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PM Training has secured a new grounds maintenance contract with Stoke-on-Trent City Council, which could lead to apprenticeship opportunities for up to 800 young people across the region.

The contract will see the Staffordshire-based training provider delivering a range of services for council tenants through its Homeworks division. Services will include garden maintenance, carpeting and soft furnishings, and painting and decorating.

The contract continues a 23-year partnership between Homeworks and Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Around 150 to 200 learners go through the Homeworks scheme each year, with over three-quarters of learners progressing into full-time employment, apprenticeships or further education.

Will Nixon, Managing Director of PM Training, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be awarded this new contract which will allow us to build upon the 5,000 young people who have already benefited from our ongoing collaboration with the council.

“The partnership allows local school leavers to learn invaluable trade skills along with a range of transferable career skills, opening up a world of job opportunities for them.”

Councillor Janine Bridges, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for education and economy, said: “We’re serious about giving our young people the best opportunities to learn the skills and gain the experience to prepare them for their future careers.

“This new contract will make a difference to the lives of hundreds of young people, providing trades and services that will support our residents and communities.”

The contract will run for two years with an option to extend for two further years, at an estimated cost of £3.6m over the four-year period.

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