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The TDR Trust

TDR was conceived and launched by industry in the 1990s with the primary objective of creating a world-class skills pool to sustain the people needs of the engineering industry.

Strategic partnerships, with employers and other charities whose objectives align with TDR, have underpinned our development and growth and our heritage goes back much further than the 1990s.

Over a hundred years earlier, in 1882, William Doxford one of the great Victorian engineers, established the North East Coast Engineering Trust. His vision was to establish a legacy that would ensure engineering skills were passed on to future generations and he provided a skills fund for that purpose.

In 2002, with their shared aim of inspiring young people to embark on a career in science and engineering, TDR partnered with Doxford’s charity providing support and resources, and in 2009 concluded a full merger.

Just as we value our heritage, we also look to the future. At every stage in our growth The TDR Trust charitable objectives have been, and will continue to be, our driving force.

For further information on the Trust and our subsidiary trading company TDR Training Ltd, download The TDR Trust brochure (PDF).