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Chef Omar wins ‘Apprentice of the Year 2016.’

The Courthouse Restaurant deputy chef Omar Zamir has been awarded with the North Lancashire Training Group (NLTG) Apprentice of the Year award. He was presented with a certificate and a trophy by the NLTG team which recognised all the hard work and dedication he has shown throughout his apprenticeship.

He can now add ‘top apprentice of the year’ to his collection in addition to being honoured with the City and Guilds Medal for Excellence and Apprentice of the Year in retail, Hospitality and Tourism at the Asian Apprenticeship awards.

Gareth Lindsay, NLTG’s operations director said: “To say that Omar is a great apprentice is an understatement. It has been a really good year for him and he deserves it. We are very proud and delighted to award him with our apprentice of the year award.”

Omar has worked at East Lancashire Deaf Society for nearly 7 years after completing his apprenticeship and later being employed as a chef.
He said: “I am proud of myself and shocked at the same time because I was not expecting to win the award or have a lot of people vote for me.

I have been at ELDS for a long time and I am happy that they offer these opportunities. The team continue to encourage the non-hearing and help train all the apprentices when they come to work here.”

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Massive Congratulations!

At East Lancashire Deaf Society we offer a range of apprenticeships for Deaf young people aged between 16-24. Last night we were invited to an Asian Apprenticeship Awards ceremony in Birmingham. Over 450 people attended to recognise and celebrate the talent and diversity among apprentices within the BME Asian community. We are very proud to announce that we at East Lancashire Deaf Society were awarded two separate awards!! We won the ‘Asian Apprentice Award’ and the ‘Company Award’. We are extremely proud and humbled to be recognised for our involvement, as both employer and learning provider, in supporting the BME Asian community.

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Major bus routes in Blackburn set to be axed

Some bus users in Blackburn will face travel problems as three major bus routes are to be withdrawn.

The routes that will be cancelled are:

3 From Blackburn to Little Harwood & Sunnybower

8 to St Mary’s College and Wimberley

9 to Revidge

In addition to these services being withdrawn, the number 2 bus service to Royal Blackburn Hospital is to be replaced by the Shadsworth Shuttle, which will run via the hospital to and from Shadsworth.

The bus routes will be axed August 28th, and the reason behind the axe is due to low passenger numbers.

Shaun Walmsley, general manager at Lancashire United, said: “Over the past few months we’ve had to carefully review some of our network due to external factors that have placed added pressures on our operation.

“Across the county, in the last six months, we’ve seen a cut of £1million in public funding to our operation which had previously provided support for those routes on which very few people travelled.

“We are seeing average loads over the whole journey on those routes we are withdrawing of less than nine passengers per trip, which just isn’t sustainable. We will still run some 60 buses in Blackburn and remain the key operator of the town’s services.”

Town hall buses are working on minimising the impact on the affected passengers. Cllr Phil Riley, executive member for regeneration at the council, said: “We will be doing everything we can to minimise the impact on passengers following these decisions.

“The council is currently speaking with other bus companies about the likelihood of routes being provided on a commercial basis.”

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How did East Lancashire Contribute to the EU Referendum

After a bitter campaign, Britain has voted to leave the European Union with a 52% majority.

How did East Lancashire voted.

Over 33 million people in the U.K voted yesterday, on a day that will go down in history.

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Artists are set to bring Blackburn town centre to life

Blackburn town centre arts festival

The forgotten walls of Blackburn will be receiving a face lift by six female artists, in order add ‘new light and colour’ to Blackburn town centre.

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Blackburn company fined £250,000

Check Point Claims have been fined £250,000 by ICO, after making 17.5million nuisance calls to people using a recorded message.

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East Lancashire business collapse results in 50 job loses

Thornton Sports Group in Altham has ceased trade resulting in 47 of its 52 staff being made redundant.

The company which manufactures, fits and maintains sports surfaces and artificial grass, had problems which hadn’t been rectified and made the business unviable.