Discover more about the training courses and topics delivered by our in-house experts

Discover more about the training courses and topics delivered by our in-house experts

View our full range of courses in our training brochure here.

Sharing knowledge is fundamental to what we do. To share, innovate and be different – these are the things that underpin our values. The wide range of training courses we offer reflect the diverse nature of our business and our industry leading experts who deliver them. From entry-level training to advanced tuition, there is something for everyone.

In Autumn, we often see a high demand for our training courses as people reflect in the summer on their development needs in relation to current and future projects. Take a look below at our upcoming courses between September and December 2023 that are now open to bookings. Secure your place now!

  • Catchment Management

    • Introduction to Hydromorphology and Fluvial Geomorphology – provides a catchment wide perspective for flood relief planning, Water Framework Directive related compliance and strategic restoration studies.
    • Water Framework Directive Awareness – highlights the importance of expert ecology and hydromorphological input into the assessment.
  • Climate Adaptation Planning

    • Adaptation to Climate Change Module 1: Introduction to Climate Change Adaptation – provides an overview of the contents of the ISO 14090 standard and what is needed to implement it.
    • Adaptation to Climate Change Module 2: Climate Risk Profiling – how organisations can prepare for adaptation.
    • Adaptation to Climate Change Module 3: The Adaptation Plan and it’s implementation – sets out the actions required to assemble an adaptation plan, building on outputs from activities addressed in Modules 1 and 2.
  • Coastal Flood and Erosion Risk Management

    • Coastal Structures and Design – explores coastal engineering design including criteria, calculations and conceptual design.
  • Dams and Reservoirs

    • Reservoir Geotechnics – provides an understanding of soil mechanics relating to dams and reservoirs.
    • Reservoir Emergency Planning – what should be included in key emergency planning principles, the development and review of flood plans and how to plan and deliver testing of these plans.
    • Reservoir Hydrology and Hydraulics – the techniques and good practice in undertaking flood studies of UK reservoirs and in assessing low flows/deployable capacity.
  • Emergency Planning and Management

    • Community Flood Resilience – designed for Local Authorities to provide guidance on how to understand their communities, and provide tools to enable them to support the development of flood groups and flood plans.
  • Flood Risk Management and Asset Inspection

    • Flood Risk Assessment – overview of current planning policy and regulatory background behind flood risk assessment and surface water drainage.
    • Economic Appraisal – introduce guidance, methods and application of flood damages for flood mitigation schemes.
    • Flood Risk Visual Asset Inspection – provides a greater awareness of both theoretical and practical aspects of flood risk asset inspections.
    • SuDS for LLFA’s – enhance knowledge of hydrology, modelling and techniques behind the assessment of Flood Risk Assessments and Surface Water Drainage strategies and apply practical methods to real-life situations.
  • River Hydrology and Hydraulics

    • FEH Users – covers the latest guidance and findings from research including the ReFH2 method, FEH13 and FEH22 design rainfalls, small catchments research and FEH local guidance.
    • River Modelling Methods – insights and hands-on experience in identifying the best type of model for the outcome you’re looking for.
    • HEC-RAS 2D – builds on real world examples to demonstrate the capabilities of the HEC-RAS 2D to allow the modelling of flows within the floodplain, produce dam breach analysis and analyse flow around structures.

Meet the trainers

At JBA we know the personal touch means a lot. All of our trainers have themselves gone through a Train the Trainer programme, and we continually refine our courses based on delegate feedback to make sure we provide the best experience possible. Hear from a selection of our trainers below who deliver some of our technical training courses.

Fiona Barraclough – SuDS for LLFA’s

“Delivering the ‘SuDS for LLFAs’ (Sustainable Drainage Systems for Lead Local Flood Authorities) course with colleagues is a really enjoyable part of my job. Teaching the background concepts which underlie the day-to-day roles of attendees from Local Authorities is rewarding, and it is interesting to discuss the varied experiences and challenges which each authority faces.”

Fiona Barraclough - SuDS for LLFA's

Mark Tywang – Flood Risk Visual Asset Inspection

“I enjoy meeting people with a variety of backgrounds and experience. I try to be relatable and personable throughout the course. And I encourage course attendees to ask questions, question the process, and course content. People are different so learn in different ways, I try to cater for all learning types and make myself available to answer questions and discuss points raised.”

Mark Tywang - Flood Risk Visual Asset Inspection

Emily Christopherson – Reservoir Emergency Planning

“I enjoy training industry experts and providing delegates with essential tools to improve their role. As a trainer I am able to constantly improve my own knowledge from discussions with other industry experts and by keeping up-to -date with industry and best practice to continuously improve the course. Reservoir emergency planning involves combining the technical understanding of reservoirs and incorporating the social elements of how we can plan to mitigate the impact on society. The most enjoyable part of the course is facilitating the table-top dam breach exercise to see how the delegates put their knowledge into practice.”

Emily Christopherson - Reservoir Emergency Planning

Phil Emonson – Community Flood Resilience

“I’m JBA’s Emergency Planning Lead, and a big part of my role involves designing and delivering training to help build confidence, capacity and resilience for people and organisations who respond to climate change and extreme weather events. I have overseen the design and delivery of seven ‘emergency response and recovery’ training programmes for the Environment Agency, and in 2022 alone 258 EA duty staff proceeded through these courses. I have delivered on topics such as ‘wellbeing in incident management’ and ‘community flood resilience’, and have provided guest lectures to the University of Wolverhampton and Hull University post-graduate programmes. 
I really enjoy training, be that in person or online.  These require different training planning and delivery skills, but despite this, both types of training allow me to engage with people – something I really enjoy. In my training I always try to provide real-world case studies and examples that are relatable, which coupled with the use blended techniques helps learning to stick.”

Phil Emonson - Community Flood Resilience

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