New training provider hopes to bring success to Tameside
Thursday 14th June 2018 @ 13:26 by Tom Greggan
Ashton Business News Tameside

A new independent training provider for young people in Tameside has opened up in Ashton.

Juniper Training, an Ofsted rated GOOD provider who supports over 1700 students per year, delivers the MINT Study Programme, Traineeships and Apprenticeships across 13 Centres based in the West Midlands, East Midlands and Cheshire.

Juniper already has a training centre located within Stockport and are excited to extend their offer to support the young people within Tameside and neighbouring boroughs. Juniper is an alternative to College and offer a 100% progression promise to remove any barriers to learning or progression into a job, apprenticeship or further education.

At the grand opening of their new centre on Stamford Street on Monday, Tameside Council Leader, Cllr Brenda Warrington cut the ribbon to welcome Tameside’s latest provision for young people. Cllr Warrington said she’s looking forward to see the borough’s employers working with Juniper to get those young people into work.

Cllr Brenda Warrington officially opens the new Juniper Training centre.

Cllr Leanne Feeley, Executive Member for Lifelong Learning, Skills and Employment, added: “We’re really happy to have Juniper here in Tameside and it’s great to be here today for their opening. Juniper are going to be really important in terms of offering that provision for people outside of mainstream education. We think it’s great and we’re really happy to have Juniper here.

“There are different routes of success for people and we think it’s really important that we try and maximise every opportunity. As an employer working with young people, I’ve always tried to support apprenticeship training because higher education is not always the route of success for everybody. This is going to be a great opportunity to support people through different routes.”

Juniper staff will be hoping to replicate the success of their Stockport base at the new centre. “Last year at our annual conference, we won Most Improved Centre so we were really pleased with that, said Juniper Performance Manager, Chartlotte Stonier.

“The students are happy there and progressions are good. Students are not just going into apprenticeships and jobs but they’re keeping them as well, which is the main thing really.”

Speaking about what will happen at their new Ashton centre, Charlotte added: “Here will be where we run Maths & English, which will initially be for one day a week, depending on how many students we get. The students will be learning employability skills, sorting out their CV and applying for jobs.

“There are also vocational options; in August we’re going to have the new certificates in retail customer service and business administration. Students can be working towards that, ready to progress onto an apprenticeship.”
For more information and to see how Juniper can help you, visit www.junipertraining.com or visit them at their new centre on 166 Stamford Street, Ashton. You can also follow them on Facebook- facebook.com/junipertraining, Twitter- @juniperCSS and Instagram- @junipertraining.