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New college base in Nelson will boost young people's prospects
3:22pm Monday 9th September 2013 in News
AN EMPTY building in Nelson town centre has been re-opened as a base to provide vital help and support to jobseekers and students.
Based in the old Connexions building, Nelson and Colne College now provides advice and training in the town from its Apprenticeship and Training Centre.
It’s part of Pendle Council’s joint effort with the college to increase footfall in Nelson by encouraging students and jobseekers to come in to the town.
Amanda Melton, Nelson and Colne College principal, said: “We’re thrilled to have a presence in the town centre and hope that people will drop-in regularly to see what we can do to help them to gain vital work skills and progress within their career. The centre’s here for anyone who’s interested in signing up for courses or apprenticeships and will we offering a range of workshops aimed at helping people to get back into employment and enhance their CV.
“The centre should also be a first port of call for employers wanting to fill vacancies from the local talent pool of school leavers and college and university graduates. There are interview rooms and areas to conduct initial assessments or induction training.”
All Pendle apprenticeships are being advertised in the centre.
And training for those on Jobseekers Allowance who live in Nelson is being provided on behalf of Pendle Council.
Coun Paul White, who oversees Pendle's enterprise and growth, said: “For a long time we’ve been talking with Nelson and Colne College about how we can join forces and encourage their students to come into Nelson.
“There are at least 3,000 people who use the college and this is a fantastic opportunity to get them into our cafes and shops and reinvigorate the town.”
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