School Engagement Day at Trainbase

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A School Engagement Day to entice youngsters into careers in construction has been hailed a success by industry specialists who have united to help bridge the skills gap in the sector.

The event was initiated by The Civil Engineering Training Group North East, (CETG NE), after the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) released a report alongside the North East LEP highlighting the increasing skills gaps within the construction and civil engineering industries in the North East.

CETG NE worked collaboratively with construction leader, Esh Group, training company, Trainbase, and Northumberland County Council to deliver the event which was held at Trainbase’s construction training facility in Bedlington and was attended by 85 students from the town’s Meadowdale Academy.

Kate Marshall, group training officer at CETG NE said: “There is an evident skills gap in this sector within the North East. The region is facing major struggles in the future with the likes of an ageing workforce, Brexit and HS2, which could mean a lot of the North East workforce will migrate down South.

“There are some major infrastructure projects in the pipeline in the North East over the next 5 years and it is vital we attract more students into construction and civil engineering. It is not just about being a bricky on site, the industry needs quantity surveyors, civil engineers, site foremen, groundworkers, plant operators and more.”

Tricia Mullen who is chair of CETG NE, and group training manager of Esh Group added: “Esh Group is committed to helping young people develop employability skills through its range of education programmes and we are delighted to have supported this fantastic event. The Esh team involved in the day all started as apprentices, one of which has won both local and national apprenticeship awards and are best placed to tell the students about their routes into construction.”

The event, which took place on Friday 12th October, included an array of hands-on activities for the students to participate in. Trainbase carried out plant demonstrations and a careers activity, whilst apprentices from Esh Group delivered a presentation to share their experiences of getting started in the industry. Other activities included a bridge building exercise, which was hosted by VolkerBrooks, spot the skills, plant simulator experience and a myth buster challenge.

Tony Rutherford, director & centre manager at Trainbase said: “Through this event we are looking to change perceptions of construction jobs amongst young people and really showcase the wide range of fantastic career opportunities that are available in the sector.

“At Trainbase we are committed to delivering high quality professional training so that young people can obtain the necessary skills and accreditation to prepare themselves for a successful career in construction.”

Carole Richards of Northumberland County Council added: “This kind of engagement between schools and businesses is extremely important for students’ learning and to help raise awareness of career choices.

“Allowing students to go off-timetable and see these jobs first hand can help them choose the right GCSE’s, so they don’t go down the wrong career path. Following the success of the event we hope to be able to repeat it and reach out to more schools in the area.”

Article published on Net Times Magazine

2018 Upcoming Courses

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2018 is here and we have some excellent training courses coming up. Get your year started with a comprehensive Trainbase training course.

We have courses coming up throughout February, March and April for SMSTS, Health and Safety Awareness, SSSTS and Emergency First Aid at Work.

See course details below:


  • Health and Safety Awareness 1 Day;- 23rd February Location: Trainbase, Bedlington
  • SSSTS 2 Days;- 26th & 27th February Location: Trainbase, Bedlington
  • First Aid at Work 3 Days;- 19th, 20th and 21st February Location: Trainbase, Bedlington


  • Health and Safety Awareness 1 Day;- 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd March Location: Trainbase, Bedlington
  • SSSTS 2 Days;- 19th & 20th March Location: Trainbase, Bedlington
  • SMSTS 5 Days;- 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th March Location: Trainbase, Bedlington
  • SMSTS (Refresher) 2 Days:- 13th and 14th March Location: Trainbase, Bedlington
  • Emergency First Aid at Work 1 Day;- 12th March Location: Trainbase, Bedlington
  • First Aid at Work 3 Days;- 5th, 6th and 7th March Location: Trainbase, Bedlington


  • Health and Safety Awareness 1 Day;- 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th April Location: Trainbase, Bedlington
  • SSSTS 2 Days;- 9th and 10th April Location: Trainbase, Bedlington
    23rd and 24th April
  • SMSTS 5 Days;- 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th April & 3rd May Location: Trainbase, Bedlington
  • NRSWA – Units 1-6 & 9 (New Road & Street Works Award) 5 Day; – 16th – 20th April
  • NRSWA – Re-Assessment (New Road & Street Works Award) 2 Day;- 9th & 10th April

Please contact us to book a course. Call our team on 01670 530704 or leave us a MESSAGE HERE


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Read our latest press article…

Our grand opening event has been in the press this week! Read the full press release below:

New construction training centre opens in Northumberland creating 20 new jobs

A new construction training centre has been officially opened in Northumberland today by Ian Lavery MP.

Trainbase, which is located at Burnt House Farm in Bedlington, is set to create 20 new jobs in its first 18 months as the company anticipates a high level of demand for its courses.

The training facility is a new business venture for Northumberland entrepreneur and owner of WPR Farms, Tony Rutherford.

Trainbase offers professional accredited training and testing across multiple awarding bodies for people working in the construction industry and related trades. It has already attracted a number of new clients including Esh Group, Thompsons of Prudhoe and JN Bentley of Skipton.

Tony Rutherford, director & centre manager at Trainbase Ltd said: “We are delighted to officially open the doors of our new premium construction training centre.  At Trainbase we are committed to delivering high quality professional training so that people from across the region can obtain the necessary skills and accreditation to enable them to work safely and with a high level of competence.

We expect to see high levels of interest in our courses as the North East construction market continues to thrive, driven by affordable housing development, student accommodation and infrastructure projects.  In order to meet demand we have already created four new jobs and further opportunities will follow.”

The opening of the new facility comes at a time when the sector is facing a huge skills shortage.

Mr Rutherford added: “There is a well-documented skills shortage in construction and it is important that local businesses have access to high quality training facilities, particularly now that contractors need certification from accredited awarding bodies as in-house certification is not as widely accepted as proof of competence.”

The new training centre is located on a 20-acre site incorporating a 15-acre all weather digging area.  The facility comprises a large outdoor training area, as well as office accommodation with training, testing and conference rooms.

Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck said: “The opening of Trainbase is fantastic news for Northumberland, not only is it generating new jobs for the area but it also provides first class training facilities for local people and businesses.  The facility will cater for a wide variety of people ranging from school leavers and apprentices to the unemployed and those wanting to expand their skill set.”
The opening event was attended by over 100 senior representatives from local businesses and construction companies who were given tours of the facilities.

Instructor Assessor Job Opportunity

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Trainbase is a newly established premium Training Centre who strive to deliver the best quality courses, training and testing across multiple awarding bodies.

We are looking to expand our team and find a full-time Instructor/ Assessor with a wealth of background in the construction industry. They must be enthusiastic, professional and be able to deliver quality training.

A successful candidate must have the following qualifications:

  • Cert Ed/PGCE/B Ed/M Ed
  • IQA/V1/D33/D34 Qualifications
  • Tutor/ Mentoring or Train the Trainer Qualification
  • Be able to deliver a range of courses from: Health and Safety courses, In‐House courses, NPORS and specialised courses.
  • A minimum of 3 year’s experience in a similar role
  • Health and safety qualification (NEBOSH General/Diploma)
  • Recognised training qualification NVQ L4 in Training and Development, CIPD Certificate in Training Practice


  • Be able to motivate and drive learners to achieve their qualifications within agreed timescales
  • Desired courses to be able to deliver: PASMA, First Aid, NEBOSH, IOSH, Asbestos Awareness and Streetworks
  • Maintain paperwork to the required standard
  • Produce lesson plans and bespoke courses for individual companies/ clients
  • Monitor Health & Safety, Equal opportunities, Safeguarding and update relevant documentation
  • Represent the company at relevant events and generally supporting the Training Centre’s marketing strategy
  • Ability to work with limited supervision and manage time effectively


  • Good IT Skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Excellent organising and multi-tasking skills
  • Good standard of Maths and English
  • Good team player
  • Can work well in a fast-paced environment

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 11th April 2017
Salary: Competitive and car supplied
Hours: Full Time

If you are interested in the above position OR require any more information please send your CV to or call 07860784888 

We are in the press!

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We are in the press! Read the full press release below which has been featured in the regional press this week:

New construction training centre nears completion in Northumberland

A new purpose-built centre for professional construction training is nearing completion in South Northumberland.

Northumberland-based entrepreneur, Tony Rutherford of WPR Farms has established Trainbase Ltd and invested £350,000 in building the new centre at Burnt House Farm in Bedlington.

Upon completion the centre will provide accredited training and testing across multiple awarding bodies, including an extensive range of CPCS (Construction Plant Competence Scheme) and NPORS (National Plant Operators Registration Scheme) categories, short courses, street works and Level 2 Plant NVQ’s.

The new business has already created four new jobs including two training administrators, a tester and an assessor.

Tony Rutherford, director & centre manager at Trainbase Ltd said: “We identified a gap in the market for a high quality training facility in the North East offering the full spectrum of professional accredited courses for the construction and trade industries.

After talking to people within the construction industry we discovered many companies send staff outside of the region for this kind of training, and given the large site we have here at Burnt House Farm, we decided this would be the ideal place to establish Trainbase.

We believe this is the largest facility of its kind in the North East region and the only one offering the full range of courses in one location, thanks to our outdoor and indoor training facilities on site”

The new training centre is located on a 20-acre site incorporating a 15-acre all weather digging area. The facility comprises a large outdoor training area, as well as office accommodation with training, testing and conference rooms.

Mr Rutherford hopes the new centre will attract trainees from a wide range of businesses with training requirements ranging from health & safety and first aid through to plant operations and all aspects of construction.

He added: “The training centre is in a highly accessible location in close proximity to the A1 and we anticipate it will attract trainees from across the whole of the region. The high level of interest at this early stage has been extremely encouraging and we are expecting to make contract announcements in April.”

Construction companies from across the region will be invited to tour the new site on 21st April when it is due to be officially opened by Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck.

For further information about Trainbase, to book a tour of the site or to reserve a place at the open day please contact: Eleanor McManus or call: 01670 530 704.

Exciting Opportunity

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An exciting opportunity is available to join the Trainbase team.

We are currently looking to recruit a suitably qualified candidate that is able to deliver street works courses.

If you feel you have suitable experience and would like the chance to join our team then we want to hear from you.

Please call us on 01670 530704 or leave us a message via our website contact form and we will get back to you.


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