College drives expansion with new strategic training acquisition

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 engineering sectors.

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 facilities.

"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 alongside Nissan."

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 maintenance.

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 results.

"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."