Preston Vocational Centre
Building Skills, Building Futures
Preston Vocational Centre (PVC) is our charitable subsidiary and offers vocational training for young people and adults who are not in employment or training.
The team at PVC teach a variety of professional trades, working with local schools and partner organisations, to give young people who, for whatever reason, have struggled with mainstream education, a brighter future. They use an innovative approach to engage young learners and since their inception 11 years ago, 6000 people have come through their doors, gaining professional skills, crucial life lessons and in many cases qualifications.
As well as working with young people in term time, the team also offer "Have a go days" in the holidays where local people can try a variety of trades such as plastering, decorating, bricklaying and more recently have won funding to deliver a Twilight project which targets young people at risk of offending or knife crime and takes place in the evenings.
The tutors also work with organisations and community groups who would benefit from vocationally-trained staff or who are looking for an alternative team or skill building exercises.