TTE dispatches trainees to Middlesbrough site to secure new training kit from Northumbrian Water

TTE Trainee Izaaz Sajid, TTE Trainer Ken Appleby and TTE Trainer, Charlotte Lax-Keeler at the Bran Sands Compound

06 March 2017

TTE is increasing its training facilities thanks to a donation from Northumbrian Water Limited. It will utilise equipment from a redundant gas transfer compound in Teesport to support the training of its young people.

In keeping with TTE’s commitment to providing a variety of skills development opportunities for young people, the training provider selected a group of trainees who were tasked with dismantling the compound equipment and returning it to the training facility in South Bank.

The compound, which is located at Bran Sands in Middlesbrough, is now isolated and redundant, but was formerly used to transform sewage into dry waste in the form of pellets using large burners.

The 20sqm compound includes a series of motors with valves, which acted as a gas monitoring system. The site became redundant after Northumbrian Water Limited installed an ‘advanced anaerobic digestion system’, which creates gas to convert to electricity.

This project provided the trainees with valuable site experience. As part of the removal of the equipment, they went through stringent health and safety briefings, risk assessment and permit issuing, which delivered ‘real-world’ experience for the young people.

Northumbrian Water is committed to training young people and has been working with TTE for more than nine years. This is the second equipment donation that Northumbrian Water Limited has made to TTE. Last year, it sent trainees to Alston to dismantle and return a recycled Water Treatment Plant to TTE to be used for training purposes.

Ken Appleby, TTE Instructor, said: “This has been an important opportunity for some of TTE’s trainees to apply their knowledge and gain additional skills in a real, working environment, in addition to following all of the health and safety measures that come with that. Because of Northumbrian Water’s generosity, we can also add a unique piece of equipment to enhance the training opportunities for trainees and apprentices at TTE.”

Steve Grant, Managing Director at TTE added: “We’re so grateful that Northumbrian Water continues to work with us in a partnership that allows our trainees to gain access to unique, work placements such as the site at Bran Sands. I’m certain that the experience that they gain from this project will be adopted in their future careers as skilled engineers.”

Iain Wilson, Northumbrian Water’s Treatment Works Manager for Bran Sands, said: “As a former Apprentice myself, I know the value of the hands-on learning these young people are getting through TTE. Apprenticeships give them a real opportunity to earn as they learn and to mix the theoretical education with on-the-job experience that will be vital in their future careers.”


CONTACT: Jamie Collis on 01325 363436

Photo caption: TTE Trainee Izaaz Sajid, TTE Trainer Ken Appleby and TTE Trainer, Charlotte Lax-Keeler at the Bran Sands Compound

The TTE Technical Training Group is an internationally renowned provider of technical training and consultancy services.

It provides technical vocational training for young people aged 16-25 in the form of Vocational Study Programmes and employer-sponsored Advanced Apprenticeships.

TTE delivers skills development programmes in the engineering, oil & gas, process, chemical and manufacturing sectors as well as designing, operating and managing technical training facilities overseas.

TTE is a charity having a ′not-for-profit status’ with surpluses generated from its subsidiary businesses TTE International Ltd and TTE Apprenticeships Ltd re-invested back into the Group to provide training and Apprenticeship opportunities for the young people of the North East

Twitter: @TTE_Training

Northumbrian Water Limited supplies 2.7 million customer in the North East with both water and sewerage services, trading as Northumbrian Water, and 1.8 million customers in the South East with water services, trading as Essex & Suffolk Water.

In the most recent survey by the Consumer Council for Water, Northumbrian Water was named the UK’s most trusted water company by its customers. 2016 also saw Northumbrian Water named the world’s most ethical water company for the sixth successive year.

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