Corrie stars celebrate training anniversary

THE success of a new skills service in the North-East was celebrated with a special visit from Coronation Street stars, one year after its launch.

THE success of a new skills service in the North-East was celebrated with a special visit from Coronation Street stars, one year after its launch.

Soap favourites Roy and Hayley Cropper returned to the region yesterday to mark the first anniversary of the launch of the skills service, Train to Gain.

David Neilson and Julie Hesmondhaulgh, alias Roy and Hayley, helped to launch Train to Gain in the North-East last September.

Since its launch at the Baltic, Gateshead, Train to Gain, which is jointly funded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) North-East and One NorthEast, has engaged more than 3,350 employers and assisted 17,590 learners in the region.

The service is at the heart of the skills campaign, “It’s in Our Hands” launched in the North-East in June by former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton. Train to Gain aims to help organisations get the training they need to stay ahead in a competitive environment by improving the skills of the workforce.

Chris Roberts, regional director, LSC North-East, said: “The Train to Gain service has been extremely well received in the North-East. To date, 3,350 employers have been engaged in the service, 80% of whom were categorised as ‘hard to reach’. A total of 17,590 learners have benefited from training as a result of Train to Gain, placing the LSC North-East in the top three LSC regions for its performance.”

To find out more about how Train to Gain can help, employers should call 0800 015 55 45 or visit traintogain.gov.uk.

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