Preston Vocational Centre scoops award for helping youngsters reach their potential

Posted on - 27th November, 2019 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Preston News, Ribbleton
The PVC team at the 2019 Selnet Enterprise in Society awards
Martin Grayston, Centre Manager, front right, with the rest of the PVC team, at the 2019 Selnet Enterprise in Society awards

A social enterprise that provides construction training to young people and adults has been recognised for its hard work and commitment.


Preston Vocational Centre (PVC) was presented with the prestigious Social Enterprise of the Year award at the annual Enterprise in Society awards, which recognise the important work of social enterprises in and around Lancashire.

Speaking of the award, Centre Manager Martin Grayston highlighted the dedication of his team and the wider support received from their parent company Community Gateway.

He said: “We are very proud to receive the prestigious Selnet Social Enterprise of the Year award for the second consecutive year. Not only does the award highlight the hard work and dedication of our team, but it also reinforces our position and reputation amongst schools, colleges and businesses in and around Preston.

“Our continued success in helping local young people and adults reach their potential has seen us become oversubscribed in recent years. Moving forward, we are looking to make further investment in new training and IT equipment.”

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The PVC team at their Preston base
The PVC team at their Preston base

Based just outside Preston city centre, PVC focuses on providing vocational training in various areas including carpentry, decorating and bricklaying. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the centre has helped more than 6,000 local young people and adults to date, with more than 50 per cent of these coming from alternative education routes.

Employing a holistic approach, including confidence building and social and life-skills training, PVC has seen 93 per cent of attendees go on to further training, apprenticeships or full-time employment.

To find out more visit the PVC website.

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