This firm designs competence assurance courses for the rail industry to help train staff – from drivers and engineers to platform attendants – and was in pole position when competence assurance for the rail industry became mandatory in April 2002. It claims to have accredited 6,900 staff for London Underground. Four Counties Training was founded in 1993 by Lara Newson, a former freelance trainer. The company has boosted its sales 99% a year from £466,000 in 2001 to £3.7m in 2004, when it made a good profit. Other customers include Westinghouse Rail Systems and Metronet Rail.
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