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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, Business Administration, Customer Service, Information Technology, Catering and Hospitality, 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.
“We have around 3,000 people on NVQ courses and over 100 tutors, 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.”
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.
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.
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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