Scunthorpe training services company switches focus as it relaunches after 50 years

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 21 Nov 2018

A Scunthorpe training company which had faced potential closure after a damaging Ofsted report threatened its funding streams, has relaunched with a new focus.

NLT Training Services will now offer specialised manufacturing and engineering training which matches the needs of businesses.

The company, which is based on Ashby Road, aims to help employees develop the varied skills they need to succeed and solve any skills shortages that employers have.

It had operated as an apprenticeship training provider for the last 50 years, but will now be focusing on commercial training programmes instead.

Chief executive Sarah Templeton, who came into the business after it was found to be inadequate, said: "This is a time of transformation for NLT.

Sarah Templeton, chief executive of NLT Training (Image: NLT Training Services)

"Although it is early days, we are have a strong team and are building our commercial training offering to reflect the ever-diversifying needs of businesses.

"We also want to give something back to businesses, so we are looking at developing a bursary to help more people enter the industry in order to address the skills problem."

A takeover of the business by Nottingham-based specialist manufacturing training provider WEBS was agreed back in February, but was shelved in tragic circumstances when one of the key parties passed away.

It had worked with NLT for a number of years, with their respective chief executives sitting on each other’s boards. It had an Ofsted 'good' rating, which met the requirements of the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

Following this, NLT took the decision not to offer apprenticeship training as a result, opting to build on the "strong commercial side," restructuring as a purely commercial training provider.

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According to research, skills shortage is an increasing problem in the UK workplace. A study by Open University said three in five firms claim that the skill shortage has worsened in the last year.

The study also found 91 per cent of employers believed lack of available talent was affecting their business.

For more information on the courses offered by the company, visit its website at

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