British Engines Provides Funding for TDR’s New Training Facility

The British Engines Group has provided funding and services to assist with the redevelopment of North-East based training provider, TDR’s, new state-of-the-art training facility in Newcastle upon Tyne.

The redevelopment sees TDR relocate its training facilities from the former Engineering Training Centre (ETC) on Scotswood Road, which TDR acquired from the British Engines Group in 2016, to a newly appointed facility at its headquarters in Quorum Park.

TDR is the main provider of the British Engines apprenticeship programme, having trained over 400 of our apprentices to date. Recognised by the IMechE (Institute of Mechanical Engineers), the scheme offers enhanced additional training with extra vocational and classroom experience.

As part of the donation, British Engines funded the development of a large canteen and break-out area within the training centre, providing a space for the apprentices to socialise and for TDR to hold presentations and workshops.

British Engines Group company, Stadium Export Services, donated their services to support with the logistics of the move, ensuring all machinery and equipment was transported safely to the new facility.

The redevelopment comes as TDR sees a strong demand for its services as businesses across the region look to equip their workforces with the skills to compete in today’s global markets.

The new facility will allow TDR to provide practical training on turning and milling machines alongside welding and fabrication, electrical inspection and testing, 18th edition wiring regulations, Auto CAD (computer-aided design) and business improvement techniques.

Olivia Grant, Chairman at TDR, said: “The creation of the new training facility will allow us to demonstrate the direct link between classroom learning and practical, on-site teaching, enabling our apprentices to move seamlessly between ‘on and off the job’ learning.

“The support from British Engines has been phenomenal and will, I am sure, bear fruit in enhancing the direct skills, experiences and learning of over a hundred young people every year.

“We on the board of TDR are immensely grateful to British Engines for their commitment to supporting young people entering careers in engineering and manufacturing.”