Smiles of NVQs

It’s all smiles for the plant operators at Alex Smiles Ltd who have achieved NVQ Level 2 in Plant Operations.  14 members of staff have achieved the NVQ level 2 qualification this year thanks to Tyneside Training Services.

Tyneside Training Services have been providing quality plant operator and driver training to Alex Smiles Ltd for over 15 years and this is set to continue along with the vehicle maintenance department of Gateshead College which further strengthens the offering.

Stuart Smiles, Director, Alex Smiles Ltd says ‘we ensure that our staff are qualified and competent and have worked with Tyneside Training Services for many years to achieve this.  The high level of training and support gives our employees the knowledge and skills to do the best job possible for our customers.’


Alex Smiles Ltd – Background Info

Alex Smiles Ltd was started in the 1960s when founder Alex Smiles returned from University and saw an opportunity to turn waste into a resource. In August 1973, Alex and Jane Smiles formed Alex Smiles Ltd and were married the following month.

Alex Smiles Ltd is now run by their two sons Stuart and John Smiles, occupying a nine-acre site in Deptford. It is one of the North East’s largest independent waste management companies d offering a comprehensive range of skip and container hire to both construction, industrial, commercial and domestic customers.

The business has an extensive fleet of over 40 heavy goods vehicles and 100 specialist personnel dedicated to delivering a quality service to the customer.


Tyneside Training Services Background Info

Training Services have provided first-rate LGV, forklift and CPC training, as well as many other road transport based training courses, since our establishment in 1969. The company has maintained a policy of providing the very highest level of training, employing only highly qualified and experienced instructors. Training standards are monitored regularly to ensure that the quality of training offered to customers meets the required levels.

All staff at Tyneside Training Services Ltd are committed to the provision of equal opportunities for all candidates.

TTS is a private company limited by guarantee, and now part of the Gateshead College Group – this means that the profits made are reinvested into the company to develop the programmes and facilities we offer.

The training services we can offer include the following:

- Logistics Training including LGV, PCV, Driver Training, ADR CPC, Driver CPC.

- Construction Plant Training (CPCS) including Forklift Truck of all classes.

- Motor Vehicle Apprenticeships

- Funded NVQ Programmes for levels 2 & 3 for all ages including adults.