Training programme at Wrexham itec helping local people onto jobs ladder

An innovative training programme in Wrexham which is supporting local people into employment has today [Thursday 1 October] been praised by Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths.

Wrexham Council’s ‘Skills and Employment Training Project’ offers a range of courses to up-skill and empower people in North Wales, including CV writing, interview techniques and confidence building, as well as qualifications in construction, childcare, and retail.

The project is supported by the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places regeneration programme, which has invested almost £10.6 million to tackle poverty and increase prosperity in Wrexham.

Other local businesses also work closely with the training project, providing students with apprenticeship and work experience opportunities. This hands-on experience helps participants put the skills and techniques they have learnt into practice.

Lesley Griffiths today visited Wrexham itec to meet students and businesses who conduct mock interviews and to present certificates to those on the Foundations Course.

Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths, said:

“The right skills can transform people’s lives – opening doors to exciting job opportunities and building confidence for the future. This project here in Wrexham is doing just that, giving students both the qualifications and hands-on experience local people need to succeed.

“For this reason, I’m delighted we have been able to support the VVP programme in Wrexham with almost £10.6m. The regeneration programme is helping to tackle unemployment and increase prosperity in the town.

“I am particularly pleased to see the commitment of local businesses to giving students apprenticeship and work experience opportunities. This is a win-win partnership, which will strengthen the skilled workforce in Wrexham for years to come.”

Councillor Michael Williams, Lead Member for Education, said: “This is a really good example of Wrexham Council’s commitment to Lifelong Learning, by ensuring that young people are well equipped to enter the world of work.”