Energy is key for Blackpool training team

Dan Yates and Julie Bennett of Howarth House Training of Blackpool
Dan Yates and Julie Bennett of Howarth House Training of Blackpool
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A Blackpool training company which aims to have a fresh approach for its young clients is celebrating its first year in business.

Howarth House Training, based at its new offices in Lancaster House on Amy Johnson Way, was set up by Daniel Yates, the owner of the Howarth House Hotel and apartments in Lytham, after years of training his own staff.

He wanted to create apprenticeships which matched the needs of the employer but were also vibrant, fun and focussed for the young people.

So in July 2014 Daniel developed his vision and created Howarth House Training and began to look at apprenticeship schemes and placements with a new innovative approach.

He said: “I wanted to use my own experience to create an alternative form of further education to those not wishing to take the university route and instead offer an exciting career path and learning journey with the benefit of a real job experience.”

Twelve months on, HHT now has 20 staff and specialises in eight different apprenticeship areas including hospitality, business, administration, customer service and professional cookery.In addition, several short qualification courses are also available that cover nutrition and health, mental health awareness and customer service.

Dan said: “We pride ourselves on helping businesses find their perfect candidate for their apprenticeship vacancy whilst supporting learners right from the start of their career.

“Our highly qualified staff are all industry experts with many years experience in their chosen field.”

Julie Bennett, HHT’s Operational Director, said: “We aim to provide a fresh new approach to vocational training.

“Education and training can in some cases be a bit grey and old fashioned. We offer vibrant, energetic training which aims to be more efficient, more fun and which aims to make people more employable.

“In many apprenticeships there is not enough training and education for the young people. We aim to be different.

“And we actually get our young people a job. Our training apprenticeships are not just a placement, the employers have a valid vacancy which the trainee can work towards.”

Dan said: “We have placed more than 50 16 to 18-year-olds in work since Christmas across the Fylde and the businesses we work with get pre-screened, pre-selected candidates for their vacancies.”