CTC THE Training Consultancy


CTC - the leading provider of business & social care training services across Dumfries & Galloway and beyond

Why hundreds of care professionals choose CTC

Our commitment to delivering people-focused training on first-class care practices is what sets us apart as the leading trainers and education providers across Dumfries and Galloway and beyond.

We believe every resident, patient and vulnerable person deserves the best care possible. At CTC our mission is to improve the quality of care within our community through education, training and exceeding standards.

Our friendly team is trusted by organisations across Scotland to provide premium care training at an affordable price. With expert knowledge spanning health, social care, higher education and business your training is in safe hands.

Accessible, Convenient & Stress-Free Training For Everyone

Bespoke - Remove the stress of training days with our bespoke in-person training, wherever you’re based in Scotland. Simply select a day for our care specialists to come to your business and provide an engaging, educational session.

Care Professionals - Develop your skills, stand out in the job market and gain the qualifications you need to progress in care. Our team is happy to help you select the training best suited for your role so you can provide better care in the job you love.

Non-care professionals / Individuals - If you’re looking to enhance your skills or become more competent as an unpaid career, our courses help you gain the qualifications and knowledge necessary to carry out your role with confidence.

We Partner With Leading Care Organisations To Offer The Most Certified & Reliable Service Possible

  • NHS
  • Dumfries & Galloway Council
  • Community Learning & Development
  • Many Third Sector Organisations
  • Dumfries Carers Centre
  • Public Protection Social Work Services
  • EDGE Training
  • Nuco

The Widest Range Of Courses Available, Delivered By Specialist Trainers

Our courses cover all aspects of health and social care from basic first aid to advanced skills required to help people with challenging and unique needs. We’re here to help you become qualified at all levels of health and social care or advance your career with leadership and management training.

  • Emergency First Aid
  • & Handling of People
  • REHIS Food Hygiene
  • Infection Control
  • SVQ Social Services & Health Care SCQF Level 7 - 10

Learn from care experts that understand your training needs…

  • Stay ahead of the latest legal requirements and exceed standards in care homes, health services and care at home teams.
  • Improve the quality of care for family members and dependents as an unpaid carer with easy to follow online courses.
  • Meet the needs of your workplace with bespoke, online and individual tailored training designed to be accessible and convenient wherever you’re based.

Get In Touch To Discuss Your Training Needs With A Member Of Our Friendly Team

Meet the team

Ian Seymour - General Manager

An NMC registrant, Ian has extensive experience spanning health, higher education and social care. During his career he has held various posts within the field of children and young people’s mental health. A secondment period as project lead for CAMHS at NES NHS Scotland, was followed by a return to Cumbria University as Associate Head of School, Nursing and Midwifery. A later career change saw a return to Shetland where he managed the Looked After and Throughcare Service. More recently further personal study saw Ian achieve qualification as an EMDR therapist, which he still practices .RMN, MSc in Child and Youth Care, BA (Hons) in post Compulsory Education, Diploma in Child and Adolescent Nursing, and is a qualified EMDR Therapist.

Sheila Cowan | Trainer | Training Coordinator | Assessor

Sheila is one of the trainers/ assessors who works for CTC. Her background prior was a qualified nurse working in both the NHS and care home settings. She is qualified as a Manual Handling and Manual handling Passport Scheme trainer and holds a CIEH Training for Trainers certificate. Has both her A1 and L&D assessor and internal verifiers certificates relating to SVQ’s. She enjoys working with candidates and trainees because it allows her to share her knowledge and skills to support others to progress in their job role. She maintains her knowledge by updating herself yearly with relevant subjects for her job.

Helen Smith | Trainer | Assessor

Helen is one of our assessor/trainers and has worked in the care sector for almost 25 years, firstly in learning disabilities and then with people who had mental health problems. She worked in the NHS for 7 years, 5 of which were spent in Accident and Emergency. Later she worked in the community before entering the Residential Care Sector where she worked in care supervision and management. She has completed Health and Social Care Level 4, LMC and is a qualified SVQ assessor. Helen is also a qualified Manual Handling Passport Scheme Trainer. She believes in training and developing the workforce and regularly attends training and updates herself.

Fiona Gleghorn | SVQ Team leader | SVQ Assessor / IV /Trainor

Has a background in Nursing qualifying in 1983.

Fiona gained most of her nursing experience in critical care followed by several years in Resus training and Nurse education. Her last years with the NHS were managing Sexual Health D&G where she had a particular interest in the provision of care to Harder to Reach groups such as Learning disabilities, LGBT and Looked after young people.Fiona has completed a number of Post graduate qualifications including: BA (hons) in Health Studies (Management Route), Post Graduate Diploma in Sexual & Reproductive Health, Certificate in Education and Learning and is a qualified First Aid Instructor. Fiona believes that the provision of high-quality care is achieved through the commitment to training of staff in both clinical skills and professional registerable qualification.

Outside of work Fiona is a keen cook / baker and likes to read a good book . She lives in a rural community and loves to be outside where she has a productive vegetable garden. She is an animal lover and a habitual rescuer of dogs and hens. Socialising with family and friends are also a favourite past time .

Brian McNee | Trainer

A trainer with an extensive and varied work history, including, Timber Industry, Ministry of Defence, Airports, Charities and business owner. Been involved in training and staff development for more than two decades.

Involved in several high-profile projects.

Continuous development of self and others. Loves to learn and then pass on knowledge to learners. Engages with learners to enhance their learning experience.

Outside of work, keeping fit by attending the gym, playing squash and spending time with family.

Cheryl Murray | Unpaid Carer & Handling Lead

Cheryl has worked in care since 2008 when she returned to work after having children. Cheryl chose to work in care due to the flexibility it offered her being able to work around her family and other commitments. Cheryl has spent the last 10 years working in learning disability services where she became an internal & handling trainer.

Lewis Connell | Business Support

Lewis has been with us since May 2019 and brought his 4 ½ years experience in a busy telecommunication & IT industry with him. He has extensive administration experience and is used to working in a fast paced enviorment. Lewis helps us in many areas of the business such as customer support, marketing, finance & more! He has certainly had an impact on the company since joining and is never afraid to pitch his idea's to his colleagues.

If you've ever phoned or emailed us here at CTC you have most likely had contact with Lewis!

Neil Cassidy - Trainer

So for the last 21 years I spent my time in the British Army as front line soldier eventually transferring over to the Royal Army Medical Core and I made that decision as on most of my tours I had been a medic for my teams and wanted to gain more experience and knowledge in that field.

Once I had done this I spent 10 years doing that job and along with that and doing a humanitarian job in Kenya I found it was really rewarding to help people and this lead me down the line which I chose to be an instructor in First Aid.

I had lots of qualifications within my military setting but none of them where actually civilian qualification apart from my Leadership and management L5, so I done a lot of research and found a national company that do courses in Edinburgh called Nuco Training Ltd where I attended three courses back to back to get my qualifications to become an instructor in First Aid, First Aid for mental health and Safeguarding. Also got eh level 3 qualification in education and training.

So a lot of skills I had from the military got put to good use for my transition to the civilian world where I met someone on my course and they helped find a job before I even left the military and through all my co workers they have made my transition easy comfortable and smooth and I have also gained so much from them also with regards to doing my job in the care sector.

I love doing my First Aid training the most as have been doing this for years anyway but I just find it so rewarding passing on my knowledge and experience to others just knowing that they could help people, but I enjoy all aspects of the job because you are constantly being tested and learning new things with the chance to broaden my skillset in other areas such as and handling and naloxone training.

Meeting Your Training Needs

The training offered will change over different periods of the year and in relation to changes in practice, we need to keep this fresh & up to date.