Death of Kath Soliman, former Chief Executive of Oldham Training Centre, Greater Manchester

A Former chief executive of Oldham Training Centre, which provides manufacturing, engineering and vocational training across the north-west, has died.

Kath Soliman passed away in October, aged 62, after an illness. Her funeral service took place at Uppermill Civic Hall in Saddleworth and was followed by a private wake for family and close business partners.

Oldham Training Centre, on Lees Road, was founded by a group of local firms in 1966 to run apprenticeships and other training courses. It celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016 and has developed over the years to serve a wide range of industry and business sectors. Its work includes engineering and electrical apprenticeships, forklift truck-driving, business administration, health-and-safety and fire training courses.

Recent activities at OTC included events to mark the 50th anniversary. These included open days aimed at school and college leavers, and the burying of a time capsule containing information about the organisation’s history and development. OTC hosted an anniversary apprentice awards ceremony at Queen Elizabeth Hall and, more recently, hosted a Professional Oldham networking event for local businesses. The night included demonstrations of engineering and electrical processes, and first-aid techniques.

Su Greaves, deputy chief executive of Oldham Training Centre, said: “Kath Soliman joined Oldham Training Centre in 2004 and became its chief executive in 2012. Kath successfully steered the business through the various challenges that the industry and funding system present.

“Kath was  totally committed to OTC. She was an integral part of our business and very well-respected within the training-provider, learning and business communities who, we are sure, will share in the sense of loss being experienced by our staff, associates and colleagues.  This is very sad news.”

Kath Soliman was also remembered at the latest Professional Oldham event, held at Hollinwood Business Centre (see separate report in our events pages).

PICTURE: Kath Soliman, centre, at Oldham Training Centre during a Professional Oldham network event in 2017 with, left, OTC clients Tony Smith of EDM, Newton Heath, Manchester, and, right, David Farrington, of E Farrington & Co, Hyde, Tameside.

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