Tom’s training business just goes up and up…
When Tom Booth had an accident that left him with a broken back and permanent injuries, he lost his job and had to cast around for new ideas.
As a fork lift truck examiner, he decided to start up a training business, TB Training Services. That was in 2002 – now he’s been so successful that he has had to expand into larger new premises on Skelton Industrial Estate.
Tom now employs three staff, and teaches industrial skills including fork lift and cherry picker truck driving, warehousing skills, manual handling and health and safety.
“I got a lot of help from the Enterprise Team at Redcar and Cleveland. I found out initially about them at a meeting at Eston School which they attended, and they said they might be able to help me.
“The team got me some match funding for machinery, which was a big help. At the moment I’m seeking further funding to buy another cherry picker so we can handle more trainees.”
Tom needs the extra machinery because he has recently picked up a contract with SSI who now own the steelworks at Lackenby, to do all their training.
“It’s a lot of work, and an extra cherry picker would be extremely useful,”
Tom’s company also trains prisoners who are preparing for life and work on the outside, and works with the Job Centre to help people who are long-term unemployed.
His business is now accredited by ITSSAR, the regulatory body for industrial construction and truck training services, and by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
“What makes us different as a training centre is that we actually pick people up and drop them off, and we also provide them with a meal,
“We also train people on an individual basis, which means that we have a high success rate because if someone takes a bit longer, it’s not a problem.”