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Company History

Since 2006, we have been constantly evolving, changing to our customers needs and insisting on providing a better level of service to our clients. We're the market leaders in our specialist field and are 2nd to no one, please take some time and read about our companies history below.

2020 Throughout this year, we are running workshops in Hotels around London/Kent as part of our Lift Engineer Training Academy and helping people fast track into work and helping them start their own businesses.

2019 A series of employability courses for new trainee lift engineers were completed with 60% job outcomes. Development work for a new lift engineer training academy for people with transferable skills were also initiated.

2018 Enhanced recruitment functionality of our 'Find a Lift Engineer' with mini CV details available online.

2017 We have been approved for centre status under licence by the Nationwide Academy of Lift Ownershere (NALO) to deliver lift engineer safe examinations for lift operatives to prove their competence while working on lifts. NALO is the industries lift engineering awarding organisation set to award the Level 2 Lift Industry Standard 2426 Certificate of Validated Achievement. During this year we also revised and amended our lift engineer safe registration exam papers to include more detailed questions on the safe access & egress to lift machinery and registered over 130+ new candidates. New online checking and searching facilities for lift owners the Lift Engineer Safe Register.

2016 Following on from our successful completion of our 2015 contracts, we were again successful in winning a larger EU funded contract for the whole of 2016. This was to enable more job seekers to go into and find work with our support after recruiting and training 120+ new candidates. Companies benefited include Lift Specialists, Liftec Lifts, MKM Elevators, Murray Lift Services, PIP Lifts, The General Lift Company & Total Elevators. Companies that participated in the scheme benefited from £10,000 worth of funded training without cost.

2015 We were successful in winning 2 EU funded contracts for lift engineering training and employment support enabling some 60 new job seekers to train with us. Jobs were sourced with local employers including Apex Lifts, Direct Lifts Services, Emerald Elevators, Guideline Lifts, Ideal Elevators, Lift Specialists & Pickerings Lifts. Career pathways and NVQ advice and guidance were also given to all new TCD lift mates and improvers.

2014 A new direction for TCD where we are now in a position to bid for larger public funded training programmes. This enables lift employers to take advantage of specialists new lift engineer training without any cost. Our plan for 2014 and working with 2 match funders is worth £250k and will create 72 jobs for new lift apprentices, new lift mates and new lift improvers. We moved into larger offices at the Thames Innovation Centre and have incorporated new search facilities into our website.

2013 TCD graduated from the £10k funded British Library Innovation for Growth programme and also met with business entrepreneurs Nick Robertson from ASOS, Kathryn Parsons from Decoded and Nick Jenkins from We also bumped into HRH Prince Philip when he was visiting the Library and the Business and IP Centre. We carried out lift training to several colleges in London where 73 trainees received FREE lift training, together with older lift trainees being placed into work from our local job centre in Bexleyheath. New lift engineers e-Portfolio was incorporated into our website for easier submission of NVQ work.

2012 This saw our lift engineer recruitment centre grow to over 3,500 registered candidates covering competence levels from lift apprentices to lift testers to lift project mangers. Innovative search methods were incorporated with easy to view online and downloadable PDF's for busy lift employers. New web forms were embedded on website with hyper links on each CV directing the user to more information. Our recruitment centre covers the whole of the UK with easy to understand methods of recruiting new staff.

2011 TCD delivered our best trainee lift engineer workshop working alongside North West Kent College. There were 17 keen students who all registered with TCD and each received training over 3 different locations including a site visit to Barking based PEW Distributors. This training event was recorded and a film produced covering all work locations. The final film was put on the colleges website. We also carried out lift release training inside the Thames Barrier pods on the River Thames.

2010 TCD helped Lewisham College in promoting their electrical and mechanical apprentices to lift companies all over London. Presentations were delivered in college with practical fault finding training being delivered on a live lift control system with a VVVF drive system. Over 15 younger trainees all participated in this FREE pilot training event put on by TCD with lots of testimonials being recorded and put onto YouTube.

2009 Lift apprenticeships were promoted and new lift trainees were placed into work. Lift training was delivered and some work was funded by the governments Train to Gain contracts to help get Britain working, we were also endorsed as a consortium partner with NWK College. Continued networking with other business owners included members of BNI, BRX, TIC and Bexley Business Club, meetings were either early morning or late evening events.

2008 This was our busiest year when running our TCD lift engineers Health & Safety Training Workshops. Over 150 delegates benefited from this specialists training ranging from people already working in the lift industry and brushing up on their skills to others who were looking to obtain employment and needed basic lift training. Lift engineer tool box talks and safe access to both top of lift cars and lift pits were the foundation of the training, delegate packs were issued and lunch provided.

2007 A a move into a brand new building and own office space at the Thames Innovation Centre (TIC) in Erith, Kent. An award winning £8.2m 'Green Apple'' building, the TIC partner with Bexley Council, GLE and Trust Thamesmead. TCD benefited from using business consultants under the e-innovate programme and attending a range of free business workshops aimed at supporting SME's to help grow their own businesses who were based in the London Borough of Bexley.

2006 The birth of TCD based at the Belvedere Business Centre with nothing more than a few ideas and tons of drive and enthusiasm of getting the job done right first time and pleasing the lift employer to generate repeat business. Bespoke NVQ portfolios were designed and assessment plans were created in collaboration with EAL and LEIA.

  • British Library
  • ELA
  • Elevation Magazine
  • EU
  • LEIA
  • Job Centre Plus
  • Social Learning Centre
  • Lester Controls
  • NALO
  • PEW Electrical
  • Lottery Funded
  • Apex Lifts