Builder teams up with Preston’s College

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A training provider has joined forces with a city college to expand its offering.

The Eric Wright Learning Foundation (EWLF) has teamed up with Preston’s College where it will offer more training courses.

The Leyland-based training organisation has provided construction training to schools in South Ribble and Chorley since 2005, helping more than 1,000 young people to learn practical skills and prepare for further education and employment.

Designed to complement GCSE programmes, the courses teach a range of skills, including joinery, bricklaying and painting and decorating.

From September this year onwards, students will be taught at Preston’s College in a ‘real work environment’, sponsored by the EWLF. Participants will have a wider choice of courses, including BTECs and the City and Guilds TechBac course, a new curriculum that will provide a professional pathway to a chosen career.

They will also have access to the college’s new £13m science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) centre, which is currently under construction and will officially open in time for the autumn term.

Eric Wright, founder of the Eric Wright Learning Foundation, said: “We see this partnership as a way to build on the great work we have done over the past 10 years and will be working together with Preston’s College to provide learners with an experience that truly reflects a typical working day.”

Dr Lis Smith, principal and chief executive of Preston’s College, added: “The EWLF has done some fantastic work over the years and through its work with young people, the foundation is at the forefront of developing employer-led courses and curriculum.”