Rathbone Training is a British youth charity that transforms the lives of young people through learning. With centres in England, Scotland, and Wales, we reach over 10,000 people each year.

We provide programs to improve Maths and English whilst gaining qualifications and valuable work experience. We also offer apprenticeships in a range of employment sectors and run specialist provision for young people aged 14+ who are partially or fully excluded from school.

We run a number of street level outreach projects to engage young people who are not in education, employment or training.

Rathbone Training is a holder of the Bronze Fair Train National Quality Standard for work experience and the Matrix Standard for Information, Advice and Guidance.


Rathbone Training is a division of NCG, one of the UK’s largest national training and colleges groups.

NCG’s purpose is: Unlocking Potential Through Learning. That’s the simple goal at the heart of everything we do, working with government, employers and partners to help thousands of people start or develop a career.

With a nationwide network of colleges and training centre's and around 2,500 staff, we work with thousands of learners and businesses every year, regionally and nationally, to help them reach their full potential and build a talented workforce through high quality education and training.

NCG operates two training providers Rathbone Training and Intraining.

NCG also operates five colleges:

  • Kidderminster College
  • Newcastle College
  • Newcastle Sixth Form College
  • West Lancashire College
  • Carlisle College 

NCG offers a wide range of vocational Further Education and Higher Education courses and training programmes, including apprenticeships, employability and work place learning.

We are the first Further Education institution in the UK ever to be awarded Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP), which enables us to develop and award our own Honours and Masters degrees.

All five colleges and our training provider, Intraining, were recently inspected by Ofsted and all were found to be Grade 2 Good.

For more information please visit the NCG website

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Here for Equality Information

Our Values

As part of NCG we ascribe to three values:

Our values are not just about what we do, but also about how we do things. Our values drive our behaviours and determine how we work with each other.

Our History

The Rathbones were merchant traders with a social conscience. They made their fortune in 18th century Liverpool when the city was an important transatlantic trading centre.

Our founder, Elfrida Rathbone, believed that ‘All children can learn’ and was a pioneering campaigner for children’s rights. She particularly championed the right of children with learning difficulties to receive an education.

Today we continue her work, helping young people across Britain make positive life choices and improve their lives through work based learning.

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