CTC THE Training Consortium


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


The Care Training Consortium (CTC) delivers a wide range of skills training courses primarily to organisations in the Health and Social Care sector, as well as other businesses across Dumfries & Galloway. In addition, we are an approved SQA centre offering SVQ's at level 2, 3 and 4 across variable settings, for example in Social Services and Healthcare Adults, Children & Young People and Leadership & Management. We strive to provide affordable and accessible high-quality training and learning for those providing direct care and for those carers providing unpaid care.

A real living wage employer awarded this year with ISO 9001:2015 standard, based in Dumfries our reach is Scotland wide. With the team made up of a group of professionals who between them have knowledge and experience spanning health, social care, higher education and business.

Who we are

Based in Dumfries our team is made up of a group of professionals who between them share years of knowledge and experience in business and social care, this is utilised to provide our learners with a professional service for training, professional development awards and SVQs at all levels.

We are an approved centre for SQA, ITA, CIEH, REHIS and Stirling University. We are also an Established Carer Positive organisation.

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We work in partnership with a number of other organisations such as:

  • NHS
  • Dumfries and Galloway Council
  • Fire and Police Service
  • Community Learning and Development
  • Dumfries and Galloway Carers Strategy
  • Many Third Sector organisations

What we do

Short courses, bespoke training and SVQ’s.

We give you the best support in the business.

Over the last six years our SVQ training has grown and we can now offer SVQs in Social Services and Healthcare level 3 and 4 Adults and Children & Young People.

Our courses can be delivered on site for your convenience.

We endeavour to use the best and most appropriate trainers, and currently provide training for around 110 care/support/voluntary organisations and local businesses.

  • Quality induction and support
  • Flexible delivery
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Assessment and internal verification of SVQs
  • External Awarding Body Certificate where appropriate

The CTC Team


Jo Oliver | Chairperson

I started my working life in catering before moving on to become a nurse. I specialised in neuro rehabilitation and worked here in the UK and in the states and briefly in Israel. I mover into education in the early 2000’s and have been teaching since then. I teach mainly online now but still have occasional face to face classes. I read a lot, but my main interests are cooking and walking. I love to cook and am always buying new recipe books and try new things at least weekly. I walk with several groups but for the last few years have undertaken the #walk1000miles challenge. This year is the first year I am on track to complete this.

Ivan Kennedy is our Health and Safety Representative for the company and current Vice Chair.

Ivan is a SSAFA member, a Children’s Panel member and has completed his CIEH Professional Trainer Certificate.

Carmel Richmond

Normand Brydson | Trustee

Former Global Manufacturing Advisor for large Petrochemical Corporation.

Normands interests include motorbikes, Land Rovers, most things with an engine! Travelling, caravanning, walking the dog

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 our Trainer. Sheila qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1981. Since then she has worked in both the NHS and care home settings as a Staff Nurse then as a Nurse Manager for 16 years. Sheila has completed Level 4 in Management, HNC in Health and Social Care. Sheila is also a qualified Manual Handling and Manual Handling Passport Scheme Trainer and has her A1 Assessors Award. She has also attended a number of care courses which include intermediate certificate in Occupational Health and Safety and CIEH Training for Trainers certificate. She maintains her knowledge by updating herself yearly on relevant subjects necessary 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.

Lorraine Brocklehurst | Assessor

Nursing background, predominantly paediatric but also in care of elderly. Have been an assessor for many years supporting candidates to achieve SVQs both level 2 and 3, in clinical as well as social care and CYP.

Lorraine's interests are - Walking, hillwalking when get the chance. Enjoy a good psychological thriller to read or watch. Enjoy various types of sport, watching, not taking part, such as Tennis, rugby and formula 1.

Kenzie | Admin Assistant

Kenzie is the newest member of our team and is our new admin assistant, she helps with things such as, answering telephone calls, working on the website, social media and much more! She has brought 1 year office junior experience and has extensive administration experience. Outside of work Kenzie is a drag queen obsessed weirdo who loves to colour in, spend time with her friends and family and her dog Stanley. She also loves to travel so far she has been to Florida twice and Australia once.

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 - rumour has it, he can clear the office just by saying "i've been thinking.."

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

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.