British Engines and TDR Training have today announced that they have entered into an agreement with the aim of TDR Training acquiring the Engineering Training Centre North East (ETC), part of the British Engines Group, which will fulfil an ambition of both businesses to create an exemplary training facility for engineering in the North East.

British Engines’ aim since acquiring the training school last year, as part of the Michell Bearings acquisition, has always been to establish the training school as a first class engineering training facility, independent of any particular engineering company. This vision would ensure that it continues as a resource for engineering businesses throughout the North East, offering excellence in engineering training for future generations. With this vision in mind, British Engines would transfer the asset of ETC to TDR for a nominal sum, to secure continuity of delivery and to ensure that the school flourishes under TDR’s ownership.

TDR is a leading source of advice, support and training for the engineering, manufacturing and science industries. This acquisition would amalgamate resources and expertise to allow the business to grow further, and in the long term, to develop a large scale school to continue to provide a high standard of training to engineering business and individuals.

Richard Dodd, chief operations officer at British Engines, said: “British Engines has expertise in engineering and manufacturing, but not in running and developing a training school to its full potential; we believe that TDR can do this.  The training world must move at the same pace as industry and to that end we will continue to work closely with TDR to ensure a collaborative approach to the training of our apprentices (who will all attend the training school) and to fulfil our commitment of encouraging and nurturing the region’s future engineering talent.

”We know that TDR will pursue constructive dialogue with prospective partners and stakeholders throughout the engineering industry and we look forward to be being part of that.”

Whilst it is early days in this process, subject to both discussion with TDR and consultation with affected employees, it is hoped that an agreement can be reached by the end of the summer.

Ian Young, managing director at TDR, said: “We believe that these on-going discussions with British Engines are an important step in enabling us to develop a demand led, state of art facility that will be capable of fulfilling the current and future expectations of North East businesses.”