MP supports Stevenage training centre

From left to right: MP Stephen McPartland, CEO Deborah Smith CEO at Ridgemond Training and Steve McQ

From left to right: MP Stephen McPartland, CEO Deborah Smith CEO at Ridgemond Training and Steve McQueen, chair of the board of directors - Credit: Archant

Hertfordshire’s largest independent training provider which offers study programmes to teenagers welcomed Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland to its head office.

Steve McQueen, chair of the board of directors of Stevenage based Ridgemond Training and Helen Parrish, director, met with Mr McPartland to show him the work done by the business.

Deborah Smith CEO at Ridgemond Training and members of her new senior management and business development team relished the opportunity to demonstrate progress and unveiled timeframes for the launch of the first pilot telecommunications course.

This consists of 10 weeks of fast-track sector specific training, 10 weeks of work experience, ending in a guaranteed interview.

Mr McPartland said: “I was very impressed with the course content, timeframe, employer links and progression pathways, which were outlined. However, the passion and enthusiasm of the staff really struck me and the young people I met were amazing ambassadors for Ridgemond Training Centre.


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“The work they are doing will certainly help reduce the gap between education and employment locally, so young people have the skills that employers want. I look forward to working with them as more courses are developed that help get young people into work.”

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