Painting with a positive mental attitude

Passion, enthusiasm and positivity are the three cornerstones of success according to one former PM Training apprentice who has climbed the ladder of opportunity. Mark Findler is proud of his accomplishments since setting up in business 25 years ago, and rightly so. The 49-year-old proprietor of Mark Findler Decorating Services employs three people and decorates … Continued

Horticulture apprentice wins prestigious award

Pic: L-R Lianne Birch-Barnett Cemetery Operative, Michael Canavan and Andy Mayer from  PM Training, and Nick Goodwin and Paul Barlow from Stoke-on-Trent City Council  An apprentice with a wealth of plant knowledge has won a national award. 25-year-old Lianne Birch-Barnett, from Bentilee, has passed her Level 2 NVQ Horticulture with PM Training and has completed her … Continued

Chris Sanders

Supervisor qualified

L-R PM Assessor Simon Smith with Chris Sanders A boss seeking a ‘knowledge refresh’ is the first PM Training learner to become a qualified supervisor. Chris Sanders, manager of Trades & Labourers Limited in Silverdale, signed up for an Occupational Work Supervision Level 3 to pick up some tips for the day to day running … Continued

New website and brand launch

On Tuesday October 18, Aspire Housing, PM Training and the Realise Foundation will refresh our brand to reflect our future ambitions and define who we are. Following recent work to develop our new Vision, Values, and Corporate Plan, we’re changing the look and feel of things to fit the new direction. We are creating a … Continued

Castle Property Services Apprentices

Apprentices give the right attitude and work ethic

Castle Property Services is a property refurbishment company with social enterprise at its heart. The Newcastle-based firm started life as a ground work and landscaping company in 2001, thanks to a starter business grant for young people. And founder Simon Cheshire believes in helping other young people to succeed. He said: “I started out on … Continued

Buzzard landmark created with apprentices

Internationally renowned sculptor Andy Edwards, famous for creating The Beatles at the Waterfront in Liverpool, and the Christmas Truce statue in Belgium, has created a beautiful buzzard sculpture. The 12ft mild steel sculpture commissioned by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, has taken two months to complete. The breathtaking piece was created in Andy’s new studio at PM Training … Continued

Stoke City legend Andy Wilkinson is ‘blown away’ by PM Training

The Potters' local hero Andy Wilkinson has been unveiled as a PM Training ambassador, inspiring dozens of young people to succeed. The defender welcomed the latest intake of 40 young learners to the PM Training centre in Shelton and spoke to them about his career. He said: “I been to visit PM Training a few times … Continued

New training centre targets skills shortage in the construction industry

The largest apprenticeships provider in Staffordshire has created a £100,000 state-of-the-art centre dedicated to training gas and plumbing engineers. PM Training, in Stoke-on-Trent, is expanding its offer in a bid to help fill the skills shortage in the construction industry. The new centre boasts practical work areas and classrooms to accommodate up to 32 gas … Continued

Artworks tell a story

Two unique art sculptures created by PM Training apprentices have been installed ahead of the opening of an extra care village. The Willow Barns apartments for retirees in Consett Road, Blurton, has a foyer full of creative flair, thanks to Artworks at PM Training. Artworks is an urban art and street furniture service, based at PM … Continued

PM Training helps students to improve lives in Africa

Three Keele University students have enrolled at PM Training for a crash course in bricklaying from the experts. The undergraduates who will travel to Africa this summer on a volunteering building project, are getting to grips with joints and levelling thanks to bricklaying tutor Ian Stanton. Andy Wakefield, Giulia D’Incecco and Jack Tacchi will use … Continued