New centre to offerDanish style training

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A former sixth form tutor and volunteer service boss have joined forces to set up a new training centre for Preston’s teens.

Creativity Works Preston is a new learning centre in the heart of Preston City Centre aimed at filling the void left when the CVS facilty closed last year.

It was set up by creativity director Steve Egan and Paul Wallace, the former head of sixth form at Carr Hill High School in Kirkham.

The former CVS was used city centre vocational base by Carr Hill, but the Preston centre was closed when the CVS pulled out.

A former flooring shop in Shepherd Street has been transformed into a multi discipline centre offering a variety of media-related vocational training opportunities from TV and radio production and music recording, to hair and beauty.

Working in partnership with local schools and Preston’s College, the aim of the centre is to provide alternative education for young people aged 14-19.

Based on the Danish ‘production education’ model it involves young people learning through the production of goods and services which they will be encouraged to promote and sell.

These could range from making a CD in the recording studio and selling it in the salon.

Steve said: “CWP will be a truly local and young people responsive charity that will put the needs of young people first. We will focus on young people who, for whatever reason, have not yet been able to fulfil their true potential. We have already made exceptional progress in changing and challenging behaviour and this project will continue to raise the hopes and expectations of young people while preparing them for the next steps in their lives. We are extremely grateful for all the support we have received.”

The centre will be officially opened by PNE captain John Welsh on Wednesday.