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Northamptonshire scheme for training young people

Work has started on a new scheme to provide disadvantaged young people in Northamptonshire with housing support, training and advice.

Upton Lodge Farm House in Northampton is to be renovated by youths as part of a scheme, spearheaded by charity YMCA.

The house will be turned into a centre for training in construction skills.

The £432,000 scheme is part funded by West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (WNDC) and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

'Build better future'

The aim is to give young people skills needed for the construction industry.

The scheme, which started last week, will provide disadvantaged young people with the skills, knowledge and confidence to lead successful lives.

Northamptonshire YMCA chief executive officer Peter Storey said: "Northamptonshire YMCA has been helping disadvantaged young people for many years to build a better future for themselves.

"We are excited to be involved in a project that will train many young people in valuable construction skills, helping to gain employment and a secure future for themselves."

Deputy chief executive of WNDC Roger Mendonca said: "The growth of Northampton goes well beyond new jobs and housing. It's all about improving the quality of life for all local people."



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