Total People launch new Macclesfield training centre

Total People were delighted to welcome the Mayor of Macclesfield Cllr Alift Harewood-Jones and the Mayor’s Consort Peter Jones to launch the opening of its new training centre in Macclesfield on 8th November 2016.

Ribbon cutting ceremony. From left: The Mayor and Consort.

Ribbon cutting ceremony. From left: The Mayor and Consort.

The Mayor and Consort were amongst a long list of guests invited to celebrate the event, which commenced with an official ribbon cutting ceremony and speeches. The Mayor, who having shared the important role training and development had played throughout her working life, provided inspiring and encouraging words to the learners, adding;

‘You may take a step forward, you may take a step sideward, but the important thing is to keep taking steps and to keep learning to get to where you want to be’.

Celebrations continued with a presentation of the facilities, followed by afternoon tea and cakes, which were prepared by the learners and enjoyed by all the guests.

Facilities at the new training centre have been developed to enhance the opportunities available to young people in post-16 education in the local area, including Traineeships and Pathway to Apprenticeship programmes, which aid preparing them to enter employment and onto Apprenticeship qualifications.

The state of the art training rooms are also equipped to support some of the 4000 learners undertaking intermediate and advanced Apprenticeships in key sectors including Childcare and Hairdressing and Barbering, as well as a wide range of higher level Apprenticeships.

Afternoon tea. From left: Jade Wardle

Afternoon tea. From left: Jade Wardle

Commenting on the opening, Nigel Hartley Managing Director of Total People stated;

‘Located in the heart of Macclesfield, the new training centre aims to bring Apprenticeships back to the area. It provides the perfect setting for young people to come and train in a modern and exciting environment, from Pathways to Apprenticeship programmes through to Higher Apprenticeships, it caters for all levels of learning and all types of learners.’

Jade Wardle, currently on the Pathways to Apprenticeship programme commented;

“I am really enjoying my course and I have learnt so much already doing my work experience. All of the staff are really friendly and supportive, they want you to do your best and always help you achieve it.’

From left: Gaynor Holland, John Thornhill and Joanne Marshall.

From left: Gaynor Holland, John Thornhill and Joanne Marshall.

Supported Internships are also delivered at the training centre. The structured study programmes include a work experience placement and enable young people aged 16-24 with learning difficulties or disabilities to achieve sustainable, paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need for work, through learning in the work place.

Observing the event, LTE Group’s Chief Executive John Thornhill summarised:

‘It was fantastic to see the launch of the new Total People facility in Macclesfield and to see the hard work of all the staff involved accumulate into an overall success. I would like to extend a special thank you to Jade Wardle, one of our apprentices who did the catering for the event and to Madam Mayor and her Consort for opening the facility for us.’

Macclesfield is just one of 14 training centres Total People have in the North West, adding to its offering of providing exciting and inspiring training, in a welcoming and supportive environment for young people seeking to develop and grow through vocational training.