MP faces the music and get creative with City College apprentices(February 12, 2012)
MP Steve Rotheram met with a group of creative apprentices at Liverpool Community College’s Arts Centre today (Friday 10th February 2012)
The MP for Liverpool Walton took part in a live music session with a group of creative apprentices and met with a music apprentice who is helping to launch an exciting new music development programme for young people across Merseyside.
The new programme, Roscoe Project, which is delivered by Roscoe Recording Studios and Youth Music, will help talented young bands in the city record their material and network it to a wider audience within the music industry.
Music apprentice, Adam Daulby, 21, was recruited by Roscoe Project to help launch the new programme as well as engage with exciting new talent. He said: “Getting the chance to gain valuable experience, earn a living and continue with my studies at College is just a dream come true for me. I am thoroughly enjoying my Apprenticeship and would highly recommend this as a progressive and rewarding career route.”
Mr Rotheram, who was made a ‘friend of the college’ in 2008 for his continued support and involvement, said: “It is fantastic to see such a talented and passionate group of creative apprentices, which is an industry that continues to grow. It is important that the right Apprenticeship training is developed with employers to ensure that highly skilled apprentices can go straight into industry.”
Liverpool Community College has more than 60 Apprenticeship frameworks ranging from Pharmacy to Technical Theatre.
Peter Shilton, project manager of Roscoe Project, said: “Given the current economic climate it is incredibly difficult for young people to find employment generally. Coupled with the competitive nature of working in creative industries there is a real need for creative Apprenticeship programmes in order to create opportunities in this field. Not only do Apprenticeships offer opportunities to improve skill-sets they also give all-important real-life work experience to take forward into full employment.”
He added: “Adam has added variety to our workforce, enriching the quality of our work as a result. The actual process of bringing Adam into our organisation has been made very simple and easy via the support that the college provides.”
The College and the National Skills Academy hosted a creative and cultural event earlier this week (Wednesday 8th February) to showcase their creative and cultural talent during Apprenticeship Week (6th-10th February)
Elaine Bowker, Principal of Liverpool Community College, said: “Liverpool has a thriving cultural and creative sector and this event has really showcased the skills we have to offer in the city and also the value apprentices bring to businesses. I hope more firms are now inspired to come forward and take up apprentices.
“By colleges, students and businesses working together, we can create a skilled work force which will help power economic growth for the creative sector and Liverpool as a whole. I hope more firms will recognise the talent and key skills that Apprenticeships create and come forward.”