About NLTG

About NLTG

Welcome to North Lancs Training Group

Our Mission

Welcome to North Lancs Training Group. We are one of the largest training providers in the country and we pride ourselves on the quality of services we provide to our learners and employers. We are committed to the continuous improvement of our service and we employ a team of professional people who are constantly undertaking training and development. We are dedicated to total learner satisfaction, with the emphasis on individuals and their needs. We deliver Intermediate Level 2, Advanced Level 3 and now Higher Level 4 Apprenticeships in a wide variety of occupations - Furniture Occupations, Woodmachining, Business Administration, Customer Service, Information Technology, Catering and Hospitality, Food Manufacturing, General Manufacturing, Warehouse and Storage, Glass Occupations, Carpentry and Joinery, Team Leading and Management and Retail. NLTG also offers Traineeships and our popular Study Programme; these are exciting pre-Apprenticeship programmes tailored to suit the needs of young people. They were introduced in 2013 and aim to help young people who are not yet ready, or able, to directly enter employment or an Apprenticeship.

A letter from the MD

“We have around 3,000 people on NVQ courses and 80 to 90 training officers, as well as experts in computer skills, customer services and 20 full-time teachers working for us. We have a fantastic team of people. They have dedication to their job and believe in what they’re doing. It’s a delight to be involved in the development of people’s careers.”

Jim Harkness

NLTG was founded in 1969

Owned by approximately 45, mainly furniture, companies located in the North West of England and Northern Ireland.

We work with over 1200 companies including Sofology, Lancashire Constabulary and Costa Coffee.

of our Apprenticeships lead to a permanent job with 90% staying with the same employer.

Some great companies we work with...

Costa Coffee Apprenticeships Logo Lancashire County Council Apprenticeships Logo James Places Apprenticeships Logo Sofology Apprenticeships Logo Lancashire Police logo

NLTG Timeline

2016
Apr 01

Collette Humphreys becomes Operations Director

Collette Humphreys becomes Operations Director and celebrates 30yrs of service with the company.

Feb 01

NLTG awarded a record number of Gold Medals

Record number of City & Guilds Gold Medals for Excellence awarded to NLTG i.e. 8

2015
Nov 01

Gareth Lindsay becomes Operations Director

Gareth Lindsay was made an Operations Director of the company.

2014
Jun 16

NLTG win the City & Guilds Lion Award again

Three-time winner of the City & Guilds Lion Award for Recognition of Centre Excellence.

2013
Aug 29

New Building in Fleetwood purchased

Old Gas Workers Social Club purchased in Fleetwood for £275,000 with £1m being invested to converted it to house or Fleetwood Study Programme provision. The building was opened by Steve Davis OBE on 22nd October 2014.

Jun 17

NLTG retain the City & Guilds Lion Award

We won the City & Guilds Lion Award for Recognition of Centre Excellence again in 2013 to make it 2 years on the bounce.

Jan 01

Jim celebrates 40 years

Jim celebrates 40 years of service to the company with a trophy from all of the team and a letter from HRH the Duke of York.

2012
Mar 15

NLTG Win the City & Guilds Lion Award for Recognition of Centre Excellence

This was a new award introduced at the Lion Awards to signify the college or Training Provider with the highest number of Gold Medals for Excellence.

2011
Mar 10

Jim Harkness awarded MBE

Jim Harkness awarded MBE for his more than 38 years of services to training.

Mar 01

Vocational Centre of Excellence opened in Accrington

Vocational Centre of Excellence opened in Accrington with NLTG investing £2.4m in the premises to house our ever growing team including a state-of-the-art Catering and Hospitality Training Centre.

2009
Aug 28

40th Anniversary

We celebrated our 40th Anniversary in style with a special dinner at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Accrington.

Jul 16

Lucianne Hinch is runner up of the National Apprentice of the Year award

NLTG learner Lucianne Hinch finishes as runner up for the National Apprentice of the Year award.

2008
Jun 18

Claire Harrison wins the National Apprentice of the Year award

NLTG learner Claire Harrison beats 250,000 apprentices to win the National Apprentice of the Year award. This would keep the prestigious award with NLTG for a second year running.

2007
Jun 20

Jonathan Pearson wins the National Apprentice of the Year award

NLTG learner Jonathan Pearson wins the National Apprentice of the Year award out of 250,000 work-based learning apprentices.

2004
Oct 05

Furniture Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) opened

Our Furniture Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) was officially opened by Lord Kirkham, owner of DFS Furniture Stores.

Mar 05

Bradshawgate premises opened by HRH The Duke of York

Bradshawgate premises officially opened by HRH The Duke of York KCVO ADC on the 5th March.

2002
Dec 01

Bradshawgate premises bought

Bradshawgate premises bought for £830,000 to house ever increasing staff numbers, a Furniture Training School and a car park. Refurbishment began in 2003.

1998
Mar 01

Pam becomes Operations Director

It was agreed to make Pam Mallabourn a Director of the company with the title Operations Director

1997
Nov 01

Dutton Street premises bought

Dutton Street premises bought for £85,000 due to increase in staff numbers.

1996
Jul 01

The Patron’s Company was formed

A meeting was held about the Outward Bound Trust for help and support financially. The Patron’s Company was formed and was backed by NLTG to the tune of £10,000 per year.

Jun 01

Infant Street premises opened

Infant Street premises bought due to increased staff numbers and was opened in June 1996.

1993
Jan 01

We received the Investors in People award.

We applied for it in February 1992 but had to wait until December before people were trained so we could be assessed.

1992
Jan 15

Jim becomes Managing Director

Jim Harkness was offered a Directorship of the company and his title became Managing Director.

1985
Jan 01

We became a Ltd Company with a Board of Directors

To protect our considerable assets it was decided to hold an extraordinary General Meeting and for the Group to become a Limited company with a Board of Directors.

1984
Jan 01

The Tramway public house was purchased

Due to an increase in staff a larger premise was needed. The Tramway public house was purchased and converted to offices. We moved in during 1985.

1981
Jan 01

Pam Mallabourn joined the group

Pam Mallabourn joined the group as a Training Officer on 1st January 1981.

1980
May 01

Our first premises bought

After looking at several premises, it was decided to offer £7000 for 85 Whalley Road.

1977
Dec 01

Outward Bound courses started

Outward Bound courses started for the best 12 Apprentices and it was to be an annual event.

1973
Jan 01

Jim Harkness appointed as Group Training Officer

Jim Harkness starts as the new Group Training Officer on the 1st January 1973 on an 18 month contract.

1969
Aug 28

North East Lancs Training Group was formed

North East Lancs Training Group was formed and funded by the furniture and timber training board. First executive meeting was held and hired the first Training Officer.