Opening of a new training and business center in Shropshire
The new Landau Training and Enterprise Center in Wellington will enable people who are not currently working or studying to gain hands-on experience in a number of sectors, including construction, hospitality, hairdressing and beauty.
A fully equipped hair salon, nail bar, cafe, building skills suite and various teaching spaces feature in the new facility, which is located in the former Barclays Bank building on Church Street.
The award-winning charity Landau, which will operate the facility, has also moved its headquarters from the town’s Tan Bank to the new, larger site.
The investment demonstrates the charity’s continued commitment to skills and training in the county and is part of its ambitious plans to provide more than 500 young people with skills and employment opportunities.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the opening of the center on April 29, with the Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire, Anna Turner, doing the honors. She was accompanied at the event by Shropshire Senior Sheriff Selina Graham.
A number of city dignitaries also attended, including Telford & Wrekin Councilor Mayor Amrik Jhawar, Oakengates Councilor Mayor Stephen Reynolds and former Wellington Councilor Mayor Anthony Lowe.
Landau chief executive Sonia Roberts said the new training and enterprise center will play an important role in helping to improve educational attainment across the county by providing a range of opportunities for young people who are currently unemployed or not in education.
“Landau has a proven track record of supporting people through training and accessing sustainable employment, regardless of the barriers they may have faced before, and this new facility will allow us to expand this support to help even more people,” she said.
“This marks a real milestone in our delivery and demonstrates our continued commitment to promoting opportunity and changing lives.”
Elliot Shipley, 21, has been supported by Landau for the past three years after the transition from school to college proved too difficult for him.
He is one of the first group of learners to move into the new building and is currently participating in the Landau study program.
Elliot will take his Level Two exams in English and Maths next month before moving on to the IN2 program which helps young people further their education and find employment.
He said, “I wouldn’t be where I am today without Landau’s support. I aspire to be a paramedic one day, but I wasn’t suited for a regular college, so Landau helped me realize my potential. I am a very caring person and being able to help someone in times of need is my dream, so they help me achieve that.
The new center will provide training in a range of professional qualifications, including introduction to NOCN three entry level construction; level one and two in customer services; NOCN and VTCT Accredited Beauty and Hospitality Qualifications awarded NVQs up to Level Three in Hairdressing and Beauty, as well as Apprenticeships and Certificates in General Functional and Employability Skills.