Skills Training Centre - who are we?

At Skills Training Centre, we provide a comprehensive range of quality, cost effective short courses and qualifications to local authorities and private sector organisations.

We provide a reactive and professional response to training requests and our flexibility allows us to accommodate last-minute requirements as well as those booked in advance.

We are experienced in assisting with the implementation of organisation-wide training plans and we’ll work with you to ensure the training you receive meets your needs and exceeds your expectations.

Our training centre is based in North London but we can also offer most of our courses on site at your own premises, provided you have access to the appropriate equipment and facilities.

What we do

The courses we provide are current and relevant to the sector, offer great value for money and are delivered to extremely high standards. Our instructors are professional and experienced in their respective fields. They consider the individual needs of each learner, taking their different skills, abilities and experience into account.

Our sales team are helpful and knowledgeable and will guide you through the range of options available to match you with the most appropriate solution for your organisation and your staff.

We offer over 400 courses across a range of areas; click on the links below to explore the full range of courses in each sector:

Our history

Skills Training Centre was established in late 2004 and started trading as a limited company on 1 April 2005. As a team we started life long before that as part of a local authority, delivering skills training to front line staff.

Tim Bottoms originally established a Training Unit at Dawes Lane Mill Hill in 1988, specialising in Grounds Maintenance. This soon expanded to include all aspects of local authority front line staff and the unit moved to Mill Hill Depot in 1995. Paul Buey joined Tim in 1996 and the unit grew steadily over the next 10 years, improving the Street Works facility and adding an underground Confined Space facility. It was around this time that they began to offer training to other local authorities and private sector organisations as well.

Since 2005 we have grown from a team of five, to a team of 22 and have quadrupled our turnover. Several of our trainers are employed by the company and we have over 200 peripatetic trainers with a huge range of expertise that we can call on to deliver our courses.

Our values 

Values serve as a code of conduct and shape the overall atmosphere of a company, giving potential customers and employees a feel for the environment. We set our original values back in 2004 and as a great deal has changed over the past 19 years, we recently decided to update our values to ensure they still reflect the true identity of our company.

We believe that safety is everyone's responsibility. We put this before profit and at the heart of everything we do.

Honesty and Integrity
We work openly, honestly, and fairly with all our customers and each other.

Our Team, Our Strength
We value our staff and encourage their development.

We aim to exceed expectations for both customers and each other. We give maximum effort from beginning to end.

Customer Satisfaction
We aim to provide exceptional customer service and act in the best interest of the customer at all times.

We treat everyone with care and consideration, supporting all with dignity and respect.

Our facilities

In 2016 our offices were relocated to our current home in North London Business Park, New Southgate, and a year later we were able to bring the training rooms and NRASW facility under the same roof as well.

Our modern training facilities ensure that our learners receive the best training in a comfortable and welcoming environment. Our facilities comprise:

  • Three large training rooms
  • A purpose-built NRSWA facility
  • A large outdoor area for courses with a practical element
  • Coming this year - we’re adding a purpose-built Confined Space facility to City & Guilds standards
  • An on-site café, where you can purchase food and drink
  • A pay and display car park is available on-site, or you may be able to secure free parking on the street

Our accreditations

LANTRA is the leading provider of training and qualifications for land-based industries across the UK and Ireland. We’re an accredited LANTRA centre, which means we’re approved to deliver LANTRA courses to our delegates.

Driver CPC
Driver CPC is a qualification that all LGV and PCV drivers must hold. There is an initial qualification for new drivers and periodic training for existing drivers. We’re an approved Driver CPC Centre and offerthe period training courses both online and in person.

City & Guilds
We offer many C&G courses. City & Guilds deliver work-based learning programmes that build competency and support better prospects for people and organisations.

The Highways and Construction Training Association (HCTA) promotes a uniform and high-quality approach to training and assessment services to the highways and construction industries. EORS - the Equipment Operators Registration Scheme - is an HCTA-approved scheme and something we offer for a wide range of plant and equipment.

NPORS is one of the leading national accreditation bodies in the UK. As an NPORS accredited centre, we offer a range of NPORS courses relating to lift trucks, cranes, earthmoving machinery, assessing equipment and more.

The Water Jetting Association
The Water Jetting Association (WJA) is a trade association representing contractors, manufacturers, hirers and other organisations that have a professional and commercial interest in high-pressure water jetting. As an accredited WJA centre, we offer a range of courses in the areas of health and safety, drain and sewer cleaning, surface cleaning, pressure washing and more.

We hold SafeContractor accreditation status. SafeContractor delivers a tailored health and safety accreditation that allows companies to showcase their capabilities to potential customers.

We're an accredited member with Constructionline, holding Silver Membership, which we gained by meeting the SSIP registration standards as well as the PAS 91 requirements. This is a strong indicator that we are able to demonstrate high levels of health and safety management and apply best practice within the work environment.

What our customers say about us...

“Skills Training Centre offer courses that are effective, informative and efficient in their delivery. We have been working with them for almost 15 years and they are a pleasure to deal with. The thoroughness in their approach and communication is unrivalled and they are a reliable and trustworthy business to work with. We will be working with STC for years to come!”

“The team at Skills Training Centre have been a pleasure to work with. They are professional, friendly, efficient and experts in their field. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them!”

“Skills Training Centre is a professional and friendly business offering a diverse range of training courses. With a great team of people on hand to help you through the process, we would happily recommend them! The training provided recently was amazing and the staff at the centre are super friendly - we will be booking more training shortly!”

Find out more about the training we offer, discover insights into our business and get in touch if you’d like to chat to one of our friendly and knowledgeable team members about your training needs…

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