A UNIQUE industry-backed training organisation has marked a 60 year milestone in its history with a diamond anniversary celebration.

Darlington-based Thermal Insulation Contractors Association (TICA), the sole provider of thermal insulation apprenticeships within the UK, celebrated with its members.

Founded in its current format in 1957, TICA has been representing members within the industrial and commercial insulation sector for over six decades.

The trade association, set up to maintain industry skills and bring about a collective working agreement, represents over 100 members across the UK.

Addressing partners at the company’s annual general meeting, before the celebratory evening event, TICA chief executive Marion Marsland said: “I am most proud of how we collaborate across the sector and pleased we have so many representatives here with us who facilitate what TICA does.”

The association currently employs 18 full-time staff who facilitate the body’s National Training Centre, which trains between 80 and 120 apprentices each year, administer the CSCS TICA skill card, manage membership and all member benefits including HR support, recruitment and general advice and guidance relating to insulation.

The centre is also home to the head office for ACAD, the asbestos control and abatement division of TICA.

“I hope that the future for TICA is another 60 successful years of collaboration,” added Mrs Marsland.

Former committee member, governing council member and past president of TICA Alan Green was invited to address the celebratory meeting to recognise the collaborative work of industry partners.

“I believe what makes TICA different from other federations and associations is the dedication and commitment of both the chief executive and her team, plus the amount of effort that each of the different arms of TICA put in,” said Mr Green.  

TICA partners were also keen to offer their congratulations.

Director of operations for CSCS Gordon Jenkins added: “I strongly believe that our relationship is positive proof of how sectors working together can improve standards across the industry.”