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Seddon Construction awards ProCo NW Learner

Construction Skills Learner, Kyle Golden has been awarded most improved construction learner at ProCo NW.

Kyle was nominated by plastering tutor, Dave Gee who said: "Kyle is a decent, honest young person who always does as he is told. He always gets on with his work and he is very trustworthy."

Ryan Jones, Project Manager at Seddon Construction, presents Kyle with a trophy and prize which was donated by the company.

Our picture shows: Project Manager at Seddon Construction, Ryan Jones, presenting Kyle Golden with his award.

Learner Forum launched

A Learner Forum has been launched at ProCo NW this month to help the training provider improve provision for learners.

Seven learners from different vocational areas sat with the Chief Executive, Carol Halford and Quality Manager, Jessica Nugent to share their views, opinions and discuss positives and suggest ways of improvement.

Each member of the learner forum has the responsibility of asking their classes views and suggestions and share these at the forum.

Feedback from the first Learner Forum is now being analysed by ProCo NW’s Quality team and will be fed back to staff and learners in the next few weeks.

The forum will take place every three months and the next forum is due to take place in February.


Construction bosses advise our construction learners

Leading figures in the construction industry spoke to our learners about their career path and future job opportunities in the industry.

Tony Costello and Ryan Jones from Seddon Construction, Tony Dougan from ISG, and Anthony Connor from LJ roofing, informed our learners about their career journey and how they progressed through the trade.

All four guest speakers started their careers as apprentices and have worked their way up and progressed through learning whilst working.

Our guests also gave advice about what qualities they look for in an apprentice and how to impress in interviews.

Lucy Johnson, Information, Advice and Guidance Officer at ProCo NW said: "It is a great opportunity for our learners to have a chance to speak to representatives from Seddon and ISG and learn how they progressed in the construction industry.

"Our learners found the speeches interesting and it was beneficial for them to see how completing one of our study programme courses can lead to job opportunities in large construction companies."


Animal Care learners awarded Health & Safety Certificate

Our Level 1 Animal Care learners have passed their health and safety certificate as part of their study programme course.

Shannon Lucas, Adam Curran, Liam Ashcroft, Alisha Turner, Dillon Prior, Megan Scrivens, Liam O’Toole, Lewis Gaskell, Bradley Dove, Jessica Hudson, Nicole Bamber, Katie Bladen all completed the certificate – a mandatory unit of their Animal Care course.

To achieve the certificate learners had to complete an online health and safety exam after attending theory sessions for the unit.

Congratulations and well done to our learners.

Our picture shows (left-to right) Lewis Gaskell, Liam Ashcroft, Nicole Bamber, Alisha Turner, Shannon Lucas, Dillon Prior and Adam Curran.


ProCo NW welcomes international partners to Wigan

ProCo NW welcomed representatives from international training organisations and businesses to Wigan in November.

Representatives from Malta, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, and Aruba travelled to the North West to spend a day with our learners and tutors to understand what ProCo NW offers Wigan’s young people.

ProCo NW works with a company called Everything is Possible and international training providers and businesses to give young people the opportunity to work abroad for two weeks in their chosen occupational area.

As well as showing them around of three sites we also took our guests around DW Stadium and Wigan Youth Zone.

Hosting this event for our international partners opened up more opportunities for our learners to work on international projects.

Last year, our joinery learners travelled to Sweden whilst our construction learners went to Estonia to build a skate park for Estonian youths.


Eco-Schools success

ProCo NW hosted Wigan Council’s Eco-schools event and welcomed more than 100 primary school pupils and staff at our Montrose site.

We held activities for the pupils during the day including showing the pupils our animals on the farm, organising an assault course and other games on the farm. Workshops were run throughout the day for staff and information stands were also set up around our site.

We received excellent feedback on the day, one school teacher commented: "the children loved visiting the farm; they especially liked holding the animals."

This is the second year ProCo NW has hosted the Council event.

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