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These young people at Fleetwood are hoping for apprenticeships at North Lancs Training

These young people at Fleetwood are hoping for apprenticeships at North Lancs Training

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A company which spent around a million pounds last year by transforming a former working men’s club into a state-of the art-training facility says the move is paying off for teenagers in Fleetwood.

Last year the former Gasworkers Club on Preston Street was transformed into North Lancs Training Group’s (NLTG) Vocational Centre of Excellence, officially opened by snooker star Steve Davis last October.

The aim is to get these students jobs via work experience and then apprenticeships, while helping ensure they get basic English and maths qualifications as well as IT skills

With its headquarters in Accrington, NLTG is one of the biggest training providers in the country, aimed at helping young people gain apprenticeships with a range different businesses and employers.

This week NLTG began its new financial year with an intake of 30 young people, aged between 16-18, at the Fleetwood premises.

These young people, most of them from Fleetwood, have all signed up to its Study Programmes which help prepare them for apprenticeships and also upskill them in basic maths and English.

Vicky Ferguson, centre coordinator, said: “I have come through the programme myself and now I am employed by North Lancs Training.

“The aim is to get these students jobs via work experience and then apprenticeships, while helping ensure they get basic English and maths qualifications as well as IT skills.”

One of the young people signed up this week was Victoria Chester, 17, of Jones Grove, Fleetwood.

She said: “I want to work to work in the care industry, in care homes or within the NHS, but I have been struggling to get a foot in the door.

“Without the experience, how am I going to get the work in the first place.

“I see this course as a way of helping me get a place with work experience and, hopefully, a job at the end of it.”

Ben Dibb, 16, of Whinfield Avenue, Fleetwood, said: “I am looking for an apprenticeship in joinery.

“I don’t want to just keep studying at college, I am looking at a direct way into work, learning on the job as I go along.”

With another new group of intakes set to start each month, Vicky added: “We’re staying busy. Apprenticeships is a good way of getting young people skilled up and in with local employers.”

For further details contact Sasha Johnson 07720 092834 or sasha.johnson@nltg.co.uk