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TOP TRAINING AWARD FOR PIONEERING LIVERPOOL COURSE

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Liverpool City Council has matched Liverpool FC and romped home with its own hat trick of prestigious awards - and ...
Liverpool City Council has matched Liverpool FC and romped home with its own hat trick of prestigious awards - and been praised by prime minister's wife Cherie Blair at the same time.
The city council's Positive Action Training team has scooped a national award - for the second time - for their work to open up careers like engineering and building work to women.
And this accolade is hot on the heels of their recent success at the National Training Awards, where they walked away with one of only 15 Special Awards and were the only local authority to achieve this.
The team were presented with their new Business in the Community Opportunity NOW Award by Cherie Blair at a special ceremony in London. Just three public sector organisations were shortlisted for the prize.
Cherie praised their work and expressed her delight that Liverpool had won. She also welcomed the opportunity to receive a personal invitation to visit Liverpool and meet the PAT Team.
City council executive member Marilyn Fielding said: 'The team is doing a fantastic job and going from strength to strength, winning national recognition as they go. They work extremely hard to make sure people who might miss out on the chance to get the jobs they want are given those opportunities. This is yet another notch in their belt.'
The PAT scheme which won this award aims to help women overcome things which have held them up in the past and get into areas of work which are traditionally male dominated.
Since the programme started in 1994 around 200 women have benefited with 85% successfully completing nationally recognised qualifications and going for jobs in non-traditional areas of work.
Elaine Pritchard was a trainee on the course and is now a principal health and safety officer. She had worked in a bank and as a part time teacher before hand, but was not working when she began the course. Other women have don the course with no qualifications at all to begin with.
Elaine said: 'I'm so glad I did it and I'd recommend it to anyone else. It's an opportunity not to be missed. If it wasn't for the scheme I wouldn't be where I am now.'
PAT also works with other people who might face difficulties breaking into work, such as people from ethnic groups, and disabled people. It is funded by the city council with money from the government and Europe too.
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