Plans for a new training centre are given go-ahead

Upton Village Hall is to be extended with a new training centre.'Steve Scott and Martyn Ward
Upton Village Hall is to be extended with a new training centre.'Steve Scott and Martyn Ward
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A TRAINING centre could give youngsters and the unemployed the skills needed to getinto work.

Wakefield Council has approved plans by Upton and North Elmsall Parish Council to build a one storey extension to Upton Village Hall, on Harewood Lane.

And, if funding is secured, it will be used as a training centre to help young villagers improve their employability.

Plans state that the red brick flat roof extension will match the existing building.

Chairman of the parish council, Shaun Hodson, said he was really excited about the prospect of the training centre.

He said: “This will be to enable people to get some skills needed to be able to get jobs.

“Because we are out of the way of major towns it’s difficult for people to get the essential training that is needed to secure jobs, so we thought it would be a great way of giving people that opportunity.

“Youngsters leave school and need a second chance, and we think this will be it for them.

“Not only for the younger generations, but for older people who may have lost their jobs or just need extra help.”

Coun Hodson will be discussing funding options with the parish council later this month.

He said: “We would like to get something sorted financially in the form of grants, or whatever it might be. It will be a great thing for people of all ages.”