MP Leo Docherty opens CISTC’s new training facilities

new training facilities

Today, CISTC is proud to unveil 6 new state-of-the-art training rooms situated in a second training complex at our construction training centre in Farnham, Surrey.

The facilities were officially opened by Leo Docherty, Minister for Defence People and Veterans and Aldershot MP and CISTC’s Managing Director John Whelan.

Leo Docherty has served as the Member of Parliament for Aldershot since 2017. He attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and was commissioned into the Scots Guards in 2001. He then served in Iraq and Afghanistan with the 1st Battalion Scots Guards and 16 Air Assault Brigade. As Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Defence People and Veterans) he is responsible for armed forces, veterans and civilian people policy.

After the opening and speeches, given by Mr Leo Docherty and Paddy Baines MBE, everyone enjoyed a light lunch. Leo was then given the opportunity to tour the rest of our training grounds and try his hand on one of our 360 excavators on our plant training field. Led by our expert trainer, Dimi Simicevas, he was able to see first-hand the quality of plant and training that we provide.

Following our recent signing of the Armed Forces Covenant, it is hugely important for us to demonstrate our respect and support for the Armed Forces Community. In recognition of this, we also invited some of our Natta personnel who are ex-military personnel to join us for the event.

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Leo Docherty said: “I was delighted to visit the Construction Industry Safety Training Centre and see the fantastic work they do in training and upskilling veterans.

“Employment and training is a key part of transitioning into civilian life and it was great to see the amazing work the centre does in helping those who have served.”

Managing Director John Whelan, also commented: “I want to thank Leo for officially opening our new training rooms today. I am proud that we are providing a centre of training excellence here at CISTC and that my vision for our training business is being realised. The expansion of our training centre will allow us to reach more candidates and improve the quality of training that we can offer.  We are excited to see the growth these new facilities will bring to the company and look forward to welcoming more candidates to CISTC.” 

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Our Facilities

At CISTC, we aim to provide the construction industry with the resources that are needed to drive forward our passion for learning and shared knowledge.

This also addresses the need within the UK’s construction industry to address the problem of bridging the skills gap. We need to attract more school leavers, students and veterans into the industry. As a CITB Approved Training Organisation, CISTC offers a wealth of accredited courses, designed for construction management, machine operatives and site operatives. Our extensive course list enables existing construction employees to keep their construction skills up-to-date and to progress within their careers. For veterans, school leavers and students the training will equip them with the skills needed to access a career in construction.

With this addition, our training centre now includes:


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