North East England

Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne & Wear

120+ Years Experience Over 120 years' experience
People First People First
People trained (25,000) - 25,000 trained in last 12 months 25,000 trained in last 12 months
Employed Trainers (100+) - Over 100 employed trainers Over 100 employed trainers

Our training centre in Houghton-le-Spring

Hetton Road, Houghton-le-Spring, DH5 8PB

Contact: 0191 584 5723
Fax: 0191 584 0802

Our Houghton Training Centre covers Newcastle and the North East area. Our centre is easily accessible thanks to its location between the A1 and the A19.

Our Houghton Training Centre covers Newcastle and the North East area. Our centre is easily accessible thanks to its location between the A1 and the A19. Our training centre is perfect for candidates in the following locations: Newcastle, Hartlepool, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Durham, and Darlington. 

We provide a range of training courses suitable for a variety of industries – all taught in specially designed training facilities and classrooms. Our courses are taught by skilled trainers — most of whom are current or former rescuers.

We specialise in teaching low, medium and high risk confined space training courses. In our Houghton training centre we have facilities that help us recreate the situations and conditions necessary to teach the right confined spaces skills. Our aim is to teach all our candidates the knowledge and practical skills required for real-life application.

From our training centre we also teach lots of other safety courses – including First Aid training courses, IOSH training courses, Working at Height training courses and Fire Fighting training courses.


Our Houghton training centre has 4 dedicated training rooms, a realistic mining coal face and an extensive confined spaces training gallery. This includes 100 metres of realistic tunnels, tubes, crawl ways, hatches, sewer covers and external drift entry points. This allows us to provide practical training – as well as bespoke or mock scenarios for a variety of industries.

In addition to our confined spaces facilities – we also have an indoor working at height structure. The structure features ladders, a sloping roof and unprotected edges for training that includes ropes and safety lines. 

Mobile & tailored on-site training

If you’re looking to train more than one person – we can come to you!

Our team has a state-of-the-art mobile training unit – this means they can teach confined space training at any location – including your offices, factory or work site. The towable unit has everything required to complete our low, medium or high risk confined space training courses.

Our team can come to you to teach one of our other health and safety courses – like first aid; or we can work with you to develop the tailored training courses for your specific needs or industry.

Meet our team

Scott Stoker
Operations Manager

Versatile leader with broad knowledge of mines rescue, confined spaces and working at height

Katie Hopper
Assistant Manager

Leading the day-to-day efficient running of the team and Northeast training centre.

Catherine Hartley
Office Manager

Quick to anticipate any need to deliver effective, smooth-running administration at Houghton.

What our customers say...

5 stars, 1637 reviews

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Excellent course, really well presented and very knowledgable trainer.

Sharon Dickinson, Centre for Process Innovation Limited

Great course, very knowledgeable and experienced trainer, very impressed with the course and its content.

Les Young, Astute Machinery Consultants

May I say how impressed I have been with the sheer quality of cover from MRS; it has been exemplary for my staff and peace of mind. It is great your staff are proactive on my site during a night shift and not just sitting back, professional advice and solutions for everything has also been offered.

David Murray, Behavioural Safety Manager, BAM Nuttall Limited

I Have used this company for a few year now and would not go anywhere else. They are very professional, very friendly and very helpful. Great value too!!

Janette Husband, Wilf Husband

Excellent couple of days training with these guys. We have used them for training for years now and always enjoy the experience. Very knowledgeable & experienced, you always have a good laugh when training with these guys which helps you take the information in. Cannot recommend enough, you won't be disapointed if you give them a go.

Anthony Muldown, Sunderland City Council
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For more information...



From A1(M): Take the A690 signposted Sunderland. Leave A690 onto A182 signed Hetton le Hole. At crossroads (traffic lights)turn left onto Gillas Lane take first right, then first right again into carpark.

From A19: Take the A690 signposted Durham. (See directions above from this point)

To find our car park use what3words - home.rising.chief.

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