The UK’s largest energy sector trainer has opened a new facility in Teesside.

3t’s Training Services division will train tens of thousands of workers each year at the site at Cannon Park, Middlesbrough– its eighth training location in the UK, and tenth internationally.

3t says the development and opening of the facility is part of its plans and commitment to supporting the region’s skills improvement plans by providing the training, knowledge and qualifications to futureproof the local workforce and industry.

Providing more choice of training courses and additional locations so that trainees can complete courses in the UK, the centre features a variety of facilities and classrooms that will support roles across the energy and renewables sector.

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The new centre has a 24-foot training tower and climbing and rescue platforms that mirror the working environment of a wind turbine, a rigging frame, a range of mechanical and electrical training facilities to equip delegates with necessary technical skills, and as part of a joint venture agreement with Vital Fire Solutions (VFS), the trading arm of County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS), the facility will also support key training courses required for offshore firefighters.

The Teesside facility will help drive growth across key sectors including wind, oil and gas, construction, utilities, and processing industries, as well as strengthen the development of new sectors in the region such as carbon capture and storage, and hydrogen.

To mark the facility being operational, 3t hosted a launch event for local clients and stakeholders who were  briefed on 3t’s plans for the region from its Senior Leadership team, who already have strong partnerships and a long-standing customer base in the region.

Discussing the facility's importance and its impact on the region, Emma Howorth, General Manager for England at 3t said: “We’re thrilled to officially open our latest training facility, here in the heart of the Tees Valley.

"This new facility further strengthens our presence in the region and our commitment to providing new opportunities for the local workforce, developing new skills, and supporting them and the industries we serve with the best training and course availability to thrive.

"The courses we offer here will have a massive role to play in supporting the next generation of energy sector workers, particularly those looking to move into or to begin their careers in wind with our impressive newly installed training tower and frames.

"We know our impact in Teesside will have incredibly positive repercussions across the whole of the UK and beyond, and we’re very proud of that.”