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Established in 1969, NLTG is one of the largest independent training providers in the country and we pride ourselves on the quality of services we deliver 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 services 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 employer’s business.
We can source apprentices for employers or train existing members of an employer’s team. We deliver Apprenticeships at Levels 2 to 5 in a wide variety of occupations - Furniture Occupations, Business Administration, IT Digital Support, Customer Service, Digital Marketing, Improvement Techniques, Catering & Hospitality, General Manufacturing, Warehouse & Logistics, Glass Occupations, Team Leading, 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 who are not yet ready, or able to directly enter employment or an Apprenticeship.
Our courses for the unemployed have assisted many people in returning to the world of work and creating a better life for themselves.
We also offer a range of commercial training options, including e-learning courses, compliance training, and bespoke training design and delivery, alongside our health and safety programmes.
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!
NLTG was founded in 1969
Owned by approximately 29, 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.
Due to outstanding demand for our Traineeships and Pre-Apprenticeship programmes in Bury, we had outgrown our existing premises and opened a new larger centre.
We are proud to announce that after a two day Ofsted inspection on the 26th-27th November we have maintained our ‘Good’ Provider rating!
On 1st September 2019, North Lancs Training Group opened another Study Programme and Traineeship centre on The Rock in Bury.
28th August 2019 was a significant day for NLTG as we officially turned 50! On this day 50 years ago, a meeting was held at 13 Cannon Street, Accrington, where it was agreed that North East Lancs Training Group would be set up to as a training group for the furniture industry. 50 years later and NLTG are one of the largest, independent training providers in the country.
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.
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.
Collette Humphreys becomes Operations Director and celebrates 30yrs of service with the company.
Record number of City & Guilds Gold Medals for Excellence awarded to NLTG i.e. 8
Gareth Lindsay was made an Operations Director of the company.
Three-time winner of the City & Guilds Lion Award for Recognition of Centre Excellence.
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.
We won the City & Guilds Lion Award for Recognition of Centre Excellence again in 2013 to make it 2 years on the bounce.
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.
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.
Jim Harkness awarded MBE for his more than 38 years of services to training.
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.
We celebrated our 40th Anniversary in style with a special dinner at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Accrington.
NLTG learner Lucianne Hinch finishes as runner up for 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.
NLTG learner Jonathan Pearson wins the National Apprentice of the Year award out of 250,000 work-based learning apprentices.
Our Furniture Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) was officially opened by Lord Kirkham, owner of DFS Furniture Stores.
Bradshawgate premises officially opened by HRH The Duke of York KCVO ADC on the 5th March.
Bradshawgate premises bought for £830,000 to house ever increasing staff numbers, a Furniture Training School and a car park. Refurbishment began in 2003.
It was agreed to make Pam Mallabourn a Director of the company with the title Operations Director
Dutton Street premises bought for £85,000 due to increase in staff numbers.
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.
Infant Street premises bought due to increased staff numbers and was opened in June 1996.
We applied for it in February 1992 but had to wait until December before people were trained so we could be assessed.
Jim Harkness was offered a Directorship of the company and his title became Managing Director.
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.
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.
Pam Mallabourn joined the group as a Training Officer on 1st January 1981.
After looking at several premises, it was decided to offer £7000 for 85 Whalley Road.
Outward Bound courses started for the best 12 Apprentices and it was to be an annual event.
Jim Harkness starts as the new Group Training Officer on the 1st January 1973 on an 18 month contract.
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.
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