Building a future

Former soldier Ian Tate (right) who runs the Wigan Training Centre giving Keith Euston some training on the tiles

Former soldier Ian Tate (right) who runs the Wigan Training Centre giving Keith Euston some training on the tiles

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A FORMER soldier from Wigan is offering expert training for the construction industry to boost the skills of the town’s unemployed.

Ian Tate spent 22 years in the Forces before founding Wigan Training Centre at Wallgate Industrial Estate, in Leeds Street, Wigan, last year.

Father-of-two Ian, from Whelley, provides a host of courses including bricklaying, plastering, plumbing, carpentry, painting and decorating for both DIY projects and people looking for work in the construction industry.

Ian, 45, said: “Wigan Training Centre was set up to help the community and plenty of people have attended the courses, including former members of the Armed Forces.

“As I came to the end of my time in the army I realised I had no civilian qualifications. I gained some building experience through my brothers who worked in the industry and managed to achieve a number of qualifications.

“Now I want to help others who will be in my situation, especially as it’s proving more difficult to find a job or new career.

“I want to develop the centre to provide work and life experience for people of all ages and abilities. There are so many people who want to change and improve their life skills.

“I’m working with Wigan and Leigh Skills Shop, The Veterans’ Association and I’m hoping to develop community training in construction and DIY for 14-19 year olds across the Wigan and Leigh area.

“I’m happy to talk to anyone getting out of the forces who would like a chat about which direction to take. ”

The centre offers day and evening classes to learners aged 14 to 18, as well as adults of all ages and abilities, group and family courses.

It currently provides training for up to six people each month.

For more information, contact Ian on 07809 772094, email wigantrainingcentre@hotmail.co.uk, or go online at www.wigantrainingcentre.com