Evolve expands into Burnley

A Bury based training business has opened a new site in Burnley, more than doubling its capacity and creating 11 jobs.

Evolve Military College offers training for young people prior to joining the armed forces. Acting as a government funded supplementary education provider, the organisation prepares young people aged between 16 and 24 on a range of disciplines including English and Maths, emotional wellbeing, and physical training and military knowledge.

For younger students, the firm also offers full-time and part-time courses to lay the foundations for life in the armed forces. 

Evolve secured a £95,000 loan from NPIF – BFS & MSIF Microfinance, a product managed by GC Business & MSIF and part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).

The funds have been used to open the Burnley premises, which take its capacity from 50 to 120 young people and create the jobs. The organisation plans to create a national platform within three years, and the loan will eventually fund more jobs throughout the country.

We can go on and make a huge difference in areas that need us

Andrew Emmett, managing director at Evolve Military College said: “The work we do in areas such as Bury and Burnley is crucial to many young people. In helping these aspiring armed services personnel understand the daily life of the military, in addition to training their body and minds, we’re helping smooth the transition into service life as much as possible.

"Now that we have access to the funding, we can go on and make a huge difference in areas that need us.”

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