Preston Vocational Centre Ltd

Building Blocks for Your Future

To support young people across the Lancashire area by providing the opportunity to venture out of isolation and socialise, gain Construction skills, take part in craft activities with a focus on Health and Wellbeing, enhance communication skills, confidence building and employability support.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1135863)

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Championed by The Reed Foundation


  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)


United Kingdom


1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year (Minds Matters) and we are conscious that after the pandemic, people may be needing extra support and intervention. Young Minds carried out a survey on young people aged 13-25 and found 67% believed that the pandemic will have a long-term negative effect on their mental health. We want to support individuals with their mental health and wellbeing through training, craft activities and mentoring.


As a training provider, we will offer flexible and energizing construction and creative craft sessions, along with mentoring which will involve an individual participant journey to monitor mental health, set targets, build confidence, develop skills and focus on future goals/aspirations. Additionally, we will provide employability support e.g. CV writing/ interview techniques/job searching. We aim to tackle social isolation and wellbeing by opening up our inclusive Centre during school holidays.

  • We have recruited apprentices from PVC who have achieved Level 1 qualifications. What makes them stand out is that they have gained key life skills, have been supported to learn what it’s like to work for an employer, what to expect from working in the construction sector & how to benefit from it.

    — Chris Keeney - Director of JFN Integrated Solutions

  • Hope High are very appreciative of the support and vocational education that PVC provide to our students and would recommend them to any school who may require alternative education options for their students.

    — Carl Curless - Data Manager at Hope High School

  • I started out my journey at PVC & learned several trades in the construction industry. Guided by my tutors, I gained an apprenticeship and this wouldn’t have happened without the fantastic help and belief that PVC had in me. I cannot thank PVC enough and I strongly recommend them to anybody.

    — Gabe - Former PVC Participant

  • I was first attracted to becoming involved with PVC as the approach to the development of the students really impressed me and having had first hand experience of the benefits of a blended approach to education can bring, I was keen to get involved.

    — Mick Higgins - Chair of Board - Director of XACOM