TICA Scoops Top UK Training Award

TICA named as the winner of a prestigious national education and training award.

Having fended off tough competition TICA were selected as the ‘Centre of the Year in the Wider UK’ at the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Star Awards at a glittering ceremony in Edinburgh. TICA's SQA approved centre provides bespoke training and delivers high quality apprenticeships throughout the UK.

Over the past 12 months, TICA have invested significantly in their National Training Centre, where they deliver specialist level 2 and level 3 apprenticeships in Thermal Insulation. Apprentices are benefiting from four new training rigs, which have been designed, fabricated and installed to meet the changing needs of the industry.

TICA plan to increase the numbers of apprentices trained by enlarging the Darlington based facility, to ensure that the industry has skilled workers ready to meet future demands.

Chief Executive, Marion Marsland, and Operations Manager, Madeleine Hill attended the ceremony at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh to collect the award.  Marion explained: “This award shows just how far our centre has come under the guidance of our IETTL, and with the input of more appropriately skilled staff.”  

Madeleine added: “We were shortlisted against two major training providers and there were some large colleges at the event, including Glasgow Clyde College, who, until two years ago, delivered TICA’s training programme to our Scottish apprentices. It goes without saying that we are very proud of our Darlington training centre, our facilities, staff and learners.”  

“Everyone at the centre plays their part in improving standards and implementing procedures and standards which have lifted us to our current levels.  It’s great to have secured a place on the shortlist, but to have actually won is absolutely marvellous.”

The SQA Star Awards are unique, recognising both the individuals who work towards, and the organisations that deliver SQA qualifications; rewarding those that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to learning.

SQA Chief Executive, Dr Janet Brown, said: “I have been overwhelmed by the dedication of our winners and have been privileged to hear moving stories of learning journeys. Our winners are an inspiration to us all!

“The SQA Star Awards shine a light on the incredible support provided to learners by teachers, lecturers, schools, colleges, employers, and training providers, encouraging them to reach their potential, and it is right that we give our exceptional centres the recognition they truly deserve.

Dr Brown continued: “This evening the excellent work of our colleagues in schools, colleges, workplaces, and training centres, and the achievements of young people and adult learners have been recognised, and we are delighted to shine a spotlight on their success.”

Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “These awards are a wonderful opportunity to recognise the hard work and achievement of people across Scotland, and of our education and training providers.

“It is absolutely right that we should celebrate these achievements which demonstrate the best in Scottish education and training. I would like to congratulate all the winners and wish them every success for the future.”