Steve Grant, Managing Director of The TTE Technical Training Group


TTE Apprenticeships Ltd, part of The TTE Technical Training Group, has been appointed by York Potash to deliver its apprenticeship programme.

The Company, which is planning to build a new potash mine near Whitby, has made a commitment to providing 50 engineering apprenticeships over the next three years with the first 20 due to start their training this autumn.

This is part of the company’s education and skills programme which will train up to 500 people over the next three years in order to maximise local employment.

Apprentices will undertake a three-year programme led by Middlesbrough-based TTE, one of the UK’s leading technical training providers, and will be delivered in partnership with Yorkshire Coast College where the majority of the first year will be based.

TTE has extensive experience in delivering training programmes in the oil and gas, manufacturing, process and engineering sectors and will prepare York Potash’s engineering apprentices for operational roles at the mine including mechanical fitters, electricians, instrumentation electricians and multi skilled operators.

Steve Grant, Managing Director from TTE said: “TTE Apprenticeships Ltd is delighted to have won the contract with York Potash because the Company is clearly committed to training and developing local young people. We are very excited about this project which is exactly in tune with TTE’s mission to improve industry’s performance and enhance lives.

“We look forward to working in partnership with Yorkshire Coast College to deliver high quality training in an exciting industry that provides local employment.”

After the first year at Yorkshire Coast College, apprentices will progress into the work place to do on-the-job training which will be done in partnership with local engineering companies who will host the apprentices and support their development until the mine is operational.

Matt Parsons, education and skills manager for York Potash said: “We’ve awarded the contract in recognition of TTE’s excellent track record in delivering engineering apprenticeships and welcome the involvement of Yorkshire Coast College to ensure this opportunity is accessible to young people living in the local area.”

York Potash is looking for talented young people aged under 25 with a minimum of 5 GCSEs A*-C and full details on how to apply will be available on the company’s website and widely advertised soon.

The Company reports that interest in these positions is already high so the recruitment process will involve short listing up to 50 applicants who will then partake in a one week technical training camp from which York Potash will select the final 20 apprentices with local businesses also encouraged to get involved. York Potash aims to help in providing a local talent pool which could also benefit other companies as York Potash looks to increase the supply of skilled people to benefit the wider business community.



For TTE: Jamie Collis on 01325 363436

For York Potash: Matt Sutton at Camargue on 0121 616 5920 or or Gareth Edmunds on 01723 470 010 or

Notes to editors:

About TTE

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.

About York Potash

York Potash is the company behind the proposed state-of-the-art new potash mine in North Yorkshire – the first in the UK for over 40 years.

Potash is an essential component for plant growth and without it food would not be able to be produced with the same level of efficiency and certainty. Security of supply of potash is vital for the UK’s national interest.

The proposed location for the mine access is an existing farm and commercial forestry block located approximately two kilometres south of Sneaton village and four kilometres south of Whitby. It is located off the B1416, close to Red Gate, and gives good access to the A171.

Ultimately, the proposed new mine will lead to the creation of 1,000 direct jobs in the mining and processing operations, with thousands more in the supply and support economies. York Potash is working closely with local and regional education and training bodies to deliver a programme of training, apprenticeships and bursaries to ensure that local people have the appropriate skills to benefit directly from jobs at the mine.

The team behind the proposals is committed to on-going engagement with local stakeholders and communities to deliver the significant boost to the local, regional and national economy that the proposals would represent. The plans utilise state-of-the-art technology and engineering so that its visual and environmental impact is minimised.


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