TICA unveils latest £500,000 expansion to its National Training Centre...

SSAB Aluzinc ’s Phil Lancaster attended the opening of new workshop space and training rooms at TICA’s centre in Darlington.

“Its great to see the centre’s expansion and once again to see the passion of the staff here that helps ensure the students have the skills required to support the industries we supply, obviously SSAB will continue to supply the new facility with Aluzinc in both flat sheet and our ZX profile for students to practice their pipe-work fabrication - its just part of our long running commitment to TICA” said Phil.

The official opening was performed by Alistair Wylie, head of qualifications at the Scottish Qualifications Authority, with TICA chief executive Marion Marsland and Insulation and Environmental Training Trust Limited chairman Jim Soady.

The six-month build, at TICA’s headquarters in Darlington, has increased the centre’s floor space by 30 % creating additional workshops, specialist asbestos training rooms, enhanced classroom provision, new kitchen and toilet facilities and recycling and storage areas.

TICA chief executive Marion Marsland said: “Our latest expansion has given us the capacity to provide even more bespoke training.

“In our role as Sector Skills Council we are delivering a greater number of competency assessments to skilled workers as well as accommodating our core apprenticeship facility and these new premises allow us to accommodate both sets of training on the one site.

“We now have an enhanced building that is rich in resources, staffing and facilities, where we are able to consistently produce very high quality training.”

With a membership of more than 75 UK-based insulation contracting companies, TICA trains between 80 and 100 apprentices each year providing them with a framework of qualifications, including NVQ level 2 and 3 for Scottish candidates, and employer led standards for English candidates.

 The industry specialises in the insulation of hot and cold pipework, ductwork and vessels, working on sites, including oil refineries, power stations, chemical plants, ships, offices, factories, hospitals, schools and supermarkets.