Comment - Boost for town’s jobless

BOOSTING the job prospects of young people in Wigan is crucial in order to tackle the borough’s rising youth unemployment rate.

With little public funding, Ian Tate has helped dozens of teenagers gain qualifications for the building trade at Wigan Training Centre, since it opened last year.

The former soldier provides a host of courses, from bricklaying and carpentry to painting and decorating, for both DIY builders and people looking for work in the construction industry.

Ian used his initiative during his final few months with the armed forces, as he began considering life away from the military, and gained qualifications to work in construction.

Now he is passing on his knowledge to others in his home town searching for employment.

If others followed Ian’s lead, similar schemes like Wigan Training Centre could cover a whole host of industries, as well as construction.

Many people are desperate to find work but finding opportunities are dwindling. With more schemes like the one run by Ian, the town’s jobless could be given some much-needed support.