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Hard Hat Training Services Ltd: Our Team

Rachel Hogarth, Director
Rachel Hogarth, Director

Rachel is a chartered member of the CIPD and has been supporting construction companies with their training activities for over 15 years. Much of her experience was gained as Company Development Adviser for CITB, providing business support services and advising employers on grant recovery.  She has also worked for a number of contractors directly (Bowey Group, Mansell Construction Services NE and Balfour Beatty) in a variety of HR and training roles. During her time at Mansell she increased grant recovery from £5k per annum to in excess of £130k, set up and maintained their training records and compiled their annual training plans. She also co-ordinated all of their training activities, including apprenticeships, work placements and graduate training schemes.

Much of her time now is spent bid writing, securing funding for construction companies of all sizes, to help them source and secure the skills, qualifications and training their workforce needs to help achieve business growth and development. She have recently written a number of bids which secured over £300,000  of funding to help address the issue of productivity in the Construction Sector. Hard Hat Training Services Ltd are now involved with project managing these initiatives that exist to research, design, test and evaluate innovative new training solutions aimed at reducing the volume and cost of error in the industry.

Rachel is currently studying for her Masters In Employment Law and is researching the complex issue of worker status in the Construction Industry.

Dawn Wilkinson, Director
Dawn Wilkinson, Director

Dawn has over 15 years experience supporting construction companies with their training activities, predominantly through her role as Training Co-ordinator for the Contractors Training Group NE (CTGNE), which now has 58 members. For over 5 years now, Dawn has been supporting a growing number of contractors with their CITB grant claims, training matrices, training plans and training records. Over the last couple of years, she has written over 70 Skills and Training funding bids for construction employers across the UK, securing over £304,000 via this route alone.

Hard Hat Training Services Ltd have now secured additional funding for the Contractors Training Group which will allow them to deliver added value support to their members during 2018-2019:

  • Careers events to promote construction and secure high quality applicants for the 18-19 academic year. 
  • Support for developing supervisors and managers (NVQs and SSP qualifications can be funded @ 50% of usual cost for many members)
  • Delivery of business support, training needs analysis and assistance with bid writing to secure up front funding for training.

Dawn recently achieved CIPD Level 5 in Human Resources Management and specialises in employee engagement. She now supports a number of Construction Companies with getting their contracts of employment and basic employment policies and procedures right, to minimise the risk of any employment claims.

Claire Harrison, Training Co-ordinator
Claire Harrison, Training Co-ordinator

Claire Harrison joined Hard Hat Training Services Ltd in 2018 as a Training Co-ordinator and brought a wealth of experience in administration and customer service to the team.

Claire has a good working knowledge of construction training and now assists clients with their CITB grant claims, skills and training funding bids and maintenance of training matrices. In addition, Claire supports members of the North East Contractors Training Group with course enquiries and bookings.


Hard Hat Training Services Ltd
Consett Innovation Centre
Ponds Court
Co Durham

Company Number: 11258876 

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