Burnley is the new base for a training centre set up to get people out of unemployment.
The Training Hub on Network 65 Business Park is a second centre for the Transport Training Academy, following on from its headquarters in Atherton.
TTA was formed in 2004 to offer driving assessments to small and medium-size transport companies, before expanding into a variety of training to the transport, distribution and logistics sector.
But now it also trains the unemployed to QCF/NVQ and apprenticeship level and become ‘pre-employment graduates’.
Lee Stewart, head of teaching, learning and quality, says 62 per cent of learners from TTA’s two sector-specific pre-employability courses – warehouse and storage and driving goods vehicles – move directly into employment after qualification.
“We are the only organisation in the region that offers the training we do,” he said. “We give people on Job Seekers’ Allowance a step on the ladder and it’s free for them.
“These are real skills that they can put on their CV and back it up – it’s not just a piece of paper.
“For pre-employment, we want our job outcomes to be more than 60 per cent; that’s 60 per cent of people finding a job within six months.
“A lot of it is down to them, but it gives them extra leverage such as going away with a forklift truck certificate.”
The firm also finds work for HGV drivers and even advises and offers courses to former military personnel on their return to civilian life.
Mr Stewart added: “A forklift truck course costs £500, but they get it for free and we draw the money down from the Government.
“The employers can’t afford that so we can draw down the funding to do a QCS, which is like the old NVQs. We have a had people start a job the week after they finish with us and others who are in pre-employment who have been promised a job if they, for example, get their counter balance, which is the truck used in the yard loading and unloading vehicles.