The move to acquire Kingston Park-based Tyneside Training
Services (TTS) will enable the college to grow and expand into new
areas of training.
The acquisition secures the future of TTS, which employs 23
people and provides a range commercial and apprenticeship training
programmes in the logistics, construction plant and motor vehicle
Mick Brophy, managing director of business and innovation at
Gateshead College said: "We are firmly focused on growing our
commercial services and apprenticeship offer.
"With an emphasis on quality training, we already attract
commercial contracts from companies across theUKand this is an area
that we can build on by increasing the courses on offer.
"Our acquisition of TTS will enable us to develop new training
resources with access to highly qualified and experienced
instructors and the benefit of readily-available purpose-built
"It enables us to extend our reach and expertise in the
automotive training sector, where we have built an outstanding
reputation for the training programmes and apprenticeships we run
from our world class facilities onTeamValleyand our new centre
TTS was established in 1969 and is controlled by a consortium of
11 local haulage companies focused on LGV Driver Training and other
logistic based training courses, CPCS Construction Plant and Motor
Vehicle Repair Apprenticeship programmes.
GatesheadCollegecurrently delivers automotive training
programmes and apprenticeships from three dedicated campuses:
aSkillsAcademyfor Automotive, Engineering, Manufacturing and
Logistics and AutoSkills Centre, both atTeamValley, and the
newSkillsAcademyfor Sustainable Manufacturing and Logistics
situated alongside Nissan'sSunderlandplant.
The college provides a range of courses to businesses and
individuals including light goods vehicle training, forklift
driving qualifications, electric vehicle programmes and
Alan Ferguson, managing director of Ferguson Transport and
former TTS chairman, welcomed the acquisition and added:
"GatesheadCollegehas a fantastic reputation among businesses both
within the region and across theUKfor providing high quality,
bespoke training which delivers measurable benefits and real
"By acquiring TTS the college will gain strong links with major
haulage companies and our Motor Vehicle repair employers who in
turn will benefit from a wider range of programmes far in excess of
what TTS can offer them at present. Equally, TTS will be able to
tap intoGatesheadCollege's existing portfolio of clients to extend
the training offered."
Mick Brophy added: "We've worked successfully with TTS for a
number of years and feel that, the teaching and learning expertise
we can bring to the company will enhance the quality and
performance of training and that this, coupled with our marketing
and business development capability will enable us to grow a
profitable and successful business."