About Us

About NLTG

Welcome to North Lancs Training Group

A letter from the MD

Welcome to North Lancs Training Group. We are one of the largest independent training providers in the country and we pride ourselves on the quality of services we provide to our learners and employers.

We employ a fantastic team of professional people who are constantly undertaking training and development. This includes Apprenticeship tutors, English and Maths tutors, Study Programme and Traineeship tutors and Tutors for courses for the unemployed, all supported by our highly trained support teams.

We are committed to the continuous improvement of our service and are dedicated to total learner and employer satisfaction, with the emphasis on individuals and their needs. Our aim is to make a real difference to every learner’s life and every employers business.

We can recruit Apprentices for employers or train existing members of an employer’s team. We deliver Level 2, Level 3 and Higher Level 4 and 5 Apprenticeships in a wide variety of occupations - Furniture Occupations, Business Administration, Customer Service, Information Technology, Catering and Hospitality, General Manufacturing, Warehouse and Storage, Trade Supplies, Glass Occupations, Carpentry and Joinery, Team Leading and Management and Retail. We have recently developed an Apprenticeship programme for those working in Insurance and will soon begin to offer Digital Marketing Apprenticeships.
NLTG also offers Traineeships and our popular Study Programme; these are exciting pre-Apprenticeship programmes tailored to suit the needs of young people. These programmes aim to help young people who are not yet ready, or able, to directly enter employment or an Apprenticeship.

Our courses for the unemployed, delivered at Our Old Bakery and Oldham premises have assisted many people in returning to the world of work and creating a better life for themselves.

We also offer a full range of commercial training options, including compliance training and bespoke training design and delivery in addition to a wide range of Health and Safety services.

The latest addition to our portfolio of services is “Hire from NLTG”, our very own recruitment agency which can assist with all a company’s recruitment needs, with the added benefit of an NLTG training programme as part of the package.

Details of all our services and opportunities for employers, young people and adults plus help and guidance for parents and other stakeholders can be found on this website.

Of course, if you need any further assistance, do not hesitate to contact us via the website or through the contact details available.

Thank you for your interest in NLTG and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

Gareth Lindsay
Managing Director

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

Aug 03

Gareth Lindsay becomes NLTG Managing Director

New Managing Director Gareth Lindsay took on the position on the 1st August 2018 when outgoing Managing Director, Jim Harkness MBE, stepped aside after over 26 years at the helm. Jim has now moved on to an ambassadorial role for NLTG.

Aug 01

New centre opened in Oldham

DSC_1267 On 1st August 2018, North Lancs Training Group opened its doors to a newly refurbished Study Programme and Traineeship centre at on Brunswick Street in Oldham.

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

Nov 01

Gareth Lindsay becomes Operations Director

Gareth Lindsay was made an Operations Director of the company.

Jun 16

NLTG win the City & Guilds Lion Award again

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mar 01

Pam becomes Operations Director

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

Nov 01

Dutton Street premises bought

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

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.

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.

Jan 15

Jim becomes Managing Director

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

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.

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.

Jan 01

Pam Mallabourn joined the group

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

May 01

Our first premises bought

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

Dec 01

Outward Bound courses started

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

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.

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.