£1m boost will help youngsters find work

The North Lancs Training Group

The North Lancs Training Group

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A £1m investment in Fleetwood will see young people from the area given vital training opportunities to boost their future livelihoods.

And it is all taking place in a former well-known drinking establishment, the Gasworkers Club – known locally as The Tank – on Preston Street.

Snooker icon Steve Davis will officially open the North Lancs Training Group’s (NLTG) Vocational Centre of Excellence next Wednesday.

It comes after a year’s work by NLTG in transforming the old Tank premises into a state-of-the-art training centre.

NLTG is one of the biggest training providers in the country.

Its Fleetwood operation was first set up at Milton Street Community Centre five years ago.

It’s hoped the new training facility will benefit thousands of youngsters from across Wyre.

The big launch is open to the public from 1pm to 3pm and will allow 16 to 18-year-olds to find out about training opportunities locally.

Jim Harkness, NLTG’s managing director, said: “We were invited to help and support the young people of Fleetwood five years ago, since then our delivery has been graded as outstanding by Ofsted.

“We see our new development in Fleetwood as an exciting opportunity to help and support the town.”

The company prides itself on its record of successfully getting its young people into active employment or apprenticeships, at a time when many young people are otherwise struggling to find such opportunities.

Mr Harkness added: “NLTG has won the City and Guilds Lion Award for the Centre of Excellence for the third time in a row.

“This award is given to the college or training provider with the highest number of Gold Medals for Excellence winners and our success is a real coup.”

Coun Dave Shaw, a Fleetwood Town Council member for Pharos ward, said: “This is a very welcome development for Fleetwood. Anything that helps our young people get job opportunities and training, right on their doorstep, has got to be a good thing.”

And Coun Evelyn Stephenson, Wyre’s Pharos member, added: “Our young people need this kind of thing.”