From education to employment

The opening of Bolton’s pioneering training source is set to influence employment rates further


Leading national Recruitment and Training Solutions Provider, Qube Learning (@QubeLearning), are eagerly awaiting this month when their innovative Kick Start Centre will open its doors, to welcome those looking for training and employment, in the city. Situated on Knowsley Street, the centre aims to make it easier for the people to access further education services and is open to anyone looking for training to help gain employment, or to train in new skills to aid progression, within their existing job role.

In January 2021, data from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) revealed that unemployment has increased by 80% in Bolton, over the past year. The DWP showing the alternative claimant count, which records people who are unemployed and searching for work, shows 15,720 people were looking for a job in November 2020, an increase from 7,010 in the previous year. Youth unemployment was up by 109%, as 2,973 of the borough’s 18-24-year-olds were looking for work, compared with 1,549 in 2019. As of 10 December 2020, 32,019 people were claiming universal credit in the borough, an increase of 670 from 12 November. ‘These are notable statistics that need confronting and resolving, imminently. Our key objective is to change the city’s unemployment position’ Adrian Grove, Business Development Director of Qube Learning, says.

The Kick Start Centre is a place designed to facilitate people who wish to work in a vocational capacity, over the age of 16, with or without traditional qualifications, from anywhere in the city. The location is a comfortable setting for young individuals to network and find the support they require, whether it be after GCSEs, moving up the ladder, or if they have lost direction or faith in their abilities because of effects of the global pandemic.

Adrian Grove says: ‘The worldwide health crisis has impacted an immeasurable number of businesses and we believe that encouraging Traineeships, that hopefully turn into full-time employment, will make a very positive difference to the economy in this region. With a less conventional way into learning, while gaining relevant exposure in certain industries, this viable route, with which we have seen so many successes, can assist in moulding a future that some individuals never thought possible. We are a welcoming team at the centre; we work closely with the Student and the Employer, to ensure it is a fluid journey that creates constructive change, for all those involved’.

The Bolton Kick Start Centre consists of a large reception area, two meeting rooms downstairs, and three interview spaces upstairs, and comes equipped with a kitchen area and disabled access. There will be a drop-in basis for those over the age of 16, anytime, without needing an appointment.

Qube Learning is a proud to be an OFSTED grade 2 (Good) Recruitment and Training Solutions Provider that works with hundreds of Employers across the country to deliver a range of training and qualifications to a multitude of Students. If you are interested in finding out more about the positive opportunities an Apprenticeship or Traineeship can bring, through Qube Vision and eLearning, either as a Student or an Employer, then speak with the experts at Qube Learning.

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