New Rathbone Training Centre in the City

(October 18, 2016)

Mark has visited newly opened Rathbone Training Centre and met with staff and learners on Friday 14th October 2016.

Candice Davies, Head of Operations for Rathbone Training Skills and Employability led a presentation detailing the training programmes offered at the City Centre training base.  Mr Hendrick was given the opportunity to discuss the portfolios and career aspirations of learners Molly Hughes and Ria Mitchell.  As well as discussing the new opportunities available for young people at Rathbone, other issues that affect young people were discussed including anti-social behaviour, drugs that were formally known as 'legal highs' and cyber-bullying’.



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From left: Andrew Pyke, Administrator; Christine Aguilar, (Lancashire Young People’s Service), Mark Hendrick MP, Candice Davies (Head of Operations for Rathbone Training Skills and Employability), Molly Hughes, learner, Katrina Benyon  (ESF Tutor), Alicia Yates, (Programme Co-ordinator) and Ria Mitchell, learner.

The centre offers training and apprenticeships to young people aged 16-24. Working in partnership with Preston’s College and local employers, the programme allows trainees to develop their skills in their chosen field and enhance their employability whilst being supported by tutors on site.

The Rathbone charity was borne out of the work done by Elfrida Rathbone, a pioneering youth campaigner who began teaching in a special school in King’s Cross, London one hundred years ago.  Elfrida dedicate herself to teach children who were deemed incapable of learning and her early work resulted in the formation of The Elfrida Society, and later The Rathbone Charity.

Rathbone Training is a UK wide charity that offers training opportunities for young people in England, Scotland and Wales.  Apprenticeships programmes are delivered across the region and the Preston Centre will be offering a ten week training programme which will result in accreditation and a related work placement.

Mark said: “I am passionate about apprenticeships and a high quality training provider like Rathbone is just what Preston needs to upskill our young people, make them ready for work with good quality training and placements so that they can kickstart of their careers with the right support.”

Alicia Yates, Programme Co-ordinator in Preston said: “Our new Rathbone Training centre in Preston offers a 10 week ESF funded Moving On programme, based around work experience and employability skills. Our programme engages learners through a City and Guild's employability qualification and a work placement in their chosen industry, to encourage them to progress successfully with their future career aspirations.”

Megan Mottershead is a seventeen year old learner from Bamber Bridge. She has previously attended another college which did not engage her in learning.  Megan said: “I chose Rathbone Training because I believe I can come out achieving. Rathbone Training has a more relaxed atmosphere and I am happier here than I was at my old college.”

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