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TTA Newsletter December 2019

Welcome to the Christmas edition of the TTA monthly newsletter.  Here are a few of the stories and events that are happening at the company this December.    

TTA December News

Save the Children Christmas Jumper day: making life better with a sweater

TTA is delighted and proud to announce that it will be playing its part in this year’s Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day. The annual national fundraising event will be held on Friday 13th December across the UK; however, for operational reasons TTA will hold its own event a day early on Thursday 12th December.

The purpose of the day is to raise as much money as possible for this worthy cause whilst bringing joy and a smile to the face of everyone taking part. All you have to do is wear a Christmas jumper to your workplace or school and donate £2 to help children grow up safe and healthy and get an education so that they can grow to fulfil their potential and be who they want to be.

Anyone training with TTA on Thursday 12th December is encouraged to get involved and join in the fun. However, even if you’re not with us on the day you can still get involved and make a donation to this worthy cause.

If you’d like to support us and Save the Children, you can make a £2 donation by texting the code TEAM874686 to 70050.

Alternatively, you can make a donation directly to Save the Children through the website

Atherton and Leigh Foodbank Donations

TTA is proud to announce that it will be collecting food donations for the Atherton and Leigh Foodbank over the Christmas period. We feel it is more important than ever to be able to help out struggling families at a time when we should be celebrating family, friends and togetherness.

Atherton and Leigh Foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust’s network of 428 foodbanks, working to tackle food poverty and hunger in our local communities, as well as across the UK.

The Foodbank Network was founded in 2004 after four years of developing the original foodbank based in Salisbury. Since then The Trussell Trust has helped communities work together to launch foodbanks nationwide in a wide range of towns and cities.

In 2018/19, The Trussell Trust’s Foodbank Network provided 1,583,668 three-day emergency food supplies and support to UK people in crisis. Of these, 577,618 went to children.

As a network, the Trussell Trust works towards helping more people out of crisis and fewer people needing foodbanks in the future. That’s why The Trussell Trust and local foodbanks are working together to develop new ways to help people out of crisis through programmes like More than Food.

In the UK more than 14 million people are living in poverty – including, shockingly, as many as 4.5 million children. With the help of foodbank like the one in Atherton, and 1200 other centres across the country, through donations they are able to provide a minimum of 3 days’ nutritionally-balanced emergency food supplies to those who have been referred to them in crisis, as well as helping to provide support to help people with the crises they face.

As it is the ‘season of giving’, TTA is supporting our local foodbank. Any donation you would like to make can be handed in at our office Monday 16th December at the latest, so that these can be dropped in time for the Christmas celebrations. Any help you can give would be gratefully appreciated.

What sort of foods/supplies can you donate?

A typical food parcel includes any of the following items:

  • Cereal
  • Soup
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Tinned tomatoes/pasta sauce
  • Lentils, beans and pulses
  • Tinned meat
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tea/coffee
  • Tinned fruit
  • Biscuits
  • UHT milk
  • Fruit juice
  • Toiletries – deodorant, toilet paper, shower gel, shaving gel, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste and hand wipes
  • Household items – laundry liquid detergent, laundry powder, washing up liquid
  • Feminine products – sanitary towels and tampons
  • Baby supplies – nappies, baby wipes and baby food.

TTA knows times are tough for many people, but if you can possibly make a donation, no matter how small, then it would be fantastic and might go some way to making another’s Christmas Day feel special. Thank you.

Welcome to the team:

Adam Burgess

TTA is delighted to welcome a new member to our Atherton HQ team, Adam Burgess, our new Apprentice Customer Service Assistant.  Adam joined the administration team on 7th October this year and is settling in well. Adam previously worked as an administration assistant at Stephenson’s Solicitors for 6 years. Although the work in the costings department at Stephenson’s and his new role are not directly related, nevertheless he’s found that there is a significant crossover and that experience gained in his previous role is serving him well in his new job.

What do you do at TTA?

“I complete the referrals for each of our training courses and make sure each candidate is supplied with all the correct paperwork. I also contact each of the students and let them know what paperwork they’ll need to bring with them prior to starting the course. I then gather up all these documents together and produce induction packs for each of the candidates.”

Has your previous job experience helped you in your new role?

“I think it has. I had some contact previously with members of the public and that has helped me settle into this role where there is more public contact. I’ve also found the previous experience of speaking on the telephone and dealing with routine administrative tasks has also helped me settle in without too much bother.”

So how is life at TTA treating Adam, and how is he enjoying his new job?

“It’s been challenging taking up a new position, but it’s been good. I’m enjoying myself and learning new things all the time. I was made to feel part of the team from the moment I started, and every team member has been really great with me. They’ve supported me and helped me find my feet and I’m really grateful.” 

Can you see yourself working at TTA for a long time?

“I really hope so. I definitely feel there’s a future for me here as long as I do my job well. I’d like to stay on and get more and more experience, and maybe branch out into other areas of the business.”

TTA Christmas Opening/Closing times

2019 has been a very busy year for the team at Transport Training Academy, and we’d like to thank our customers for their loyalty, support and continued business over the course of the year.

Everyone at TTA would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our valuable Customers, Stakeholders and Providers and their families a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2020.

We remain open for business until 5.00 pm on Monday 23rd December but will re-open once again at 8.00 am on Monday 6th January 2020. We look forward to working with you all again next year.


Celebrate TTA's Latest success stories...

Aaron Cochran


Well Done to Aaron Cochran for passing his CAT C with us on 21st February 2020. Congratulations from all at #TTA

Ryan Talbot


Well Done to Ryan Talbot for passing his B+E with us on 21st February 2020. Congratulations from all at #TTA

Christopher Murnaghan

Transport Manager CPC

Well Done to Christopher Murnaghan for passing his Transport Manager CPC with us in February 2020. Congratulations from all at #TTA

Andrew Meanley


Well Done to Andrew Meanley for passing his CAT C with us on 14th February 2020. Congratulations from all at #TTA

Paul Donoghue


Well Done to Paul Donoghue for passing his C+E with us on 14th February 2020. Congratulations from all at #TTA

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