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British Engines helps STEM drive with £100,000 TDR donation

An engineering group has donated £100,000 to a training provider to boost STEM learning in the region.

British Engines is supporting TDR.

Bosses say the cash will improve and consolidate TDR’s training facilities, including the development of a STEM conference centre for North East employers, as well as further support to charitable trust school programmes.

TDR is the main provider of the award-winning British Engines Apprenticeship+ scheme.

Recognised by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, it offers enhanced additional training with extra vocational and classroom experience.

Alan Wilson, TDR Training chief executive, said: “This is an incredible donation, and I am very grateful to British Engines for their continued support.

“We are immensely proud to provide training and apprenticeships to British Engines, having worked with them for many years, helping to develop not only their apprenticeship scheme, but also supporting their management team with career development.



“This donation will support our future to ensure TDR delivers STEM training to the needs of the North East workforce, ensuring we are at the forefront of technology.”

Since its inception in 1998, TDR – which is a people focused charitable trust supported by wholly owned training subsidiary TDR Training – has trained more than 5000 apprentices, including around 400 for the British Engines Group.

Ron Dodd, British Engines’ consultant (engineering), added: “While I was a managing director of British Engines in 1998, I, along with many others from industry, commerce and academia, formed TDR under a Tyneside TEC Initiative.

“Initially set up due to a lack of skilled engineers and scientists, TDR has made a significant impact promoting engineering and science by mentoring students and adults, providing scholarships and running schools programmes.

“This major investment is essential to keep ahead of the growing demands for a committed and skilled workforce at all levels.”

British Engines Group will celebrate its centenary year in 2022.