A new construction training centre has been officially opened.
Trainbase, located at Burnt House Farm in Bedlington, is set to create 20 new jobs in its first 18 months.
The brainchild of entrepreneur and owner of WPR Farms Tony Rutherford, Trainbase will offer professional accredited training and testing for people working in the construction industry and related trades.
Mr Rutherford said: “We are delighted to officially open the doors of our new premium construction training centre.
“At Trainbase we are committed to delivering high quality professional training so that people from across the region can obtain the necessary skills and accreditation to enable them to work safely and with a high level of competence.
“We expect to see high levels of interest in our courses as the North East construction market continues to thrive, driven by affordable housing development, student accommodation and infrastructure projects.”
The new training centre – officially opened by Ian Lavery as MP for Wansbeck – is located on a 20-acre site incorporating a 15-acre all weather digging area. It comprises a large outdoor training area, as well as office accommodation with training, testing and conference rooms.
Mr Lavery said: “The opening of Trainbase is fantastic news for Northumberland, not only is it generating new jobs for the area but it also provides first class training facilities for local people and businesses.”
“The facility will cater for a wide variety of people ranging from school leavers and apprentices to the unemployed and those wanting to expand their skill set.”