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Matrix @ Dinnington company expands locally and globally

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Aztec AVA, the engineering training business based at the Matrix Business Centre in Dinnington, Rotherham, has won a major new contract with Tata Steel in South Yorkshire.

The contract will see Aztec AVA delivering apprenticeship training for 32 apprentices at Tata Steel's resource training centre in Stocksbridge, Sheffield.

Mick Stacey, Director of Aztec AVA, said: "This is an exciting opportunity for us to deliver apprenticeship training for one of the most prominent steel businesses in the world. We are also delivering training for Apprentices from other manufacturing businesses at the resource training centre and this is already on track to be a huge success."

The company was originally set up as AVA Training four years ago by directors Mick Stacey, Alan Varney and Steve Turner, offering specialist training services for engineering, manufacturing, utility and food companies. In spring 2012, AVA Training merged with Aztec, a Bristol-based training provider that operates internationally, which saw the company change its name to Aztec AVA.

The merger has meant that AVA Training has benefited from Aztec's contacts internationally, which has led to the Dinnington-based company now delivering around 20 per cent of its training overseas.

Mick Stacey adds: "This is a very exciting time for our business, as we have experienced significant growth and we are now delivering engineering training in the Gulf, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the Philippines, South Africa and South America, to name but a few. Because of Aztec's expertise in training power station staff, this has also enhanced the range of services we can offer to both the UK and international market."

Aztec AVA is now working with RiDO's Soft Landing Zone and its business development co-ordinator Julia Millea, who is currently carrying out a research project to identify other key markets for the fast-growing business.

One of the reasons for Aztec AVA's success is its ability to deliver specialist on-site training in locations across the UK and the globe.

Julia Millea, business development co-ordinator for RiDO's Soft Landing Zone, said: "It is fantastic to see Aztec AVA growing their business not only in the UK, but taking advantage of international opportunities too. Over the coming months we will be working with them to identify new markets and to help them achieve their growth aspirations through overseas trading."

The Growth and Prosperity in Rotherham (Soft Landing Zone) project aims to assist Rotherham companies in accessing international markets and also helps foreign inward investors who choose to locate to RiDO's business centres. The project is supported financially by the European Union. It has attracted £842k investment from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe's support for the region's economic development through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme 2007-13.

For more information Aztec AVA, visit the website www.aztec.uk.com 


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