A BLACKBURN based training provider is delivering a new pathway for young people who left school during the pandemic.

Training 2000, based on Furthergate Business Park, Harwood Street, hopes to help youngsters bridge the gap between leaving school and going on to an apprenticeship of full time job at a time when young peoples' prospects have been hit hard.

A range of traineeships will be available, focusing on preparing 16 to 18 year olds for the world of work and have been calibrated with the impact that the pandemic has had on learning and employment prospects.

Lead Tutor Jonathon Ayling said: “We have updated our employability section of the Traineeship to reflect the needs of learners whose learning has been disrupted by Covid-19.”

“We have adapted the sessions to ensure they are engaging and interactive for learners who are working from home with the current restrictions.

"Learners are keen to get back and prepare themselves for work.”

Training 2000 was first established over 50 years ago and is part of the larger Group Training Association that offers business solutions and commercial courses along with apprenticeship and traineeships programmes across multiple industry sectors around the country.

The organisation employs over 160 people in order to further this aim.

In 2017 Training 2000 also became a part of the University of Central Lancashire, meaning that learners can use the schemes as a direct pathway to degree level apprenticeships.

The provider says that all usual classroom teaching will be taking place remotely, meaning that learners can start from home.

Programmes will be made up of a combination of live learning sessions, one-to-one tutorials using Microsoft Teams and recorded sessions aimed at helping school leavers gain knowledge and understanding of their chosen vocational area as well as employability skills to aid them in their future careers.

To find out more about Training 2000 go to: https://www.training2000.co.uk/.