised standards.”

Daltons are intending to become one of the first training affiliates for the Woodwise scheme, which is being launched in October at the W6 exhibition.

Woodwise is a low-cost, work-based certification scheme, accredited by City & Guilds, to improve the competence of operators of woodworking machinery. Operators can become certified on just one machine, or on a selection of machines, depending on their own needs and those of their employer.

Daltons and Didac are also joining forces to write the learning resources and assessment criteria for band re-saws which constitute an important sector of their machinery portfolio.

To register as a Woodwise training provider, or for more information about Woodwise, ring 0117 904 9377 or visit the Woodwise website on