The Company History

The business known today as KeyOstas was founded in 1984 by Mr Raymond Gibbs

Originally from Sheffield and having served his time in the steel industry, Ray’s Health and Safety remit dates back to 1969

Ray and Craig Gibbs

Having relocated to the Midlands, Ray was working within the Engineering Employers Federation in Leamington Spa and in 1976 began delivering structured training programmes for the EEF, before striking out on his own in 1984 as Ace Safety Services

The business initially operated from Ray’s home selling safety equipment alongside training services, with Ray, his wife Sheila and son Craig all very much involved from the outset. It was not long before the business took its first premises on the High Street in Southam, Warwickshire

Ace Safety Services continued to sell safety equipment, but in 1988 the name OSTAS (Occupational Safety Training and Advisory Services) was identified as a more suitable brand to carry forward the rapidly developing training side of the operation. Before long the business had outgrown the High Street premises and moved to a new facility on Southam’s Industrial Park, taking up residence in a building with administrative office facilities and several dedicated training rooms

During the early 1990s OSTAS experienced a period of organic expansion, taking advantage of the first tranche of 1992 EU directives, often referred-to as the ‘6-Pack’, which allowed for the acquisition of Training and Safety Services ‘TASS’ – a Birmingham-based Forklift Truck training and operator services business. TASS had national coverage from their Tyseley headquarters, but also had a strong relationship with the Ford Motor Company’ with a large contingent of their trainers permanently based at the Ford plant in Dagenham, and other trainers roving between locations throughout the UK

There followed a period of growth and consolidation until 2008 when OSTAS again relocated to larger premises at The Court in Southam, and this remains the business’s headquarters today

In 2011 OSTAS made the strategic move to merge with a Bromsgrove based training business called The Key Consultancy, bringing together two similarly sized occupational training operations under the KeyOstas banner. Formed in 1989, The Key Consultancy had a remarkably similar profile and heritage to OSTAS with the two founders of the business also having emerged from EEF in Leamington Spa – albeit five years after Ray had made his move

Since opening its doors in 1984 KeyOstas has provided training for many thousands of Employees, Managers and Directors of businesses large and small and across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom and beyond. Ray Gibbs remains very active in the business as a Director and major shareholder, and Craig Gibbs is extremely hands-on with training for a number of long-standing clients and in the day-to-day running of the business in his capacity as Managing Director and shareholder

About KeyOstas Today

KeyOstas has been providing health and safety training at our venues in Southam, Bromsgrove and Birmingham since 1984, with environmental services added to our portfolio in 2002. Our homes at The CourtThe Mount School and Perfecta Works are in central England at the heart of the West Midlands motorway network and provide a convenient location for our public courses

Almost 80% of Key Ostas training is done on-site for clients throughout the UK and around the world. Our In-company training courses can be tailored to meet the specific needs of a client and the industry in which they operate. Through close consultation KeyOstas ensure that your staff receive the appropriate training for them and for your business every time, relevant to their job role and responsibilities

Why ‘KeyOstas’?

KEY – that which gives access or opportunity for something; that which explains something difficult; a solution, an explanation, a translation; a series of solutions of problems;

OSTAS – Occupational Safety Training & Advisory Services

Our Mission: To become the first point of inquiry for all our clients’ training and consultancy needs by embedding superior quality and exceptional performance within all of the products and services we offer

Why choose KeyOstas?

KeyOstas care about the products we deliver; we care about our delegates; and we care about our profession and its impact upon our clients’ effectiveness

KeyOstas are renowned for a personal approach, attention to client needs and our consultants and service teams go the extra mile to make your KeyOstas experience one to remember

ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 OHSAS 18001:2007 Quality, Environmental and Health and Safety management systems are inspected by Intertek Certification Ltd (UKAS)

Our Venues

KeyOstas courses are delivered at our own facilities in Warwickshire, Worcestershire, and Central Birmingham

Our annual schedule of courses includes NEBOSH, IOSH, IEMA, SPA, CCNSG and ITSSAR accredited programmes as well as short courses on a wide range of topical Health and Safety and Environmental issues

The Court, Southam

Our Southam, Warwickshire centre has four large state-of-the-art training rooms with have built in projectors, speakers and electronic screens. Wifi access is available in the training rooms and there is free parking on-site. See the range of NEBOSH, IEMA, IOSH, SPACCNSG and Short Courses available at The Court

Directions to KeyOstas at The Court and Hotels

Perfecta Works, Birmingham

Our Birmingham (Digbeth) centre has been purposely designed for all types of safety and equipment training within the field of material handling. As well as large indoor training area, for forklift trucks and scaffolding erection, the centre has training room for up to 12 delegates. See the range of Forklift Truck Instructor and Operator courses available

Directions to KeyOstas at Perfecta Works

The Mount School, Bromsgrove

The school has four comfortable training rooms, study areas, Wi-Fi and parking. Our Consultants provide support and advice and we also have a mock workshop for students to get ‘hands on’ with machinery and equipment to aid their learning. See the range of NEBOSH, IEMA, IOSH, SPA, CCNSG and Short Courses available at The Mount School

Directions to KeyOstas at The Mount School

KeyOstas provides a wide range of training services to these clients and many more throughout the United Kingdom and beyond