Learn, Work and Earn

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12th June 2015

Gardening Demonstration At APTCOO's Learn, Work and Earn CentreGrab your tools and wash your hands – a new learning and work opportunity has opened in Mansfield.

On Wednesday (June 10th) A Place To Call Our Own (APTCOO) launched its Learn, Work and Earn Centre, which provides a learning and working environment in which to train, educate and nurture disadvantaged young people and the wider community.

It aims to increase people’s employability and offers work experience in areas such as cookery, horticulture and woodwork.

Speaking at the launch APTCOO’s Mike Holmes says that interviewing the first batch of potential apprentices for the programme has been a lot of fun – largely due to input from the café at the project.

He said: “At APTCOO we like to do things in a different way and it was the most fun interview I’ve ever been involved with.

“It’s not every interview you get the chance to cook and eat tasty food!”From L-R APTCOO Charman Lorna Carter, Alan Withington, Carol Burkitt and Mike Holmes

At the launch event attendees got the chance to sample this food (using ingredients grown by the program) as well as seeing demonstrations of gardening, DIY and Wiki websites, which allow young people to record their wishes and aspirations for the future.

Chairman Lorna Carter told IRIS how the project had been specifically set up following discussions with the local community.

She said: “In this world we’re not always that good at listening to our parents, children and young people but for APTCOO it’s at the centre of what we do.”

The centre is based at 79 Sandy Lane, Ravensdale, Mansfield, NG18 2LT.

For more information contact 01623 629902 or email [email protected]