A new, purpose-built centre for professional construction training is nearing completion in Northumberland.
County-based entrepreneur, Tony Rutherford, of WPR Farms, has established Trainbase Ltd and invested £350,000 in building the new centre at Burnt House Farm in Bedlington.
Upon completion, the centre will provide accredited training and testing across multiple awarding bodies, including an extensive range of CPCS (construction plant competence scheme) and NPORS (national plant operators registration scheme) categories, as well as Level 2 plant NVQs.
The new business has already created four jobs; two training administrators, a tester and an assessor.
Mr Rutherford, the director and centre manager, said: “We identified a gap in the market for a high-quality training facility in the North East offering the full spectrum of professional accredited courses for the construction and trade industries.
“We believe this is the largest facility of its kind in the North-East region and the only one offering the full range of courses in one location, thanks to our outdoor and indoor training facilities on site.”
The new training centre is located on a 20-acre site incorporating a 15-acre all weather digging area. The facility comprises a large outdoor training area, as well as office accommodation with training, testing and conference rooms.
Mr Rutherford hopes the new centre will attract trainees from a wide range of businesses with training requirements, ranging from health and safety and first aid through to plant operations and all aspects of construction.
He added: “The training centre is in a highly accessible location in close proximity to the A1 and we anticipate it will attract trainees from across the whole of the region. The high level of interest at this early stage has been extremely encouraging and we are expecting to make contract announcements in April.”
Construction companies from across the region will be invited to tour the new site on Friday, April 21, when it is due to be officially opened by Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery.