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After training some 1,500+ people since 2006, we have built up 100's of online and written testimonials from both trainee lift engineers and employers/organisations connected with the lift and escalator industry. More recently we have been able to supply new lift mates and improvers and access funding in the region of £12k per candidate we supply who have used our professional services.

Take a moment to read just some of our testimonials and feedback below.

"I’d recommend them to any lift engineering installer who needs their certificates."...

I used Training Centre Direct to work with me to get my NVQ level 2 in installing platform lifting equipment. The advice and support they gave me was very well received and helped me to achieve my qualification in a minimal amount of time by visiting me onsite.

They handled all the paperwork required and kept in close contact with me throughout the whole process.

We have since signed up another platform lift engineer on the course and he has also completed his NVQ2 in under 4 months.

I would highly recommend them to anyone who wants their NVQ level 2 completed without any fuss.

Chris Peberdy
Installations Supervisor (Axess4all)

“11 of our lift engineers completed their training and passed without any problems.”

Liftout would like to thank Training Centre Direct for providing an excellent and efficient service to our engineers during their ‘Basic Lift Safety’ EOR/202 training modules. They were always helpful and at hand to offer any guidance/advice directly to our Lift Engineers by telephone at any time.

Bill Lidsey
Director (Liftout)

“The NVQ3 programme is very well run meeting the flexible needs of our company and being highly motivated to finish.”

Lift Specialists would like to thank TCD for their continual support in meeting our training needs. They keep us up to date with regular reports and updates allowing us to follow the progression of our Lift Engineers through the programme they simple provide hassle free and professional training.

Ian Stephens
Managing Director (Lift Specialists)

“We partnered with them, helped younger people get into our trade and ran a successful advertising campaign.”

Plaistow Electrical Wholesalers are proud to be supporting Training and Innovation in the Lift Industry. We’re continually supporting Training Centre Direct in their endeavours to promote ‘Apprentice Lift Engineers’ into the trade as the ‘Lift Engineers Of Tomorrow’ - between both companies we have facilitated student visits to our premises to give these young learners an insight into the trade.

Jason Clark (Director)
PEW Electrical

“In the last couple of years we’ve worked with TCD, there’s been a marked improvement in our engineers ability.”

Our staff are much more interested and we feel that we’ve turned a corner in this process and are happy that our people are getting their certification in an efficient time scale with Training Centre Direct. I’d recommend TCD to anybody as our working relationship has at all times been positive.

Mark Lomas (Service Director)
Apex Lifts

“TCD have uplifted our students aspirations in starting a career in the lift industry and have arranged interviews with employers.”

I think I speak for everyone in my class in that were overjoyed with TCDs input and encouragement of how they’re helping our students take the next step in employment in the Lift Industry as an apprentice Lift Engineer.

They’ve taken all our students through an in depth explanation of career options in the Lift Trade (with salary expectations), supplied them with easy to understand lift control panel fault finding training and even arranged a site visit to a specialised ‘Lift Product Supplier’ business the value of their input must run into thousands of pounds and they done all this free of charge to help our students.

Ron Smith (Head of Engineering)
Lewisham College

“They are just genuinely passionate about apprentice lift engineering training.”

We have been involved with and helped Training Centre Direct to promote ‘Lift Apprenticeships’ in the trade through our industry contacts. Their enthusiasm is infectious, their knowledge is vast and there’re there to help.

Ish Buckingham (Editor)
Elevation Magazine

“The training only took 1 day and I learnt many valuable safety techniques.”

Apollo Lifts worked with Training Centre Direct to undertake the ‘Health & Safety Training’ relevant to passenger lifts. The ‘Tool Box Talks’ was very informative as were the handouts and the centre was very well equipped.

Terry Burnett (Operations Manager)
Apollo Lifts

“I’ve probably saved upwards of £4000 per year on each apprentice lift engineer I employ.”

I run a small lift company and costs are imperative to be kept under control. We discovered Training Centre Direct only by chance but are extremely impressed by how they run the Lift Apprenticeship Scheme and this doesn't cost me a penny.

Alan Bailey (Director)
Baileys Lifts

“Within 30 minutes, I completely understood the fundamentals of lift safety.”

Shepherds Bush Housing Association found the practical demonstrations very useful and all the staff at Training Centre Direct were very knowledgeable on their subject.

Anil Pandey (Building Services Manager)
Shepherds Bush Housing Group

“The training workshop I attended has saved me thousands of pounds.”

Pittville Property Services were delighted with the workshop that Training Centre Direct conducted in that we’re now able to undertake surveys ourselves and operate the lift safely.

Paul French (Building Surveyor)
Pittville Property Services

“Using just 1 technique will significantly reduce the likelihood of a workplace accident.”

Lerch Bates decided to work with Training Centre Direct as they provided a comprehensive agenda on ‘Lift Safety’ which I found very useful as I started out my training in the Lift Industry all staff were extremely helpful.

Melanie Walker (Senior Consultant)
Lerch Bates

“We managed to save £££’s by repeating what we’d learnt to the rest of our staff..”

We were recommended to attend a Lift Health & Safety Course run by Training Centre Direct as we needed save money over unnecessary expenditure. Our senior Lift Engineer was impressed with the delivery and content of the training on the day. A great deal of networking was also carried out and it was beneficial to talk to other engineers in the lift trade on the course that we otherwise would never have got to meet. Good Course, Good Content & Good Staff.

Terry McArdle (Director)
Grimsby Lifts

“These workshops really help to reduce accidents whilst working on passenger lifts.”

On behalf of the Orona Group, I’m pleased to report that we’ve used Training Centre Direct to run a number of workshops. We have found that these run very well and have a clear and concise format. I would also like to say that the hospitality is of an exceptionally high standard and the company as a whole is just easy to do business with.

Steve Webb (South London Service Manager)

“We have increased our working efficiencies as a result of their approach.”

We are pleased to have been introduced to Training Centre Direct all those years ago as we’ve seen an increase in staff production in getting our jobs done that bit quicker which adds to our bottom line. Since our first encounter with them we have put both our Lift Engineers on the NVQ programme and have also put our subcontract Lift Engineers through their Lift Health & Safety Training Workshop which has been very well received.

Peter Selby (Director)
Chertsey Elevators

“The best £300 I’ve ever spent on a short course.”

I attended Training Centre Directs course on behalf of Suffolk Mental Health Partnership and were able to demonstrate the safe lift release procedures competently with minimal investment.

Barry Chapman (Facilities Manager)
Suffolk Mental Health Partnership

“We’ve seen an increase in productivity by working with them in the last 18 months.”

We had spoken to other training providers but were taken back by the experience and motivation of the staff at Training Centre Direct. We have current Lift Engineers working towards their NVQ and are more than satisfied with the feedback and reports we receive, we simply leave everything to them.

Keith Ford (Director)
Skyline Elevators

“We managed to cut overheads of £1800 as a direct result of attending the workshop.”

I was very pleased with the training workshop that Training Centre Direct provided and I was able to demonstrate the techniques learnt on the course to other members of staff working at The Eadmund Residential Care Home.

Harold Hare (Engineering Manager)
The Eadmund

“It was beneficial to learn the fundamentals of lift safety and this will save us money.”

I was introduced to Training Centre Direct when our client needed to finish his training to become fully qualified and were overwhelmed with the amount of help we received. We have an ongoing relationship and are planning to work together more closely to get people back into work.

Jonny Why (Lead Training Advisor)
FTC Training

“The lift training fitted our needs exactly and all 5 of our staff were more than satisfied with TCD.”

After searching for lift training providers using the internet, we decided to go with Training Centre Direct as they had all the answers to our problems. The training we received was precisely what we were seeking and everything ran smoothly on the day. The staff we spoke to during and after the course were very knowledgeable with Lift Safety.

David Price (Housing Officer)
Wrekin Housing Trust

“I find TCD not only affordable and accommodating, but also very professional.”

Bromdale Lifts were more than satisfied with Training Centre Directs approach to Lift Training and they’ve also assisted us with Lift Engineer Recruitment, we’re happy to recommend to others.

Martin Collis (Director)
Bromdale Lifts

“TCD worked hard to get our 2 engineers through their NVQ2 and were very helpful.”

We signed up with Training Centre Direct after hearing how they helped other lift companies and their engineers achieve NVQ accreditation. We were not disappointed and would highly encourage others in the trade to talk directly with them.

Linda Barratt (Director)
Ascendit Lifts

“I have worked with TCD and have no regrets, they’re simply 2nd to none.”

The Direct Lift Company have worked with TCD in the NVQ training of our Lift Engineer Improver and I will not hesitate to use them again.

Dave Embling (Director)
Direct Lift Company

“I have no problems in using TCD for this type of training again as they clearly know their industry.”

The course covered all aspects of what we were looking for including Health & Safety, British Standards and the many different Regulations. The trainer and organiser were extremely helpful and the general discussions throughout the day were constructive and informative.

Denise Hill (Electrical Services Manager)
Hackney Homes

“After hearing many positive comments within the lift industry, we decided to use TCD for our new lift mate recruitment needs.”

Abbey Liftcare has used Training Centre Direct when trying to fill for a new lift mate/improver position we had vacate. Several candidates were put forward by them and they handled all the interviews leading to us employing Darren, our new lift mate/improver without cost.

Mark Harding (Lift Installation Manager)
Abbey Liftcare

“They go over and above board to meet our companies needs of our 9 lift engineers.”

Metro Lifts have been working very closely with Training Centre Direct for several years in order for all our Lift Engineers to meet the standards of the NVQ. We’ve also put all our staff through the 1 day ’Lift Safety’ workshop where this has helped us to work more safely and highlight risks with the lift equipment.

Steve Mallett (Director)
Metro Lifts

“We can now increase revenues as we’re able to undertake our own risk assessments.”

Hiwire Lift Services attended a recent Training Day and we were highly impressed with the content and delivery throughout.

Steve Cyster (Senior Lift Engineer)
Hiwire Lift Services

“The onsite lift release training we received was exactly what we were looking for.”

East End Homes contracted with Training Centre Direct to deliver some practical Lift Training and we were not disappointed. The Lift Trainer was very knowledgeable and the delivery of the whole project exceeded our expectations.

Keith Davis (Tenant Housing Officer)
East End Homes

“TCD were always very efficient, capable and kept their promises.”

Alpha Lift Engineering Services Ltd decided to use Training Centre Direct after a personal recommendation. We put both our Lift Engineers through the training programme and will highly recommend them to others in the Lift Trade.

Martyn King (Director)
Alpha Lifts

“TCD were very supportive in helping our lift engineers with their NVQ3 award.”

Both partners at Direct Lift Services were more than pleased to have been working with Training Centre Direct over the past few years in achieving NVQ Certification. This would not have been possible without the additional help they provided for us.

Peter Owen (Director)
Direct Lift Services

“We will continue to use TCD for all our future NVQ lift training requirements.”

On behalf of Technical Elevator Services I confirm the very important and valuable service provided to our company by Training Centre Direct. We particularly like the professional, comprehensive & courteous manner in which all training sessions are conducted.

Mark Corrigan (Regional Director)
Technical Elevator Services

“We find that the staff at TCD have an excellent understanding of our lift needs.”

All out Lift Engineers at Invicta Lifts have used Training Centre Direct for help with their NVQ portfolios and at each occasion it’s been a pleasure to deal with them.

Mark Eveleigh (Director)
Invicta Lifts

“My salary increased to over £35,000 per year as soon as I became qualified.”

Training Centre Direct helped me with my NVQ and significantly speeded up the process by carrying out onsite observations. This helped to reduce the time involved and they even took care of most of the cross referencing to the NVQ standards for me.

Alan Pocock (Chief Engineer)
Office Depot

“We’ve saved at least 40% of our time in going direct to the training centre.”

The salvation Army commissioned Training Centre Direct to help us with our ‘Emergency Passenger Lift Release’ training needs and were delighted with the course content. The hand winding procedures were particularly helpful.

Jenni Hunt (Tenant Housing Officer)
Salvation Army

"They know there stuff."...

Rob was very helpful in giving me advice on apprenticeships in the lift engineering industry. I can recommend him to any organisation considering taking on apprentices.

Simon Morgan (Director)
The HR Dept

"I never knew that this industry ever existed"

I've known Rob for a couple of years. His Lift Training Centre is great. He's always keen to help people raise their expectations & standards. His motivation and enthusiasm for his Lift Training Company is impressive. He also has a very good marketing strategy to help grow his Company.

Constance Lamb (Founder)
Public Speaking Consultant for Executives

"A really approachable company that you'll be in safe hands"

I enjoyed working with Rob and found his traiing method informative and refreshing. The Material provided and works covered were done in a timely and efficient manner. This is important as we don't have lots of spare time for training as we run a business. We will be recommending Rob Hughes to other companies as he offers value and support for after care.

Les Guest (Lift Consulting Engineer)
LCG Lift Consultancy

"A long standing member of the lift training industry that we can depend on"

We have used TCD on a few occassions. They have always provided the required services at a competitive price. They are prepared to discuss and come up with solutions to particular training needs.

James Palmer (Contracts and Health and Safety Manager)
21st Century Lifts Ltd

"TCD supports the Lift Industry"

Rob is highly dedicated to the Lift Industry and the training of lift engineers. The main focus of this training is assisting engineers to gain NVQ qualifications and specifically the EOR 202 qualification which includes a one day Health & Safety workshop which we run together. Rob is always looking to develop new ideas and has now placed a database on his website of Lift Engineers who are looking for work and Lift Company's who are looking for new engineers, which is proving very successful in getting the right people into the right companies. I would thoroughly endorse Rob and TCD as the best place to go to for Lift Engineering training.

Ray Lane (Lift Health & Safety Advisor)
Health & Safety Enrichment

"They helped us when others wouldn't"

Rob has risen to the height our company expected, our engineers have gained additional health & safety training and are much more aware. We will continue to use TCD in the future.

David Sell (Sales Director)
Technical Elevator Services

"TCD helps lift companies grow"

Rob runs a class organization, and is very detail-oriented and conscientious in the projects he is working on. He is quite knowledgeable and able to offer valuable insight into the UK lift industry. He is an excellent resource and very generous with his time, knowledge, and efforts to help others.

Rob Wurth (Sales & Business Development Manager)

"I've seen first hand how TCD helps younger people get lift jobs"

I have worked alongside Rob on a various projects. He is articulate, self motivated and hard-working at achieving results. Rob is an expert in lift engineering and makes an otherwise dull subject interesting, due mainly to his charismatic approach to doing business. I would not hesitate to recommend his services to others.

James Stockdale (CEO)

"They can take care of everything and make certification easy"

I worked with Rob carring out lift release training for the environment agency at the Thames Barrier. I would recommend Training Centre Direct for all your training needs because I know Robs training is 2nd to none.

Mark Berry (Director)
Concept Lifts

"I've never seen a company like this before"

Rob is a very enthusiastic dedicated and efficient professional and is quick to grasp the essence of success in his organisation

Tony Lyons (Partner)

"TCD is a very innovative forward thinking company"

Rob bends over backwards to bring the best possible service to his clients. He loves what he does and it shows. He is conscientious and service-oriented and completely client-focussed.

Lesley Anne Rubenstein (Founder)
LAR Consultancy

"Their company supports lift employers with lift recruitment and lift NVQ's."

I've known Rob for many years and I would highly recommend him and his services, he takes a very logical approach to work and conduct himself in a professional manner.

Lee Lines (Director)
Lift Works

"We need more of these companies around to help our new trainee lift engineers"

I would certainly recommend Training Centre Direct simply because there're always approachable and always on hand, because of Rob his subject knowledge being very specific to the lift industry.

It really does give a one stop shop solution to the lift apprenticeship.

Scott Wilkins (Head of Engineering)
North West Kent College

"I would recommend TCD to any company or individual that wants to do their level 3 lift installation course"

Training Centre Direct has been really helpful to me in finishing my level 3 lift installation course, they come out on site on a regular basis to view the progress made.

Dwight Sayers
Lift Specialists

"I attended a couple of their Lift Health & safety Training Workshops and this helped me on lift safety whilst working on site"

Training Centre Direct are really helpful, they helped me with my NVQ level 3 on lift service & repair, they also helped me on my cross referencing in order for me to finish.

Marc Duplock
Apex Lifts

"They can't help you enough"

I've finished my NVQ level 3 for lift engineering, as they were always there if I had any problems

Dean Embling
Direct Lift Company

"I'd highly recommend TCD to any lift company."

Training Centre Direct have helped me get my lift qualification in a relatively short space of time, they have come out to site many times and have assisted me with my portfolio and given me good guidance.

Michael Assemakis
MSA Lifts

"I'd really recommend them to any company who's like to do lift training.

Training Centre Direct helped me with my lift engineer qualification, they came onsite many times and helped me with my cross referencing and portfolio building.

Alfio Sapuppo
Orton Lifts & Escalators

"It's very informative."

Here at TCD, I've been learning about the basics of lift engineering and any maintenance and electrical engineering in that industry.

David Latchford
College Apprentice

"This is a really good company to help you with lift training and employment."

I really enjoyed my time with Training Centre Direct and liked learning about the many different types of lift equipment used

Josh Jarvis
College Apprentice

"It has been extremely helpful."

During my time with Training Centre Direct, I have gained a lot of information about the lift apprenticeship during and after which I have found extremely useful.

James Bradbrook
College Apprentice

"It was very good."

Training Centre Direct has been very good, they came in and gave me a very good insight about the lift industry.

Peter Luu
College Apprentice

"This has really appealed to me after completing the course."
This has been a good experience for me because it has shown me a bit more of the lift industry with more experience and an idea of what I want to do now.

Charlie Ruler
College Apprentice

"I thought it was a good experience."
Training Centre Direct help me and showed me lots of different aspects of lift engineering. I learnt about lift pits and motorooms that I didn't know before.

Jake Winfiled
College Apprentice

"I've benefited from seeing all the different things that they do here."
It was really good to get out of college and see things as it's actually happening, see where it's coming from with the parts and components that get sent to all the different lift companies.

Will Rinaldi
College Apprentice

"What I learnt was the different types of wires used in lift shafts."
I thought Training Centre Direct was quite interesting, as I'm studying electrical engineering at college, it was enjoyable looking at the different parts and components.

Tristram Williams
College Apprentice

"The day has been an eye opener as you don't realise how much work goes in behind the scenes."
The training course put on by Training Centre Direct was very informative and it's helped me to realise about new career that I didn't even know existed.

Daniel Windsor
College Apprentice

"I'd recommend them to anyone else."
I very glad I finished my NVQ level 2 with Training Centre Direct as they were very helpful with regular reviews and really helpful.

Ryan Ayling
College Apprentice

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