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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Boss hopes to secure cash for Millom training centre

MILLOM’S educational future is looking very bright after plans for a vocational training centre were given the green light.

Courses in bricklaying, decorating and plumbing are among those that could soon be offered if plans for the new centre come to fruition.

Planning permission has been granted to transform an industrial unit at the Devonshire Road Industrial Estate into a training facility, with the possibility of local businesses benefiting from the space too. Copeland Borough Council has granted change of use permission for the unit to be converted, allowing it to be used for training purposes.

The training centre is the idea of Millom Network Centre manager Paul Stewart, who hopes to secure cash for the project from funding providers including Space North West.

He said: “The application is part of our research, we haven’t purchased anything yet. We have to get the planning permission before we can move on with our project opportunities.

“What we still need to make sure is that the community are behind this and we are still encouraging them to let me know that they would like the skills centre for all the training that we have got planned for in there.”

Paul is looking for local business partners to get involved and said the momentum of receiving planning permission would be built upon, with a business breakfast with interested parties set to be held next month.

He said: “People have to travel to colleges in Barrow or Workington for these courses. There is nothing locally here for that need.”

And he added that he wanted to involve as many organisations as possible to allow the project to grow.

Paul said: “We know there are elements of the project that are definitely needed and will be supported.

“To make it a bigger and better project, we need a better indication of who wants to get involved and who wants to support it.”

l To express an interest in the vocational facility, email paul@millomnetworkcentre.co.uk or call Paul on 01229 719650.

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