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Post: # 20397Post djfearny
Thu Jun 14, 2007 10:14 pm

what exactly is the process of the training and where does it take place etc.

is the done training done away from home as it were for days at a time etc.

just a little unsure hows these things work

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Post: # 20401Post M6 redneck
Thu Jun 14, 2007 10:56 pm

I think it is done down in Birmingham now and takes 4 weeks, (?). It has all changed since my day...

Then you do a bit of shadowing with the police, for me it was two weeks and the local force.

Then you go to your Outstation and start to do the job for real :D

Why not pop into your local O/S and see if they can give you the leaflets from the Traffic Learning Centre, (the guys who deliver the training)?

You get a totally useless but highly enjoyable day out with Land Rover playing in the mud too.

Congratulations Redneck

PS keep on at them regarding a start date.
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Post: # 20403Post TheWanderer
Fri Jun 15, 2007 6:32 am

Not everyone gets decent policeshadowing, all of us at my station got 1 day!

Training now is residential at Quinton, Birmingham. Monday to Friday in a hotel (all expenses paid) and home for weekends for about 4 weeks, then onto Throckmorton airfield in Worcestershire for a further couple of weeks practical and driver training then on to outstation.

You'll do a bit of hard shoulder only work before being assessed and "designated" with your legal powers to work in live lanes.

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Post: # 20404Post pongolad
Fri Jun 15, 2007 8:24 am

Welcome to the mad house, dj :lol:

You've done the hard bit, getting accepted - thousands are rejected :shock:

First couple of weeks, in training, are the touchy feely bits - people skills, H&S, then first aid and learning about working on road, dealing with incidents. The Driver training, playing with 4x4's and getting the toys out of the box, is great fun. Before you know it you'll be at your O/S and working hard shoulder as a Tango crew (unaccredited, H/S working only). Usually it's 18 shifts like that then you'll be assessed over a further 6 days before, hopefully, being passed as safe and competent to work Live Lane.

From then on the World's your Oyster :lol:

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Post: # 20406Post djfearny
Fri Jun 15, 2007 8:32 am

its all getting better by the day. I just cant wait to get stuck it and do the training etc.

Sound like it should be a good bit of fun too.

I will keep you all updated when I hear anything else regarding a job and when I can start the training etc.

I'm gonna keep reading through this site because there is some great valuable info on here which will help me no end when I finally get into the real job of a HATO.

so excited, bring it on

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Post: # 20408Post pongolad
Fri Jun 15, 2007 8:36 am

dj, read the threads on Muttley :wink: I'm sure a tie pin would go down well at Quinton :twisted:

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Post: # 20413Post jezza
Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:46 am

Yes, definately wear the Tie Pin. Turning up hungover is to be expected as well. Especially during the H&S training days.

(Or was that just my outstations approach to the training? :lol: )

You might also want to double check the accomodation that's been booked by phoning the hotels yourself when you go away to Quinton & Throckmorton, a few of my colleagues ended up without rooms and one poor bugger ended up sleeping on the sofa in my hotel room. Think he still has flashbacks and nightmares from all the snoring :lol:

Either way, keep yourself safe :wink:

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Post: # 20416Post craftycarper
Fri Jun 15, 2007 11:07 am

Hello Fellow campers

Have recently been told of the site and thought i would take a look see .
Have decided that your are all slighty mad but interesting people and that the HA are just trying to stop everybody having a voice .

So just had to sign up

"you must not look at this site "

Yeah right

I like a lot of the ideas that are being put forward here and considering that we get told very little or at least only what they want us to know i think that this site is a great idea .

Keep up the good work peeps

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Post: # 20426Post pongolad
Fri Jun 15, 2007 1:52 pm

Welcome crafty, always good to have new members in the club :lol:

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Post: # 20428Post Nighthawk
Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:11 pm

No complaints from where I stayed.. Went to Alconbury for the training, and stayed at the Moat House, Bar Hill, Cambridge.. Not a bad place, food was average, however, I can recommend the chips!

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Post: # 20434Post TheWanderer
Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:59 pm

Alconbury is in the past now Nighthawk (and how sunny it was too). All practical is now at Throckmorton.

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Fri Jun 15, 2007 3:22 pm

Nighthawk wrote:No complaints from where I stayed.. Went to Alconbury for the training, and stayed at the Moat House, Bar Hill, Cambridge.. Not a bad place, food was average, however, I can recommend the chips!
Dont forget the Fox and grapes pub was only a stumble away..

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Fri Jun 15, 2007 5:54 pm

TheWanderer wrote:Alconbury is in the past now Nighthawk (and how sunny it was too). All practical is now at Throckmorton.
I done my driver training-H/S work at Alconbury too!! was very sunny, burnt to the back of beyond and back again :oops:

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Post: # 20747Post HAEyeInTheSky
Thu Jun 21, 2007 9:00 am

Looks like us 'back seat jockies' missed out on a jolly good time!!! GRR... ah well Im sure we will make up for it.

PS DJ, enjoy it! :wink:
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Post: # 20862Post Keokeo
Fri Jun 22, 2007 8:22 am

Slabber wrote
done my driver training-H/S work at Alconbury too!! was very sunny, burnt to the back of beyond and back again
Lucky sod I was there in winter it was bloody freezing on that airfield the dress code was wear everything that you had been issued.
Hotel and local pub good though.
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