New group helps students excel

Trust in Leigh chairman Trevor Barton with staff and supporters at the opening ceremony
Trust in Leigh chairman Trevor Barton with staff and supporters at the opening ceremony

A new education provider is promising to help people with special educational needs excel at getting into the workplace or living independently.

Excel Education NW cut the ribbon on its new Leigh Road building where it will offer courses in personal development and hair and beauty training.

Student Beth shows off her skills with vocational director Trina Ellam

Student Beth shows off her skills with vocational director Trina Ellam

The community interest company (CIC) has been founded by a group of former teachers who wanted to offer students with special educational needs (SEN) aged 16 and over a personal experience in a relaxed environment.

The new facility has the backing of the borough’s political and community leaders, with Wigan Council cabinet member Coun Keith Cunliffe, several senior officers and Trust in Leigh chair Trevor Barton all attending the opening.

Managing director Julie Parkinson said: “The opening was absolutely fantastic. Mr Barton gave a very warm speech which brought a tear to my eye.

“We’ve all worked with SEN students and we just decided the time had come to really do it properly. We want to really deliver individualised courses that put students first.

“We’re really hoping those who can will be able to fulfil their own potential by going into the workplace through our hair and beauty course.”

Julie Parkinson

“It’s a small venue with small classes as we didn’t want people to be overwhelmed or uncomfortable. It’s going to be really friendly and a family-oriented atmosphere.

“We’re really hoping those who can will be able to fulfil their own potential by going into the workplace through our hair and beauty course. We also hope some students may go on to Wigan and Leigh College and progress that way.”

Julie says both the hair and beauty and personal and social development courses, the latter looking at dressing for interviews, preparing CVs and living active lifestyles with emphasis on cooking nutritional meals, have already attracted interest from those who have come to look round the building’s classroom and salon.

Wigan Council’s social care department will be referring clients to the CIC and appointments are taking place over the next few weeks.

To find out more, visit excelinlife.webplus.net