A century after pioneering youth campaigner Elfrida Rathbone opened her first school for disadvantaged children in London the training charity that her work paved the way for is opening a new centre offering European Social Fund (ESF) funded work based learning opportunities for young people in Lancashire.
The Mayor of Preston Councillor John Collins was invited to officially open Rathbone Training’s centre at a celebration event on Friday, October 7th.
The centre, which is being run in partnership with Preston College, is offering 16-24 year olds the chance to learn while they earn through traineeship and apprenticeship opportunities with a diverse range of local employers.
“It is a real privilege to be invited to open this new centre which is providing really valuable service helping young people get the training they need to get into work,” said Councillor John Collins.
Representatives from community partners including Lancashire County Council and New Directions also attended the opening event.
“We’re absolutely delighted to be working with Preston College to open this centre and continue the important legacy of helping young people to fulfil their potential which was forged by our founder Elfrida Rathbone,” said Linda Dean, Managing Director of Rathbone Training.
“Our new facility provides a fantastic opportunity to support young people from across Lancashire into employment and ensure they have the skills they need to progress which will benefit the regional economy and support local communities.”
Rathbone Training is part of NCG, one of the UK’s leading education and training providers which aims to support its customers to unlock their potential through learning.
Rathbone Training has centres across England, Scotland and Wales and last year supported over 10,000 young people across the UK.