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Welcome to North Lancs Training Group (NLTG)

Welcome from NLTG Managing Director, Jim Harkness MBE

We deliver Intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeships and Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeships in a wide variety of occupations all over the North West and Yorkshire.

We also offer the Study Programme and Traineeships, the exciting pre-apprenticeship programmes tailored to suit the needs of young people aged 16-18 who are not yet ready, or able, to directly enter an Apprenticeship or employment.

If you are aged 19+ and looking to develop your existing skills or learn new ones, NLTG may be able to help you. We offer a wide range of commercial training courses that meet individual's needs. 


About us

Spending time in a classroom, at college, after leaving school is not the first choice for many people. On leaving school, we understand that you may want to go out to work and earn a wage.

As an apprentice you will work in a full time permanent job, whilst gaining qualifications.

At NLTG we offer a variety of Intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeships and Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeships for young people aged 16-24. For more information on what each Apprenticeship involves, please click below on the occupation that you are interested or to the links on the left.

NLTG can help you to find work, achieve your goals and build a better future.

We do qualifications in the following occuptional areas:

  • General Manufacturing
  • Furniture and Interior Occupations
  • Glass Manufacture, Distribution and Construction
  • Team Leading/Management
  • Business Administration
  • Customer Service
  • Information Technology
  • Catering and Hospitality
  • Food Manufacturing
  • Warehouse and Storage
  • Carpentry and Joinery
  • Woodmachining
  • Retail

For more information on these qualifications follow this link 


NLTG are proud to report at our recent Ofsted Inspection we were judged to be Good across all areas of our provision. 6 Ofsted Inspectors visited NLTG premises, employers and learners 9th-13th November 2015 to inspect us against Ofsted’s recently revised Common Inspection Framework 2015. Our report is available via Ofsted and also ourPublications page and includes some very positive comments e.g.

“The inclusive and supportive ethos of NLTG is outstanding and ensures all learners are welcomed and supported exceptionally well to complete their qualifications”

“Welfare for learners is outstanding and provides exceptional levels of support for those who might otherwise leave their programme”.

“Excellent partnership working with employers and the community ensures that training programmes are designed and meet local and national needs”

The inspection report comments on the quality of our provision to Employers, Apprentices, Students on Study Programmes and Traineeships and Adult Learners. The inspection report also comments about our Leadership and Management, the Quality of Teaching , Learning and Assessment, arrangements for Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare and the Outcomes for Learners

NLTG will now strive towards achieving Outstanding at our next Ofsted Inspection in 2-3 years time.


Facilities available

Our Centre of Vocational Excellence, based at our Head Office in Accrington, offers specialist facilities where learners can undertake practical training in all areas of furniture and joinery manufacturing.

NLTG have years of expertise within the industry and can train learners in all areas of woodmachining including Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and AlphaCam Licom System.

Furniture Assembly, Upholstery, Cutting and Sewing and Polishing and Finishing are training services also available in the CoVE.

Our Vocational Centre of Excellence, based at The Old Bakery in Accrington, offers a fully equipped modern kitchen, bar (including cellar), restaurant and a classroom fitted with all the latest training equipment, the centre caters for both practical and  theoretical training in all aspects of the hospitality industry.


Additional support

Recruitment Officer - This person will help you find your perfect Apprenticeship vacancy within a company, if you are not already in employment. They will look for companies that match your specified criteria and will arrange interviews for you to attend. The Recruitment Team will advise and support you ongoing but mainly at the very beginning when you are looking to start your career.

Training Officer - Your Training Officer will guide you through your qualification, assessing you on the job. They will carry out observations and help you understand the types of evidence required for your portfolio. You will be required to complete work set by your Training Officer in your own time, ready for their next visit. You can contact your Training Officer with any queries you may have at any time between visits. They will support you throughout the programme once you have been signed onto your Apprenticeship, your Training Officer will visit you every 4 to 6 weeks.

Skills for Life Trainer - Your Skills for Life Trainer will support you with literacy and numeracy revision and development (where required), throughout the programme, once you have been signed onto your Apprenticeship. Your Skills for Life Trainer will visit you every 4 weeks

Learner success

Success at National Apprenticeship Awards 2015 Tuesday 13th October 2015

North West’s top apprentices and apprentice employers have been announced in the regional final of the National Apprenticeship Awards and NLTG are pleased to announce our apprentices and employer winning the coveted awards at the high profile awards ceremony on October 12th organised by the National Apprenticeship Service, which was held at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool.

Businesses and apprentices fought off tough competition to win this year’s awards.

The National Apprenticeship Awards, now in their 12th year, celebrate the success of the country’s most exceptional apprentices and apprenticeship employers. The awards challenge top apprenticeship employers and apprentices across England to come forward and show how apprenticeships have made a real difference to their organisation and careers.

Double award win for NLTG at the National Fenestration Awards Monday 7th December 2015

The National Fenestration Awards are the industry’s fastest growing, independent and exciting awards event. Launched in 2013 and now into it’s third year, the National Fenestration Awards aims to become the fairest, all-inclusive fenestration event, rewarding the very best of our sector. The NFAs are run and decided completely by the participation of the industry – surely the most rewarding way to be recognised!

NLTG won 2 awards at this years National Fenestration awards:


NLTG were voted as the best Training Centre of the year for 2015. A great award that we are proud to be recognised for. 


Alongside that, NLTG Apprentice, Oliver Bailey (Glazerite Windows Limited Junior Purchasing Assistant) has won the Young Person of the Year 2015.

As the youngest member of the Glazerite team, in just 12 months since joining on an Apprenticeship fresh out of school Oliver has proven his abilities time and time again and is now managing a budget of nearly £2.5 million.

“He’s taken to the role like a duck to water,” said Glazerite Director Jason Thompson. “We had never employed an apprentice before so we were a little apprehensive at first and not sure what to expect. However, from the very first interview we could see the huge potential in Oliver.”

How to apply

You can apply for courses at North Lancs Training Group (NLTG) through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.

Last updated date: 22 February 2016
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