The Centre acquired ATB Landbase (now Lantra NTO), and offers full agricultural, horticultural and forestry training.
Due to high demand for expert training, the building of a new multi-million pound training complex (comprising lecture rooms, canteen, offices, state of the art filing systems and fully equipped kitchen) was commenced and opened in 2001 and is now in daily use.
The Centre also acquired SO9002 accreditation, due to the high standard of training and record keeping. This process is constantly monitored and maintained.
The Centre also acquired the ALLMI (Association of Lorry Loaders and Manufacturers Institution) - again a first for the South West. This certificate is purely for Lorry Loader operators seeking another form of certification to that of the CPCS Card.
Constant development of training courses ensures there is always a certificate available for any type of machine that may be used, even those not covered by our various accreditations. This places CTA Centre at the forefront of industrial and construction training.
CTA Centre became the first CPCS accredited test centre in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset to offer the new CPCS Technical Test, meeting all the stringent rules at the state of the art test centre.
Saw a great beginning to the year with the addition of a new test site at Mells, Somerset in association with AKS International (Cranes) Ltd. offering the CPCS categories A25, A26, A36, A40 and A66 test categories. Opened in February, unfortunately this site closed in 2013 due to a relocation of AKS Cranes.
In May, another CPCS accredited test site was opened in conjunction with Marsh Plant Hire Ltd. in Havant, Hampshire. Again, this centre covers all of the lifting categories offered by CPCS including Appointed Persons.
CTA Centre arranged sponsorship with local machinery dealer Kellands (Plant Sales) Ltd. to supply a 180 Excavator, 360 Excavator (above 10t), 360 Excavator (below 10t) and a Forward Tipping Dumper purely for training purposes. This ensures that whenever anyone attends the centre to undertake a course on any of these machines, they will be trained on modern (less than 2 years old) equipment.
Saw the opening of our 3rd test site, this one was in conjunction with Macsalvors Plant Hire Ltd. in Truro to cover the lifting categories offered by CPCS.
In August we gained our accreditation to the NPORS (National Plant Operations Registration Scheme), this was sought as an alternative to the CPCS Certification.
November saw yet another accreditation to our bow - an alternative to the City & Guilds certification for street works - the Scottish Qualifications Register Accreditation for Street Works certification. They also offer the plant NVQ's along with the Appointed Persons and Crane Supervisor NVQ's.
In December 2013, a revamp of the company image was undertaken, along with a directorship change. The previous identity had been used since 2001 and, to keep with the modern times, a new logo was devised.
We started the year by installing three computers in three separate rooms and gaining the Pearson VUE accreditation. We installed this to enable us to complete the variety of CSCS tests and CPCS Renewal Theory Tests as we were having difficulty in getting tests at the correct times. This is now run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and has proved to be very popular.
We sought accreditation for the new Labourers Level 1 NVQ to enable site labourers to gain their CSCS Cards and started running the courses immediately. In July we took the plunge and purchased a brand new van posing in our new company logo and employed another full time tester/trainer to fulfil the demand in various courses on offer.
In September we gained association with First Aid Ltd. to enable us to deliver the one day Emergency First Aid at Work course and the three day Appointed Person First Aid at Work course. These do have to be renewed every three years and are very useful for personal use as well as work use.
In February 2016, to coincide with the CPCS 360 excavator category now having the lifting endorsement, it was decided to upgrade our current machine. We purchased an 18t Hitachi ZX180 LC-3 excavator, this ensures the quality equipment and service for which we are renowned for.
In March we decided to give our new trainer/tester/assessor a new vehicle to drive around in and bought another van to match the current one we had. Then in July we purchased an IGO13 Pedestrian Tower Crane - these machines are becoming more and more popular and we were constantly being asked for the training on this category. There is no centre South of Birmingham that can offer this category on a regular basis like we can - this just reiterates what we stand for and being “ahead of the game” when it comes to your training requirements.
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