A vocational training centre in North West Leicestershire showcased its facilities during a recent visit by the district council’s Business Portfolio Holder.
Councillor Tony Gillard, Portfolio Holder for Business at North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) took a tour of the T.E.C.K (Teaching Educationally Creative Kids) facilities at its base in Agar Nook, Coalville.
T.E.C.K, which was established in 2015, has expanded over the past three years, partly thanks to a £20,000 Enterprising North West Leicestershire Grant, which are provided by NWLDC to businesses looking to grow and employ more local people.
The company provides alternative vocational training for young people who find themselves disengaged from mainstream education. Following its grant, it has been able to buy new equipment and expand into larger premises, creating new jobs and increasing the amount of training they can provide.
Accredited to the Institute of the Motor Industry to provide motor vehicle qualifications, learners at T.E.C.K go through theoretical and practical elements of the course; building and repairing car and motorcycle engines, whilst working on literacy and numeracy skills and also learning new skills in the likes of computer aided design and software programming.
Speaking of the visit, Managing Director of T.E.C.K Wayne Derbyshire, said: “It was an absolute pleasure for all the staff who work here at T.E.C.K to meet Councillor Gillard and members of the council’s Business Focus Team. I was very proud to show everyone around the facilities we have at the vocational training centre.
“T.E.C.K has expanded over the past three years and we have a structure in place to facilitate the learners’ individual needs. My sincere gratitude to North West Leicestershire District Council for our original funding grant that set us on the path we’re on today.”
Councillor Tony Gillard, Portfolio Holder for Business at NWLDC, said: “I was very impressed during my visit to T.E.C.K and am proud that we have such a vocational facility in our district. Helping young people to learn, develop, train and ultimately find work is so important, particularly for those who find that mainstream education doesn’t suit them.
“The work at T.E.C.K is making a real positive impact on young people’s lives – I thank Wayne and the team for the opportunity to see some of the work they do.”
The Enterprising North West Leicestershire Grant scheme has now closed to new applications. However, businesses can contact the Business Focus team directly on 01530 454 594 to discuss their plans for growth and what support is currently available.