Rail contractor training arm celebrates 15 years in business


NATIONAL rail contractor, QTS Group, is thrilled to mark the 15th anniversary of its esteemed training arm, QTS Training.

For a decade and a half, QTS Training has been at the forefront of delivering high-quality, innovative training solutions to equip countless individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in the rail industry.

To commemorate its 15th anniversary, QTS Training hosted celebration activities and provided giveaways to candidates at each of its three training centres including Lanarkshire, Nottinghamshire and West Yorkshire.

Since its inception in 2009, QTS Training has continuously evolved, expanding its offerings and earning accreditation from esteemed organisations including IRATA, NSAR, CITB, SQA, City & Guilds, MPAwards, and Nuco. In 2024, it also celebrated the retention of its Gold rating from NSAR for all three assured elements, Delivery, Compliance and Premises, cementing the business as one of the leading providers of rail training in the UK.

QTS Training has witnessed substantial growth, with the number of candidates being trained each year growing over the past 10 years, from 1848 in 2013 to 9786 in 2023.  As a result, the company has  increased its number of trainers, now having seven specialists based in Scotland and a further three in England. Two training centres were also opened in England to accommodate the growing demand for its training services.

The construction of the bespoke IRATA Rope Access training centre underscores QTS Training’s dedication to providing cutting-edge facilities to support practical learning experiences. Additionally, the inception of the QTS Rail Skills Academy has played a pivotal role in nurturing young talent and bridging skill gaps in the industry.

QTS Training has an experienced and passionate team, all of whom have played instrumental roles in the company’s success. Their dedication, expertise, and extensive knowledge of the industry has contributed to QTS Training’s position as a leader in the field. 

Lorna Gibson, Managing Director of QTS Training said: “Reaching this milestone is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our team, as well as the unwavering support of our clients and partners.

“We are so excited to continue our mission of nurturing talent, bridging the skills gaps, and delivering quality training solutions that drive success for the rail industry.

“Additionally, through our rope access centre, we extend our expertise to support a broader spectrum of sectors, empowering individuals with essential skills beyond rail, and contributing to safety and efficiency across various industries.”

Looking ahead, QTS Training plans to expand its trainer numbers and course offerings in England, together with a focus on providing Overhead Line training in Scotland. The company remains committed to investing in the development of new trainers and assessors, ensuring the continued delivery of high-quality training solutions.

QTS Training’s success is built on a foundation of innovation, quality, and dedication. By staying ahead of industry trends and leveraging cutting-edge technology, QTS Training ensures that its courses are relevant, engaging, and effective.

For more information about QTS Training and its range of training solutions, visit https://www.qtstrainingservices.co.uk/

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