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Eastern Region Training

General Details

We are a training facility who specialise in the construction sector and health and safety. Located in Baylham just outside of Ipswich, we have 17 years of construction sector training experience. We also boast a full working warehouse for forklift training and plenty of  indoor and outside space for our other training courses all of which are accredited by national awarding bodies such as Pearson, NOCN and CITB. Our students enjoy coming to our facilities, saying that we are different from school and we feel more like being in a working environment. 

While we run roofing apprenticeships for post 16 students, for our younger students (14 -16) we are able to provide a variety of options from a few weeks to a couple of years. We normally partner with a school or pupil referral unit and take small groups of 6 students. We find this group size works well both in terms of student interaction and our health and safety commitments to keeping our young people safe while teaching them trades such as carpentry, brick-laying and roofing. 

We offer the BTEC First in Construction and the Built Environment which runs over the course of 1 year and is equivalent to a GCSE at level 1 or 2. This course covers 4 modules, each looking at a different aspect of construction from technical drawing to practical skills and environmental concerns. With 3 coursework based units, we are proud to say that our latest cohort achieved 100% success rate in their external exam. 

We also run shorter programmes such as our BTEC Awards and Certificates, accredited by Pearson. These courses are modular and can build unit by unit, meaning that students can start by completing two units over 10 days, one health and safety and one trade short course to gain the level 1 award. If the students and school want to continue, they can bolt on extra modules of different trade skills to achieve the certificate in construction rather than the award. 

We are accredited to teach and assess functional skills and employability in addition to our construction awards. 

This provider was Quality Assured in 2019 and is now an approved provider by Suffolk County Council's Quality Assurance and Provider Development Team - find out more here.

Who to contact

Olivia Gilbert
Head of Vocational Skills
01473 830255
01473 744412
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Olivia is our link to schools and academies. She is a CITB Construction Ambassador who regularly goes out to schools and colleges to chat to young people about their options, sometimes taking cards and lego with her! She facilitates matching interested students with potential employers and keeps schools up to date with pupil's progress. If you call us though, we are all friendly and willing to help if Olivia isn't around as she only works Monday - Wednesday.

Where to go

Eastern Region Training
Unit 6
Lower Street
Area served
All Suffolk, Ipswich, Needham Market
Venue Email
Venue Website
Parking available
Parking details
We have a dedicated car park and off-road parking too
Bus number 89 and 88 both stop very close to us from Ipswich cattle market bus station. There are 3 buses per hour and it takes about 40 minutes. Needham Market train station is the closest, with Ipswich and Stomarket being fairly near. Taxis from Ipswich and Stomarket are about £15 to us.

We are located in Baylham business park just outside of Ipswich. Our nearest train station is Needham Market which is a couple of miles up the road.  Sat-navs tends to take people to the care home up the road, so please call for instructions if you are unsure. Once you reach Baylham Autos, keep going until you see a turn on the right hand side. The road at the end of where we are has a train crossing, while we are behind some big green metal gates. 

Days & Times

8:30 - 16:45 Monday to Friday
Time of day
Session Information
We can have full days or half days. We find that half-days work best for our students as there is a lot to do and a lot of new information to take on board. A whole day is usually quite tiring!

Other details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
From £75 per student Per session
Cost Details
It will depend on the group size. In general we would have a service agreement for each group and then a separate agreement if we have individual students coming to us on a bespoke basis.
Referral required?
Referral and availability notes

Usually we partner with a school who then send us information about each student, their likes and dislikes and behaviours at school. If the student has an EHC Plan or statement or any risk assessments for individual students. We ask for emergency contact details, but work closely with the school to address things like transport and progress. 

Age Groups
16-25 years, Adults, Young people
Disabled Parking, Wheelchair Access, Adapted Toilet
Service users involved in planning
We work with both the student and the referring school to help each individual achieve their potential.
Last Updated

Local Offer Local Offer Record

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

We are able to adapt our provision for students who have SEND. We have experience of student with EHCP and set all of our students individualised SMART targets based on their needs.  We have staff who have certificates in understanding challenging behaviour, autism, specific learning difficulties and young people's mental health. We currently provide for students by using video evidence to lessen the burden of writing as well as having a selection of coloured paper and overlays for students with Irlen syndrome or sensory difficulties. 

We are proud to have been quality assured ( https://infolink.suffolk.gov.uk/kb5/suffolk/infolink/advice.page?id=GAoLM4W7rTA ) by Suffolk County Council as having good measures in place for young people with SEND. Please find our policies here on our website:  https://www.easternregiontraining.co.uk/policies/ 

Our office is wheelchair accessible, and we are able and willing to make reasonable adjustments to the training that we provide. However, due to the physical nature of our training and the health and safety aspect, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate individuals who have severe learning difficulties or physical conditions.   

Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Communication difficulties
Learning difficulties
Mental health conditions

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