Steve Grant (left) looks on as Ian Swales MP (right) opens the Dorman Long Building at TTE


The TTE Technical Training Group has welcomed the Member of Parliament for Redcar to officially open the latest development at its North East training centre.

Ian Swales MP visited TTE’s training centre in South Bank to open the recently-refurbished Dorman Long Building, which features industry-standard training equipment to support the skills development of young people in the UK and international technicians.

The building was named by TTE learners in recognition of Dorman Long’s significant contribution to industry. It also acknowledges the history of the TTE facility, which was originally Dorman Long’s training centre on the site of its steel works.

Mr Swales was given a tour of TTE including its existing 15,000 square foot workshop, classroom and office facility within its Edison House building. He later performed the official opening by unveiling a plaque, which will be displayed in the Dorman Long Building.

The Dorman Long Building will be utilised for the training of school and college students aged 14-19 from Teesside to provide an introduction to engineering as well as young people on Apprenticeship training programmes. In addition, skilled technicians from the UK and overseas will use the facilities to work towards respected industry-relevant qualifications.

The centre also features a specialist CompEx facility, which will be used to deliver mandatory safety qualifications for technicians and engineers working in hydrocarbon environments. In addition, TTE has also purchased specialist new mechanical equipment for CompEX training.

As part of the refurbishment, the building has been completely rewired and seen the installation of an IT suite for specialist manufacturing design projects. The centre also includes fully-refurbished classrooms and amenities.

TTE provides industry-specific technical training and is one of the largest UK-based providers of training for the oil and gas, process, manufacturing and engineering sectors.

It currently has over 600 young people going through various stages of their pre-apprenticeship and Advanced Apprenticeship training and regularly welcomes visiting technicians from regions including, among others, West Africa and the Middle East.

As a charity with ‘not-for-profit’ status, TTE re-invests surpluses from its commercial activities in the development of its innovative programmes and facilities.

Ian Swales MP said: “I was very impressed with the training provision TTE offers to industry. The Dorman Long Building, and the rest of the centre, plays an important part in the development of young people in our area as well having an influence on the skills of technicians around the world.”

Steve Grant, Managing Director of The TTE Technical Training Group, said: “Ian is a passionate advocate for vocational training and the importance of this region having a strong skills base to serve existing and future industry. We were very pleased he could officially open the Dorman Long Building, which marks a new chapter in Teesside’s remarkable industrial story.”
CONTACT: Jamie Collis on 01325 363436

Notes to editors:
The TTE Technical Training Group is the UK's leading technical training provider to the oil and gas, process, manufacturing and engineering sectors.

Originally established as a joint venture company and owned by ICI and British Steel, in 1999 the company became independent and since then it has grown and changed substantially.

TTE is a charity having a 'not-for-profit status’ with its surpluses re-invested in the development of its innovative programmes and facilities.

TTE, which offers training and consultancy services, is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status. Its business comprises apprentice, technician and graduate skills development, design and operation of technical training centres, training consultancy services and operations, maintenance and safety short courses.


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