MP Leo Docherty opens CISTC’s 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.”
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.
Just completed my 5 day SMSTS course, a very informative and worthwhile course that covers a wide range of topics in... relation to site management and safety. Paul Green was an excellent trainer who made the course very interactive and genuine with lots of video content and interesting group work included. Highly recommend this course.read more
From start to finish the attention to detail, the information, content and the delivery was exceptional. Dimitri was a... first class instructor, everything was covered in great detail and nothing was too much trouble for him, the share of time equally between all the students and catering for everybody’s different needs and skill sets. The little tips that are given from the wealth of knowledge and experience that really makes a difference
The site is clean and tidy, well equipped plant, oh and the canteen is a bonus free tea coffee.
Anyone can start a business however CISTC know how to run a business and they do it very well and thats down to each and everyone of the employees!read more
SMSTS Course - This was quite an quite an intensive course with a lot of information to absorb in a short period but... the instructor did a great job of breaking down all the information and making sure all the relevant information was understood. A very enjoyable and informative course, worth doing.read more
I would like to express my sincere thanks for the course, the course was very informative especially as I had been in... the industry for over 40 years you never stop leaning. In some situations dyslexia manifests in me so reading questions in an exam environment becomes very difficult in order to overcome this problem I have to read out the questions aloud so special thanks goes to the instructor Paul in facilitating a means of overcoming my problem and subsequently passing the exam. Many thank to all at CISTC.read more
Completed my SSSTS refresher course today with CISTC remotely over a zoom call, this was very awkward at first but the... staff were so helpful, understanding and patient as we all worked together to make it as smooth of an experience as possible. Can't find any faults at all. The staff are very friendly and the course was very informative in the delivery, they made everyone feel at ease considering most of us were A not very good with technology and B quite apprehensive about having an exam, would recommend and look forward to my next course. Thank youread more
Recently completed the forward tipping dumper course at CISTIC and couldn't recommend them enough. From the moment I... arrived at the excellent facilities the trainers were friendly and helpful. The way the course is delivered makes it easy to digest and learn and gives confidence. Some of the best facilities I've been to for any training course as well which makes the test experience feel more real world, I will definitely go back for more trainingread more
I recently completed the SMSTS online , and I not only enjoyed the experience but also took away tons of practical... applications for my work. Our trainer, Paul Green, was a talented facilitator who kept us engaged in the virtual classroom and effectively guided us through a comprehensive curriculum. The course covered a number of useful frameworks and tools with interactive exercises, and I loved the focus on real world experiences shared by our instructor and my fellow learners to drive the concepts home. I highly recommend this course for anyone new to Site Management and for those familiar with the concepts but want to understand practical ways to implement it on the job with success. I look forward to doing more online courses with CISTC.read more
If only there were a 4 AND A HALF STAR option. Facilities are perfect, instructions are clear, Trainers and Testers... are, like everyone you'll see in the great cafeteria, very welcoming.
THIS IS RELEVANT because nobody likes the uncomfortable silence that comes of being an outsider, especially if you're fretting over an upcoming test. The staff (who, remember, won't see you next week after you've finished your course) chat to you like you're one of them. Feeling you're one of the workers really does help, it gets your mindset ready for the course and the test, KEEP THAT.
Why only 4 and a half stars?... I'll be brutally honest, it would go down further if certain office staff spent more time in the cafeteria. This review is written during the Covid times of mask wearing and, I hate to have to bring this up, too many of the office staff wander in and out WITHOUT A MASK despite everyone else complying with the notices (no doubt deemed necessary by someone in the offices!) to WEAR A MASK because it's a public place. While everyone else (people who work OUTSIDE AND AT DISTANCE) took off their masks to eat, these repeat offenders would leave their offices (high risk for virus contagion) and walk amongst the diners. My beef is that these diners, if infected by these people, will lose money and perhaps homes, while any infected office worker could probably work from home. I witnessed heated debates over this as rule-abiding groundworkers were simply smiled at and poo-poo'd by office based offenders. STOP THIS
Away from that unacceptable practice, I have NO criticism or complaint. Everything is so clear and easy to understand, spelled out simply, and the testers have common sense. If you're not safe, they won't pass you out into a dangerous environment with a certificate to get yourself in trouble but, if you're safe, they'll simply advise you on any areas you may need to improve on so you can take your pass cerificate into a job where you can keep learning the skills these excellent Trainers have set you up with.
If you're reading this in a mask-free world where CoVid is just a bad memory, this is a FIVE STAR REVIEWread more
I just completed a CAT & GENNY course, very impressed by the instructor (Mike) his knowledge, experience and teaching... skill was impeccable. What used to be a one day course (Too long) has been refined into a half day course without losing quality only gaining in engagement. I will certainly look for courses with CISTC in future. Thanks again!read more
in July i had my first training course which was held remotely vis Microsoft Teams, i was apprehensive and unsure... whether i would be able to get from the course what i need. i was very pleasantly surprised. it was a slow burner as all other attendees were unsure how it was going to play out, but as the course went on we all grew in confidence and we were comfortable with the "new normal" course style. there was more homework than if you attended but this was only to be expected.
the tutor Paul Green made us all feel at ease and managed to get accross the information necessary for us all to understand and be able to complete the course. there was sufficient time allowed for reviewing coursework and for general discussion regarding the course content. i feel far more comfortable if i need to take another remote course. Paul did a great job, the course was informative, educational, instructive, relaxed.
Paul, see you in 5 years time.
Just completed the street works course with Mick borner as our course instructor,
It's was a great course great... delivery from Mick throughout the week,
I will be recommending we book all our further courses here.
Thanks 👍read more
I done the a59 excavator. I am very satisfied, the course was very helpful in all sectors and the staff very helpful,... helping in all areas, nice facilities, from my own experience I recommend it. Very professional, great experience.read more
Had Paul Green as an instructor, top man apart from being a Bristol City fan.....we all have a cross to bear.
He made... sure we were all prepared for the test and we all had a laugh throughout which helped get us over the line.read more
Did my SMSTS with the CISTC - I think it was one of the first times the course had been taught on-line by the CISTC,... and appart from a couple of entirely undertandable queries with documentation, it was a good course and well taught. The course worked well, and the tutor ensured the group all contributed and learnt together. My only reservation (hence the four star rating instead of a 5 rating) is the GE700 course book which was supplied electronically and not as a hard copy as I'd expected. Great to have it loaded on my laptop, but most of the delegates found it harder to study, as you can't resize the font for ease of reading and the zoom function is best described as clunky (the original is an A4 book that has been scaled to fit the screen). Buying a hard copy direct from the CITB costs an additional £90.read more
Very happy with the whole experience here. The training was informative, intelligent and with a clear knowledge of how... the construction industry actually works. Facilities excellent, free coffee, tasty canteen, fresh rolls etc.
Their price was fair, industry standard. Flexible training as required. Well worth a callread more
Good communication and supportive with any questions the group had.
Piratical tasks were fun and was good to put you... outside your normal comfort zone.
Stuart was clear with instructions and went over everything clearly.read more
Carried out Excavator and Dumper tests for all staff and very happy with the service from start to finish. Elliot was... very helpful and will be using as our training provider for all our training needs in the future.read more
Stuart is an excellent trainer. He has an immense amount of knowledge and delivered the 5 day online SMSTS course with... a good deal of humour thrown in, which put us all at ease! I was totally out of my comfort zone doing the course online (I am a technophobe) but with Stuart's patience and understanding, I got there.read more
The course was enjoyable as well as informative. The only problems were a few connection issues on the Teams app, which... is to be expected. Would recommend to anyone looking to do SMSTS onlineread more
Due to the current Covid 19 restriction the SMSTS 5 Day Course has been adapted by CISTC in order to deliver a remote... learning course through Microsoft Teams. Despite being a first for all concerned, the course was excellent. The instructor Stuart delivered the course with great insight and used a range of teaching styles to engage all the participants in order to cover the large volume of K/U within the course. The only issue with the course was electronic textbooks having to be provided opposed to paper text books but this was a result of the circumstance. I would certainly recommend online training courses from CISTC, particularly to companies based in rural / remote locations.read more
I had my CPCS dumper training here which consisted of a day of training and then my test. I was very pleased with the... training I received, Stuart ensured I had all of the information I needed to pass both my theory and practical tests first time. If I need any further training in the future I would not hesitate to come here again.read more
I’ve just completed my Appointed Person A61 recently with Stuart who was very helpful and also a professional. I found... the methods used in the training really good he made it easy to understand and made the course very enjoyable and interesting.read more
I have just completed and passed the AP lifting course , i would like to thank Stuart for his patience and for... delivering the course in a way that made it very interesting and informative and with the occasional laugh along the way. Despite having a lot of information to take in over a short time , at no point did i feel over loaded , the course was very well structured and Stuart is very knowledgeable and helpful.. The facilities were also first class and the canteen supplied really good fresh cooked food. i would highly recommend CISTC for any upcoming training .read more
I recently attended a Construction Health & Safety Awareness course and despite being the only female in the room was... made to feel very comfortable. The course content was informative and interesting and the delivery by Stuart was excellent.read more
Done my twin drum roller with dimi lovely man and taught me very well thanks to him I passed first time.
Done my 10t... above excavator and lifting ops had several trainers one being Danny good instructor and easy going they were all good at teaching me new things.Had Stuart for my test a very good examiner and very fair thanks all passed it first time.
Done my operatives street works this week and must say thanks to Mick he made a week long course interesting and a laugh great instructor with good sense of humour he presented the course very well thanks Mick.
Would recommended using this company excellent facilities friendly staff and the know there stuff thanks allread more
Facilities are excellent, admin staff and trainers are very helpful and friendly. Trainers have a good range of... experience and knowledge in what they are teaching. Definitely will be using CISTIC again for further training.read more
Great facility and trainers. I’ve just completed my Streetworks Supervisor course and it was really well done. Mick was... spot on and massively knowledgeable. We will be doing a lot more training through CISTC.read more
Completed my 360 a month or so ago on a weeks course. Had Danny on day 1 for theory that was well thought out and... explained. For the vast majority of the practical training I had Deano. He was tip top, adapted his training methods for different learners, got you over ready for the test so you were able to go in confident. All round great experience with quality staff! Bring pocket money for the canteen, good grub there...
Keith Porterread more
Excellent facilities and friendly environment. We attended the NRSWA 1 day course (signing and guarding) with Mick... Borner. Extremely useful day. Mick was really helpful and clearly very experienced in this field (and lots of others!). Part classroom and part practical, just the right balance. We will definitely be coming back to CISTC to carry out more training in the future.read more
Having just completed several courses with CISTC I can definitely say they are a great company to train... with.
Flexible, friendly & have fitted us in on a tight schedule to get our certifications done for experienced staff to start a new job with a larger construction firm.
Thanks guys, will be back soon i'm sure to continue building up our skill base.
Owner - Stripe Gardensread more
Brilliant training from Stu not just running through boring questions and answers, but genuine teaching of health and... safety and experience and stories that will make you remember the risks at all times.
100% recommendedread more
I'm on my fourth test with them and I would like to say that all the trainers are great especially Dima and Danny, and... the facility is also great as well.
I would also like to say that Georgia has also been very helpful Everytime I needed anything.read more
Stuart Made my experience so much easier to cope with during my lifting ops it was a really enjoyable experience with... an at ease atmosphere with free parking and coffee facilities thanks Stuart for a great experienceread more
Trainer Steward’ s knowledge of the training subject (traffic marshal and Banksman) was beyond my expectations. The... group received very good theoretical and practical training. Information gained was more than the main course subject. Very good approach to students. Steward shared his experience and revealed some tricks that really helps out working within construction site. Honest and big thank to him.
Just finished Traffic Banksman Course run by Stuart Shuttleworth - fantastic insight from his vast personal experience... and thoroughly enjoyable course ensuring everyone was fully involved. 100% recommendedread more
My second visit now once for my crane and now digger ticket and passed both first time due to the staff who are very... helpful and will be returning very soon would recommend to everyone many thanks to all the staffread more
I’ve just completed my Appointed Person A61 with CISTC recently with Stuart who was very helpful and also a... professional. I found the treating technique and methods used in the training really good and makes it easy to understand.
I’ve also done my slinger signaller training through Danny Sullivan in 2018 in the same facility and was as good.
.Fantastic customer service and friendly stuff
.Nice and clean canteen, and great service.
.Training centre feels like home, it’s well managed, and fully equipped.
I also wanna thank Elliot for sorting all this out, who was very helpful, and transparent. Defiantly Coming back for more training.....read more
Completed my AP course there recently with Stuart as a trainer. Excellent course and thank you for all the help... throughout Stuart. I would definitely recommend. Thanks again. We also use CISTC to book our training and Elliot and all the team are so helpfulread more
I was made to feel really at ease during both of my ride on roller and forward tipping dumper tests at CISTC Training... Centre.
Thank you very much dima for my great training and even bigger thanks to the tester, Stuart, what a great guy!read more
Excellent test centre.
Did my site safety plus there.
Great welfare facility's/Parking.nice canteen (lovely breakfast)...
Nice down to earth people training you and not someone reading from a script.
Will be doing my SMSTS training there soon
Thank you again Stuart!
Anthony Wentworthread more
Fantastic company to train with , their facility is top notch and the trainers know what their talking about 100% would... recommend CISTC to any one thinking of taking any of the course I've just completed my dumper ticket with them will be heading back soon to do my roller.read more
Stuart smashes it as a trainer, straight to the point, no beating around the bush. Great example videos shown... throughout the course.
Will definitely recommend Stuart as a trainer and CISTC is a good training centre.
Kareem Cloudenread more
Very friendly staff, helpful, facilities was very good,
Overall really recommend this place if you wish to do a course... and get the correct training.
Elliot and Stuart was a great help!
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