New rope access training facility opens

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Credit: Northern Echo
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TIS (NGA) Ltd, have opened a new Rope Access Training School in Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees.

The new bespoke training facility has been designed to ensure that all aspects of rope access techniques required to complete works in the field can be trialled in a life-like environment, as well as offering a quality classroom environment.

The training centre is fully IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) approved and all individuals successfully completing the training courses will receive the appropriate IRATA certification.

The company hopes to train eight learners every week, and have welcomed its first learners this week at the new facility.

Speaking to the Northern Echo, TIS Operations Director Kevin Heilbron said: “The first 18 months of trading has been predominantly as a rope access company. However, In September last year, I teamed back up with an old partner Gary King with a view to extend the portfolio of services provided to current and new clients to incorporate multi-discipline services.

“Now we provide rope access, scaffolding, painting, insulation, fire protection and rescue services.

“The strategy is to replicate a company we were previously involved in that was highly successful, Opus Industrial Services.

“We have taken the core service of rope access and expanded because it’s what clients want. Clients don’t want a single discipline company any more they want a contractor who offers a portfolio of services.”

Managing Director Gary King said: “With all my years’ experience in the industry, and with the knowledge I have gained through building previous training centres, we have been able to produce by far the best facility I have ever been associated with or seen.”

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