Preston College has opened a new advice centre in the city centre which aims to provide advice and guidance to young people who are not in employment, education or training.
The ‘Young People’s Advice Centre’ is on Theatre Street near the post office, and will provide information on courses, training opportunities and careers for young people. It will be open five days a week for the next three months.
A spokesperson for Preston College said: “At the moment, our main focus is to attract those young people who are unemployed and out of education.
“They may have had bad experiences in school or have money worries; had an apprenticeship lined up that’s fallen through or simply been late applying.
“Whatever the reason, we aim to remove the barriers that they have and get them into college as soon as possible for a new start.”
“The programmes offered through this initiative are in vocational areas where local employers are recruiting such as retail, care, hospitality and catering & service industries.”
Preston College currently provides training for around 18,000 students on its range of programmes from entry level to higher education and foundation degrees.
A recent Office of National Statistics report shows that nearly one million (973,000) young people across the country are unemployed. However, the last report showed that benefit claimants in Lancashire had fallen.
The Young People’s Advice Centre offers a walk-in system for information and advice between 10 am and 4:30 pm, but appointment booking is advised for more in depth talks.
For more information you can visit the Young People’s Advice Centre or call 01772 22 55 22 to speak to an advisor.