?The Chief Executive of Wigan Council has visited Rathbone Training to find out more about the support the charity provides to help young people find employment.
Donna Hall met with learners and staff at Rathbone Training’s centre, at Mesnes House, on Bridgeman Terrace, to ask them how the council could do more to ensure young people in Wigan get the training and support they need to get a job.
“It’s been a pleasure to see the enthusiasm of the staff and learners at Rathbone Training and see first-hand the difference the centre is making to young people’s lives,” said Donna Hall.
“It’s important that Wigan Council, training providers like Rathbone Training and local schools all work closely together to provide young people with a clear and well supported path to further their education or a job.”
Rathbone Training is a UK-wide youth charity providing training and qualifications enabling 14-24 year olds to achieve their goals, whether that is a job, a place at college, an apprenticeship or a work placement.
Amongst the young people Donna met on her visit was Ryan Smalley, a business administration apprentice who works in Rathbone Training’s Wigan centre.
Ryan has recently trained to become a Rathbone Training ‘Apprentice Ambassador’ tasked with going out into the community to talk to other young people and partner organisations about what an apprenticeship can offer.
“It was very nice to meet the Chief Executive of Wigan Council and being able to tell her how I managed to get an apprenticeship through Rathbone Training. It was also nice to see a high representative of the council come to Rathbone Training and see the work we do to help young people and for her to take an interest in us,” said Ryan Smalley.
Rathbone Training is well-established in Wigan and has provided support to local young people like Ryan for over 10 years.