Helping businesses to help employees

PM Training works in partnership with businesses to support training and development of their own workforce. This gives employers a chance to support individuals through their own personal and professional development. These work-based programmes are nationally accredited and recognised qualifications, achieved in the workplace during business hours. Examples of the courses include: Customer Service NVQ, … Continued

Carving out a career as a carpenter

River Zyla has a clear idea what he wants to do with his life and he is taking the first step with PM Training. The 16-year-old, pictured with his dad Richard, is currently a pupil at the University Academy in Kidsgrove, but he wants a career in carpentry in the future. He said: “I spoke … Continued

Apprentices are part of our success story

A FAMILY firm with a business model which creates jobs for young people, has bucked the trend and expanded throughout the recession. UK Windows was set up 12 years ago and now boasts 45 staff, a £4.5m annual turnover and a new 30,000 sq ft factory in Milburn Road, Cobridge. Managing Director Richard Barlow believes … Continued

Painting and decorating apprentice

Career in construction is a ‘dream come true’ for dedicated Kelly

Kelly Campbell is working for builder and developer Seddon on its Slater Street site after completing a five-week Prepare for Work course with Aspire Housing. Kelly, who is one of three women tradespeople on the site, was fascinated with construction from a young age, but she was told it was a man’s world and she … Continued

Business admin apprentices

Jobs for young people in the sweet trade

Daniel’s Delights, has recently moved to a new factory in Montrose Street, Fenton, and Ken Harrison, managing director is planning to double the business in the next five years.   He has taken on two apprentices from PM Training this year and in the future that figure is set to increase, with plans to employ … Continued

Boost your social value by using PM Training’s partners

Sourcing training providers for a business can be time consuming and a headache. At PM Training a wide range of short courses are on offer through partnerships with other local providers at the same price, with the added benefit of 10% of the course fee being re-invested into apprenticeships through GiftAid via the Realise Foundation. … Continued

Changing the housing apprenticeships for the future

  Radical changes are being made to reform the look and feel of apprenticeship in the housing industry as part of the Government’s trailblazer project, set to be introduced later this year. These changes are being led by the Aspire Group Head of Regeneration Tim Edwards, supported by the National Housing Federation, together with Chartered … Continued

300th apprentice

Milestone for Aspire as 300th apprentice is taken on

The Aspire Group has demonstrated its commitment to creating apprenticeships in housing by recently taking on its 300th apprentice. Aspire Housing manages 9,000 homes in Staffordshire and Cheshire, and it bought PM Training in 2008 in order to help young people into work. Since then, PM Training has trebled in size and has helped thousands … Continued

Young people risk being locked into disadvantage, report warns

School leavers may not be able to undertake apprenticeships in the future because of Government reforms, a report has warned. The effect of changes to the funding and academic standards of apprenticeships has the potential to lock many young people permanently into unqualified jobs or no job at all, the report has said. The research, … Continued

Tatton Flower Show

National garden show winners

A unique vegetable garden designed by PM Training was awarded silver at Tatton Flower Show. itled The Forgotten Corner, the design cleverly used raised beds to grow fresh vegetables, making use of that awkward corner often found behind sheds or garages. Designer Carl Gerrard said: “The garden consists of a number of raised beds that … Continued