QTS Training is launching its third English training facility, in Knottingley, West Yorkshire, to keep up with increased demand for its services in the north of England.

The NSAR gold training provider, who currently has locations in Drumclog, Linby and Leeds, will be expanding into this standalone facility where they will be offering Railway Safety, Small Plant and Tools, First Aid and Health & Safety training.

Lorna Gibson, Managing Director said: “The demand for training within the rail industry has never been higher, so we felt this was the perfect time to expand our offering within the north of England. This dedicated training centre offers the space, both inside and out, to be able to run all our railway safety critical courses, as well as courses in health & safety, first aid and mental health first aid.

“The Knottingley location also has ample outdoor facilities, including an external track panel which allows us to run PTS courses, as well as small plant and tools.

“This expansion of QTS Training is incredibly exciting for us and we’re thrilled to be able to continue to be able to grow our offering in England. Along with the wealth of experience of Graham, Clive and Erik, our existing trainers and assessors based in the North of England, we are currently upskilling an experienced operational manager from QTS Group.

“Stephen McCready, who will be joining our team as an assessor and trainee trainer, and I am delighted to welcome him to our team. I am confident that his years and experience on the railway with QTS will enable him to become a first-class trainer.”

The current classroom facilities can hold up to 18 candidates and plans are in place for an additional two classrooms to be created.

The training centre is located at Spurriers Avenue, Knottingley, with free parking.