A group of teenagers from Chorley have been awarded a nationally recognised qualification for participating in a unique work experience project.

The teens, who all live in Clayton Brook, have been part of an 18-month programme which has given them the chance to explore employment opportunities while also working towards a BTEC qualification in team work.

The programme was funded and run by the housing provider, Places for People, and Rock FM, who provided the group with the opportunity to produce and host a number of radio shows.

They also helped the teenage participants to organise alternative work experience placements at other local companies.

One of the teenagers in the programme, Lauren Fox, 15, wanted to develop her experience and skills as a baker.

As part of her project, she completed two weeks’ work experience at the bakery, Lathams of Broughton, in Liverpool Street, Preston, where she impressed the company so much that she is now being considered for an apprenticeship position.

Lauren said: “Being part of this has been great as we’ve been able to find out more about the jobs we want to do. I really enjoyed my work experience as I got to see how the bakery worked. My favourite part was the cake decorating.”

Pat Egan, managing director at Places for People, presented the young people with their certificates at a special event held at the Places for People office in South Rings Business Park, Bamber Bridge.

He said: “Helping to build thriving communities is an essential part of what we do and working with the young people living there is an important part of that.”