Category Archives: project management


We are currently running a bespoke course on foundation engineering for The Coal Authority over two days. We worked with them to design a course that met their specific needs, was tailored for a small group, and which provided excellent value. It includes too information on the new British Standards for retaining walls and foundations. The course has received excellent feedback and it is now being developed further into a new course to be delivered from 2016 onwards.

If you have even a small group of people needing training then contact us to discuss how we may be able to bespoke a course to suit your needs whilst making it cost-effective too.


We recently ran a bespoke version of our ever-popular ‘Mentoring on Geotechnics for Engineering Geologists’ course for a major consultancy in one of their regional offices. What was different about that course? By working with them we found a way to deliver it cost-effectively for us both even though they only had two staff needing training. Quality was not compromised, and as ever feedback from the course was excellent.

If you have just two or three people needing training then contact us to discuss how we may be able to bespoke a course to suit your needs whilst making it cost-effective too.


We are pleased to confirm that Surepath Training is now registered to deliver training for the LEP skills service.

Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has launched a service that provides skills support to small and medium sized businesses. The LEP skills service helps businesses to identify their skills needs based on their business growth objectives and then find the right training solution. Small and medium sized business based in the Leeds City Region that have a budget to put towards training could be eligible for funding of between £500 and £50,000. To find out more about the LEP skills service and apply, visit:

The LEP skills service will provide funding to those businesses that are poised for growth and will support collaborative proposals too. A grant will only be granted if an employer cash contribution is provided. The contribution must be a least equal to the level of grant. The minimum amount of grant that a business can apply for is £1,000, unless the business is a micro SME (less than 10 employers and has a turnover of less than 2 million EUR). The maximum grant amount that any one business can apply for is £50,000, cumulatively (multiple applications are allowed as long as the maximum grant amount is not exceeded).

Please note that all skills service applications are subject to approval panels and are assessed on a case by case basis.

To find out more about the above funding for training courses, please contact Andy Goodwin at Surepath Training, on 01246 807808. Alternatively contact us via the contact page on the web site.


The ability to manage projects for commercial success is a key attribute of all successful engineers. Aimed primarily at young consultants, junior project managers, and graduates pursuing professional qualification with institutions such as the ICE and IStructE, the course will examine what project management is and why it is needed, before introducing delegates to the importance of understanding project financing, contract requirements, and commercial risk. Thereafter the course will be taught by following a mock project from Client inception and definition of the brief, through the estimation and bid process, to project set-up and delivery. Each stage will be covered using mini-lectures to convey core material before delegates apply that learning through practical exercises. The course will conclude with a look at change control, and the importance of post-project reviews and the sharing of lessons learned.

The course is next running in Chesterfield on 11 May at a cost of just £220 plus VAT. If you require any additional information before making a booking on this or any other course, please contact us at too that all courses can be run bespoke for your company if there are sufficient numbers – just contact us by phone (01246 807808) or using the enquiries email address above for more details.