BTTA Sponsored Awards

BTTA is delighted to have sponsored two awards for apprentices attending Edinburgh College – Electrical Apprentice of the Year and Electrical Most Improved Apprentice. Russell Coleman, general manager, BTTA said: “It was my pleasure to attend Edinburgh College’ student awards evening on 6 June. It was even more poignant to award our Borders Technical Training […]

Inspired Learning at Kelso

It was a fantastic day and a pleasure for BTTA to take part in the Inspiring Learning festival at the Borders Events Centre, Springwood Park in Kelso organised by the DYW. May 31st was the turn of S5 and S6 pupils from Kelso High School. Everyone had a lot of fun learning some basic electrical […]

Modern Apprenticeship numbers in Scotland on the rise

The Modern Apprenticeship (MA) statistics for 2023-24 have been published on the SDS corporate website. There were 25,365 MA starts created in 2023/24, with 38,607 MAs in training at the end of the financial year. Key highlights show that apprenticeships are supporting more young people from diverse backgrounds to access opportunities.  If you are looking to […]


BTTA is planning a apprenticeship awards dinner on 18 October at the Buccleuch Arms Hotel, St Boswells, Melrose. Further details will be announced in the coming months.


To enhance their training provision, BTTA is currently in negotiations to acquire a unit in Tweedbank Industrial estate. This will be turned into a dedicated technical training centre for the Borders. Over the coming months the centre will be refurbished and kitted out with engineering equipment and training rooms. Watch this space for further details.

BTTA Introduce ‘Mobile Training Rigs’

BTTA have recently introduced mobile training boards to allow training to be delivered in any location. For more information and to book a course please contact Russell Coleman at Power Circuitry:Our power circuit boards enables training to be carried out on ring main, radial and fused spur circuits. The learner will be taught the […]


BTTA’s group training manager, Russell Coleman, was recently quoted in The Scotsman

Schools Careers Fair

Well, that’s the first School Careers fair of the year done and dusted. We had a great day at Jedburgh Grammar Campus and met lots of enthusiastic young people wanting to get into an engineering apprenticeship. Thanks to DYW Borders for organising the event and to all the other organisations that have young peoples interest […]

New Trainer / Assessor for Borders Training Association

Borders Technical Training Association (BTTA), formerly Borders Engineering Training Association (BETA), has appointed Richard Wright as a trainer/assessor. Richard will assist group training manager Russell Coleman in in training, mentoring and assessing Modern Apprentices employed by the association’s member companies in the Borders.  He has 39 years of technical experience across a number of multidiscipinary roles […]