Course Materials: MATS
The Mast and Tower Safety Group is in the process of creating a framework training syllabus for the UK telcommunications industry. Providers are accredited by Energy & Utility Skills, but neither body provides any delivery materials or sample content to work from. UVSAR has been producing top-quality course materials for work at height, RF safety and rescue courses for over a decade, including best-in-class packages for the Arqiva syllabus framework that preceded MATS as the de-facto qualification for UK telecoms workers. As MATS release each of their subject specifications, we will be ready with a complete package of classroom slides, instructor notes and student handbooks.
|Basic Tower Climbing & Rescue||Available now||V4.0 10-FEB-2020|
|Roof Worker||MATS: Not released||Expected mid-2020|
|RF Safety Awareness||MATS: Not released||Expected mid-2020|
Materials are supplied in a clean OEM format with no brand bias, as shown in the images on this webpage. We use fully-licensed imagery throughout, with no third-party logos or product names visible. Materials can be branded with your corporate logos (printed books subject to minimum orders). MATS course packages are in English for workers subject to UK domestic legislation.
Please contact us for more information or to place an order.
To deliver MATS training, the provider must be audited by Energy & Utility Skills. This includes assessment of facilities, equipment, instructor competencies and quality management systems. While we are confident that our course packages satisfy every requirement of the MATS syllabus specification, we cannot and do not guarantee that a training provider will be accredited, nor can we intervene in the auditing process. These course materials are only sold to training providers who have been accredited, or are in the process of applying for accreditation. Similar materials without MATS-specific content are available for providers who wish to offer courses in these subject areas without EUSkills accreditation - please contact us for more information.
What do I get?
- A Course Delivery Pack containing logo-branded FXL EPUB classroom slides, PDF instructor notes, practical scenario guidance, example exam questions and auditor cross-references.
- A perpetual non-transferrable license to use the materials within the CDP as-supplied for delivery of the named syllabus, to unlimited students anywhere in the world. You can make as many copies of the CDP as required for your instructing staff, but cannot give copies of slide decks to delegates, resell/syndicate the materials or publish them online.
- Access to order the full-colour printed student handbooks, shipped directly from the nearest global distribution hub (UK, USA, Australia).
- Free updates for five years to account for changes in legislation or standards (extended service plans available after this period).
FXL EPUB? Whatnow?
Consistent design and content is vital for training course delivery. Auditors and insurers need to know that a delegate was shown exactly the same information as everyone else, so slide decks that can be freely edited by instructors, deleting things they don't like or adding images stolen from the Web, are simply not acceptable in a professional environment. There are only a few ways to distribute rich-content slide decks so they always look the same, on Windows, Mac or mobile, without having to manually install fonts or change screen sizes, and the most widely accepted formats are PDF and Fixed Layout (FXL) EPUB.
PDF has been the mainstay for over a decade, but Adobe has very much dropped the ball in recent times. Adding video to a PDF file relied on Flash Player being installed, and that is dead and gone as of December 2020. We simply cannot rely on Adobe to get a workable replacement up and running, so we are switching all on-screen materials to FXL EPUB before the deadline. We still use PDF for reference documents that don't need any interactive or media content, because they're easier to print.
EPUB files are self-contained, like a PDF, and come in two types. "Flowable" EPUBs are used for novels, and they adapt the page layout to fit on small eBook readers and mobiles - but that is no good for a slide deck where precise combinations of text and graphics must stay aligned. Fixed Layout EPUB solves that problem; it includes all the fonts, graphics, video etc. and sets up the reader app so that each page looks exactly like it does everywhere else. FXL EPUB supports things that PDF does not, such as in-page animations.
To view an EPUB file, you "import" it into a reading app. On MacOS and iOS, the standard Apple Books app works perfectly. On Windows and Linux we strongly recommend the free Thorium Reader app. Android users have Google Play Books. Once imported to your virtual bookshelf, FXL EPUBs work just like PDFs - you can view full-screen and navigate with the same arrow keys or a remote presenter button. EPUB reader apps do not allow editing of the content, but they do allow you to make notes and add bookmarks etc.
I want PowerPoints!
Our slide decks use technology that is not supported in PowerPoint or Apple Pages. We do not provide the editable masters for our OEM course handbooks or slide decks for obvious reasons; each document represents hundreds of hours of expert work and the content is only licensed for use as a finished document. By limiting our OEM materials to PDFs we can reduce prices, include graphics that cannot be licensed in editable formats, and take away the worries about how to keep everything updated and error-free.
How does Brexit affect the materials?
During the Implementation Period, products and services from the EU remain legal for a UK workplace, including PPE with a CE Marking. The legal framework changed on 31 January 2020 so the UK is no longer subject to direct EU law (EU "Regulations" such as those covering PPE). Instead it uses a frozen-in-time copy held at National Archives, with edits to make it apply only to UK domestic cases. A new product safety mark, the UKCA Compliance Mark, has been introduced for the domestic market, and many UK laws have been amended (including the PPE Regs and LOLER) to detach them from EU compliance schemes. Our MATS training packages fully reflect the post-Brexit situation, and will be updated again at the end of the Implementation Period should the legal framework change to account for new trade deals or lack thereof.
OK, how much?
Course Delivery Packs are £450.00 per syllabus, plus VAT at standard rates.
Our 8.5x11" full-colour perfect bound student handbooks are 0% rated for VAT and produced on demand so you always get the latest version. There are two ordering levels available; Standard service has a typical 4-working-day lead time with next-day delivery, and Express service has a 2-working-day lead time with next-day-AM delivery. Minimum order quantity 25 books.
|Handbook title||Unit Price|
Covers RF Safety only, 32 pages
|£ 3.50||£ 3.75|
|Access & Rescue|
Covers Roof Worker plus Basic Tower Climbing and Rescue, 54 pages
|£ 4.00||£ 4.40|
|Shipping fee per order||£ 5.00||£ 27.00|