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

Posted 6th March 2017 By TTE Press Office


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.”