New training centre launches jobs hopes

Norma Hornby and Sara Gaskell at the Intraining launch.

Norma Hornby and Sara Gaskell at the Intraining launch.

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A National training company has unveiled a new centre in Blackpool to help people get the skills they need for employment.

Intraining has opened a skills centre in Prudential House, Topping Street, to help those at risk of redundancy or recently unemployed.

It previously operated from the Enterprise Centre in South Shore as a temporary base, but has moved to offices with IT suites, two training rooms and a quiet area for exams.

It is also putting together Traineeships – pre-apprenticeship programmes for young people – which will provide valuable work experience prior to commencing an apprenticeship.

Sara Gaskell, business manager for the Blackpool centre, said the firm aimed to speak to potential employers to get their input in training courses so that clients will be exactly what employers are looking for. She said: “There are some trainers who run courses for the sake of running courses, but we are talking to local businesses to ask them what they really want.

“We have some fantastic people training here. We felt there was a gap in the market in this region to serve the demand for apprenticeships and are very excited about the opportunities there are for both learners and employers.”

“Our central location means that we are easily accessible by public transport, which we appreciate many 16-24-year-olds rely on.

“We are also close to the re-development of the Talbot Gateway and look forward to developing great working relationships with retailers and businesses who may be looking to take on apprentices.”

One trainee is Norma Hornby, 61, of Cleveleys who said: “This place is really great. It has much more room that the previous temporary office.

“I am learning IT skills which should help me get a job. I have been learning PowerPoint, Word and spreadsheets and the training here is really good.”

The centre was officially opened by the Mayor Coun Sylvia Taylor.

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