'Totally committed' former Oldham Training Centre chief executive dies

Date published: 18 October 2018

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

Kath Soliman died aged 62 on October 12, after an illness.

Her funeral service will take place on Friday, October 26, at 1pm in Uppermill Civic Hall, Lee Street, Uppermill OL3 6AE. 

This will be followed by a private wake for family and close business partners.

Oldham Training Centre 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.”  

The funeral directors are Jason Worsnip in Shaw, Oldham. Donations in memory of Mrs Soliman can be made to Dr Kershaw’s Hospice via the funeral directors on 01706 840256.

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