The Pendle Vision Board has utilised facilities at a new training facility in Nelson.
It is at Nelson and Colne College’s Apprenticeship and Training Centre in the heart of town.
Pendle Vision is made up of key employers and private sector businesses, who have come together to ensure a very bright future for Pendle by offering their considerable joint expertise and experience to Pendle Council.
While advising on the long-term economic development of the borough, Pendle Vision has three main strategic priorities – to assist with regeneration of Nelson town centre, develop key strategic employment sites and promote business support initiatives.
Nelson and Colne College has recently taken over the old Connexions building on Scotland Road in order to open its new training centre. Offering advice and guidance to both prospective apprentices and employers, plus information about the range of bespoke business training packages available, the centre aims to be a “hub” for development through training.
The college was therefore delighted to be approached by Pendle Vision as a venue for their meeting and was pleased to welcome the chairman of the Vision Board, Dennis Mendoros, of Euravia, plus key business leaders including Stephen Barnes of Pendle Council; Kevin Clark of Enterprise Lancashire; Mike Damms of Chamber of Commerce East Lancashire; Coun. Tony Beckett of Pendle Council; Jane Cleaver of Concept4/Printoff Graphic Designs; Alun Hall of Wardle Storeys; Richard Logan of Silentnight; Tim Webber of Barnfield Construction; Martin Hardisty of NR Engineering; Steve Cochrane of Regenerate Pennine Lancashire; Martin Kelly of Lancashire County Council; Rob Scott of Denwa; along with guest speaker John Pilkington of Superfast Lancashire.
Prior to the meeting, college principal Amanda Melton told visitors a little more about the Apprenticeship and Training Centre and its vision to become the first port of call for companies in Pendle who are looking to up-skill their existing staff or who are looking for their next star employee.
She said: “The centre is the culmination of an excellent partnership of employers, Pendle Council and Lancashire County Council, Job Centre Plus, Together Housing and other organisations with a keen interest in matching young people’s skills to employer need.
“Located in the heart of Nelson, the ‘shop’ creates a physical space to link employers to the training and skill development of young people and to recruit young talented people locally.
“The shop not only advertises apprenticeship and job vacancies, but it provides access to young talent, supplies initial assessment and interview services to enable employers to sift applicants more effectively, and delivers training to fill the skills gaps which are identified.
“The opportunities for Pendle’s employers to contribute to the economic development both regionally and internationally is tremendous as long as they can access a supply of talented young people.”
She added: “The new centre will act as an information hub to inform schools, colleges and training providers locally about essential skill requirements for employers, so we can be sure that education and training meets that need.
“Priorities in schools are firmly ensuring leavers have the essential building blocks to enable them to enter apprenticeships and college courses successfully.
“We now need to make sure that our understanding of employers’ expectations in new recruits at all levels is properly understood, communicated and addressed. It is my sincere intention to support that and the new centre is a part of that puzzle.”