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A new purpose built training facility with dedicated deep water pool

Full STCW, MCA and offshore approved and mandated courses

Clyde Training Solutions is a unique centre of excellence dedicated to the delivery of mandatory and industry enhancing offshore, oil & gas and maritime training courses – making it the only one of its kind in Central and Lowland Scotland.

This is the latest in the range of services offered by The Clyde Group and builds upon existing services provided by Clyde Marine Training, which has been providing industry recognised and certified training courses for marine personnel since 2005 as part of its Short Courses division, in addition to its core function of being the No.1 training provider for the British Merchant Navy, recruiting approximately 50% of the annual Trainee Officer intake.

The success of the Short Courses division, however, in terms of volume of delegates and courses led to the creation of this purpose built training centre in Clydebank, the heartland of Scotland’s shipbuilding past, present and future.

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The centre offers basic to advanced courses for both marine and oil & gas sectors and is certified to deliver full STCW, MCA and offshore approved and mandated courses, all under the same roof!

The centre has also gained Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organisation (OPITO) certification for a number of Offshore Survival Training courses, with many more to follow.  A full list can be found by visiting Our OPITO Offshore Survival Training course page

Specialist courses which require specific simulation equipment to deliver realistic real-life scenarios are provided on-site. These courses utilise the following equipment:

- Deep-water training pool
- HUET (Helicopter Underwater Escape Training)
- Fire training ground complete with module training stack
- Helideck, complete with multiple foam monitors and access points

We believe all of this establishes the facility as being the leader in its field that can influence and enhance competency standards.

As well as the training side of things there's also a kitchen on-site serving hot meals - we really have thought of everything.

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Clyde Training Solutions key personnel

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Colin McMurray – Clyde Training Solutions Director

Colin’s career began with BP Shipping Ltd where he started as a Deck Cadet before rising through the ranks to become 2nd Officer. After working as Chief Officer and Fleet Training Officer with Seacat Fast Ferries for around five years before joining Clyde Marine Training in 2004 and subsequently becoming General Manager before moving to Managing Director in 2008. Colin is a Fellow of IMarEST and a past President of the Scottish Shipping Benevolent Association, sitting on the Board of Trustees for the Sailor Society and Glasgow Humane Society. As a leading industry figure, Colin is also a member of the MNTB Main Board, City of Glasgow College Board of Management, and the Industry Leadership Group for Aerospace, Defence and Marine.

Gareth Mathias – General Manager

Gareth started in the Marine Industry over 20 years ago, beginning with his Cadetship in 1995 on large containerships, operating worldwide with P&O Containers, which subsequently became P&O Nedlloyd then Maersk Line. As a Navigating Officer Gareth rose through the ranks from Cadet to Chief Officer until he left Maersk Line in 2010 to pursue a career in the Oil and Gas industry. Gareth started with Dolphin Drilling on anchored Semi-Submersible Rigs and then served 3 years as Offshore Installation Manager/Master, before in 2017 leaving to become General Manager with Clyde Training Solutions. Gareth is a Master Mariner and an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute and brings a wealth of experience due to his Marine & Offshore background, leadership and commercial background. The fact that he has undertaken almost all of most of the courses that CTS offers also helps! Gareth is uniquely placed to lead CTS through this tremendous period of growth and expansion in both the UK and global marketplace, further developing Clyde Training Solutions position as a market leader in the field of safety training.
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Kris McDonald – Training Centre Manager

Kris has worked in the industry for over 15 years, starting in warehouse safety training within his home town of Northumberland. The majority of his experience, however, lies within offshore oil and gas competence lead programmes, with the last 12 years being spent in South East Asia, Australia, Scotland and the USA. Kris spent four years at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas, as an operational lead for the Hi-Con programme. As the first commercial offshore oil and gas service provider to operate at a NASA facility, Kris contributed heavily in the training of government employees to instruct offshore oil and gas programmes, gaining industry approved accreditations and contributing to ISO certifications. The highlight of the experience was being able to work with some of the most dynamic and innovative individuals within the NASA community, culminating in receiving an international OPITO award for Training Provider of the year in 2013. We are delighted that in 2015 Kris agreed to return back to the UK in order to take the new role of Training Centre Manager at Clyde Training Solutions.
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Tammy Martin – Training Services Manager

Tammy Martin has worked in the marine and offshore sector with leading global training providers for over 20 years. Beginning her career in Personnel, Tammy’s skill-set and ambition to educate saw her later transferred to the Training Department, where she progressed from Training Officer to Training Manager. Previously responsible for the training of over 4000 seafarers, Tammy has implemented and executed training programmes which have met expected training standards and improved the overall efficiency training development within the company. Tammy’s extensive remit has also included Cadet Management, Officer Study Programs, and Officer Training Competence, and as Training Services Manager, Tammy’s role is pivotal in the Administration Management of Clyde Training Solutions.

John Lumsden – Survival & HSE Team Lead

John’s rise through his career started with the passion and ease to instruct/coach/mentor individuals which saw him progress within the Sports Coaching world where he gained a degree in Sports Science (Fitness and Health). It wasn’t until he made a career switch using that skillset to the oil and gas industry where he was able to harness that transferable talent within offshore training where his working career really took a precedence. In a short space of time whilst working at Survivex (Aberdeen), he developed from an Assistant Instructor up to a Senior Instructor within two and a half years whilst gaining approvals and aiding in mentoring a successful survival team. Since making the switch south to Glasgow, John has risen to Team Lead from a Senior Instructor role and is spearheading a successful MCA/OPITO department. He has also been a part of a successful set of audits which include CTS gaining their OPITO/MCA centre certification as well as the ISO 14001 certificate. His team has also gone on to gain OPITO approved courses as well as maintaining the existing MCA approvals gained by Clyde Marine Training. John’s existing knowledge of the MCA course and his extensive knowledge of the OPITO course will serve well for the future development of Clyde Training Solutions.
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Darren Kirby – Fire Team Lead

Darren has served in emergency response for over 22 years after starting his career with Tyne and Wear Fire Service. He’s worked both locally and nationally within training including a secondment to the Incident Command Department of The Fire Service College. In 2012 his career moved into the oil and gas industry with BP based at Sullom Voe Oil Terminal in the Shetlands until his move to Clyde Training Solutions in September 2016. He has a Master’s Degree in Disaster Management and is also a member of the Institute of Fire Engineers.