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Leicester training firm enters liquidation

Date Added: 18/02/2013  

Hundreds of young people from the Midlands have seen their chances of getting a job slip as a result of the liquidation of a training firm from Leicester.

Stride has revealed it is going out of business and as many as 280 young people from the city will be affected by its closure.

Bricklayers, car mechanics, beauticians and shop workers were among those who received training from the organisation, which has made 85 apprentices and 33 members of staff redundant.

Speaking to the Leicester Mercury, deputy city mayor Councillor Rory Palmer described the news of the closure of Stride as "devastating" for the young people involved with the programme.

"Stride did a lot of important work in the city. I'm sure this is a decision and course of events which has caused heartache. We will, as a council, look at how we can support the apprentices in what is a very difficult situation," he told the news provider.

Many of the apprentices employed through the Stride organisation have not been paid the wages they are owed, with some of them due to receive two weeks' worth of payment.

Fraser Goodley, 18, of Beaumont Leys, is owed £180 as he was in the middle of a year-long NVQ brickwork apprenticeship and he stated he is "shocked" by the liquidation of Stride.

"There were rumours that Stride wasn't going to be around for much longer. But our supervisor told us the construction side would not close because it made the most money," he said.

Mr Goodley added he has just booked a holiday and other young people on the scheme have relied on their wages to pay for their rent and their bills.

The liquidation of Stride comes a short time after it was announced 63 jobs are being lost across West Yorkshire due to the failure of Parfitts Bakery and Confectioners, which ran stores in Brighouse, Moldgreen, Holmfirth, Honley, Almondbury, Slaithwaite and Newsome, reported the Halifax Courier.

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